Monday, July 5, 2010

Before Devic's - Fast Forward

This was originally posted on June 9, 2009 on my other blog. This blog will have a new design before the month is up. Yay! Until then, I'm going to do "Before Devic's" posts just to catch everyone up on how I got here.

Say hello to my brain. "Hello Sarah's brain!" Or part of my brain I guess I should say. And check out that nose. Much smaller when you remove all that cartilage. ;)

Yesterday, I had my first (and hopefully last) Brain MRI. It wasn't that bad but what everyone told me was definitely true. If you're claustrophobic, it's your worst nightmare. Luckily, I am not. I had it with and without contrast and for those of you who don't know what that means, it's basically with an IV and without an IV. The "juice" in the IV is used to show pictures of structures more clearly.

I was able to prepare myself before the procedure by asking lots of questions and talking to people who have been through it before. One obvious bit of advice, No Metal! So I purchased an acrylic tongue ring so my beloved hole in my mouth wouldn't close up while in the machine. :) Mom would be proud. LOL! And I even remembered to bring a sports bra so I would be nice and comfy while my head was being photographed.

However, I didn't notice that the panties I was wearing sported a very tiny metal ring. So there I am, forced to wear the fashionable medical shorts supplied by the facility just in case a situation like mine should arise. The machine was loud and the knocking was extremely annoying but I managed to close my eyes and relax for the 40 or so minutes it took to complete my MRI.

I was able to get a copy of my scans but have yet to hear the results. Tomorrow I go in to get wired for a 72hr EEG. That should produce some interesting posts and pictures. Luckily, this device will be removed before Bean's birthday party this Sunday. Whew!

So here we are. From a "possible MS" comment to a visit with a Neurologist. From Neurologist to being scheduled for 3 or 4 tests. And from there, who know's. Maybe it's good news and maybe it's bad, but all we can do is wait.

Did I mention that the waiting is killer?

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