Posted: February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

This update will be short, but I at least wanted to keep everyone up to speed with everything.

I was checked-in at 8:30 this morning and the procedure started promptly at 9am. The challenging issue for this team was the communication barrier…I wear a hearing aid in my right ear…without it I'm as good as a potato without butter. I can read lips, but this doesn't work inside of a giant lifesaver MRI machine. Once they got me situated and literally strapped down it dawned on me that I really couldn't escape…somewhat of a daunting reality. In-between beam level changes, they would push me out and ask me to wiggle my toes, or to say my name, or tell them how many fingers there were…I got the last one wrong twice and exclaimed, “Don't I get to call a friend or something?” The team started laughing so loud, it was a nice break for everyone.

I guess the combination of medication through IV as well as the encouragement I got all morning got me through today with such ease. It's really all a blur now. I am still exhausted and can't wait to go to bed…EARLY!!!! I do notice a slight communication delay side effect from the treatment…sometimes I know what I want to say, but the words just are not there…the dots take a bit longer to connect. BUT this is temporary and common with frontal lobe tumors.

I wish I had a wise thought…but my brain is just not clicking tonight…I can tell I'm not myself. But God is still in control and I can sleep knowing He will be where He always is tomorrow too. It's the only part of my life that hasn't changed…and never will.

Chemo in the AM…. Goodnight!!!


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