Kelly Stafford, wife of former UGA quarterback Matt Stafford, is still deep in the recovery process from brain surgery earlier this month.
Stafford underwent a 12-hour surgery to have a benign tumor removed, leaving the hospital for home a few days later. Then she had to return to the ER due to complications.
Per her latest Instagram post, Stafford is back at home — that’s the good news. But she’s dealing with post-surgery issues, one of which she described as “feeling college drunk:”
“When they took out the tumor, they also wiped out the entire balance system on my right side. I wish I could explain it, but I think it’s something you have to experience. I can’t turn my head right without feeling college drunk.. I’m talking end of the night, cant put one foot in front of the other, knowing you’ll be sleeping on the bathroom floor, college drunk. I have to rework my brain to know that it can only rely on my left side, which will take time, a good amount of time.”
Stafford, 29, and her husband met while both were students at UGA. They married in 2015, and have three daughters.
Her story has been followed nationally, including media coverage by the Today Show, Fox News and People Magazine.
Matt Stafford, who will kick off his 11th season at quarterback for the NFL’s Detriot Lions, missed the first week of voluntary offseason workouts to tend to his family. But he was back with the Lions last week, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Matt sent a congratulatory text message over the weekend to T.J. Hockenson, the University of Iowa tight end who was drafted in the first round by the Lions, per TMZ.