Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MRI Scheduled



The MRI is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2 at 9:30 am. I have to be at the hospital by 9 so that I can be prepped.

I could have been in tomorrow, but we have a huge storm coming, and I don't expect to be getting off the mountain tomorrow.

All well-wishes, prayers, Catholic candles, joyful thoughts, good mojo, they are all appreciated. (For the appointment, yes, but while I'm waiting for it, too. Peace and calm, I need them ...) I will be in the MRI machine for ONE HOUR in which I am not allowed to move. Makes me wish I was a small child because they'd sedate me for it. The most difficult part is that they always make me lie down on a hard head rest that presses against my old brain surgery scars.

A few people have asked me whether it's likely that the MRI is to just re-check after the CT, and this is why there's little likelihood of that. (I HAVE been known to be wrong in the past.) An MRI really is a big deal.

A CT takes no prep and is done in about five minutes, even when they have to administer contrast dye.  It is essentially an X-ray.

An MRI takes half an hour of prep and takes up to an hour to complete. The MRI machine is also much more expensive to run. And it can be dangerous - I've had three different people call and confirm that I do not have a pacemaker, any metal implants, claustrophobia, etc. I'm taking notes of all the medical stuff that I can't let them ever do to me if I want to keep having MRIs!

I should note that I am actually slightly claustrophobic, but cancer scares me more. I'll deal.

Thank you all for being so patient with me.




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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Why No New Posts on CD?



 Although I am not writing any new posts at the moment, I want to let you know what I AM doing. It's a lot!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ch-ch-ch-changes ...



It is safe to say that I have no patience.

I have been working hard at the blog re-design and I just could not wait until my intended January 1 unveiling. There are many changes!



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One Scan Down ...




The CT scan was at 12:30. The technician and I had fun - the absolute nicest people in the world work at hospitals. We talked about what I should expect, that if nothing shows up on the CT scan, then that's that. They won't say "Oh, there's nothing on the CT, so we'll do an MRI" because MRIs are very, very expensive and there's an incredibly long waiting list.

Then I proceeded to have the most rotten afternoon, in which my credit card was declined (the payment just hadn't gone through - oops), the weather went from warm-enough-for-a-cardigan to freezing, and I locked my keys in the car. All this, by the way, after Miss P kept us up all night, so no one got any real sleep.  Everyone has days like this, right? They get better.

At 6:20 pm, the doctor's office called.