Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Another Scan, Another Success (I Think?)

Hi all.  Just a quick update about my PET scan from last week.  The report indicates that the soft tissue cancer sites appear to be disappearing!  Unfortunately, there wasn't any measurable progress with the bones, but stable is better than getting worse, so I'll take it!! 

Also, I've been laid-up with nasty, prolonged headaches that won't go away with over-the-counter pain medicine, so I spent yesterday at the imaging center getting an MRI of my brain.  Good lord if I didn't have a headache going into the machine, I sure had one coming out.  It was SO INCREDIBLY LOUD. I can't imagine what it would have been like without with my ear plugs in.  It was a 30-minute assault of tones, beeps, pounding and pulsating noises that I can't really describe.  The closest I can come is that it was a barrage of emergency broadcast signals on steroids, machine-gun fire skewed through a synthesizer, and electronic fusion'ized jack hammers, all coming from random directions in random tempos at random times. My brain must've been lighting up like a pinball machine.  None of the sounds ever made any sort of musical "pattern," which drove me insane.  I tried to figure out a rhythm and at least turn the noise into a mental chant of some kind but it was utterly impossible.  In terms of decibel, it was as if every note was being funneled out of a jet engine then compacted and sent directly into my eardrums.  Maybe they should use brain MRIs to get the terrorists to talk.

But enough about that.  The results of my torture proved useful in the sense that there's nothing wrong with my skull or brain.  Whew!!  I was worried they'd discover all those dead cells and empty spaces I managed to develop from chemicals and other illegal substances I used back in my pot-smoking days.  Sorry Mom. 

So now that we've eliminated a worst-case reason for my headaches, I probably just need my vision checked (even though I think I can see pretty well, maybe I don't know what I'm missing).  But the eye exam will have to wait.  We're off to Hawaii for a vacation in paradise, where I plan to zipline over a waterfall or five. I'll try to think of you losers while I'm gone.


Anonymous said...

That is fabulous news about the soft tissue sights. Sorry about your headaches but your analogies are certainly funny. I am glad it turned out to be nothing. Keep up the fight. You are winning, Ann. We will be at the Black Tie Breast Gala. I love the postcard.
Love Beth

Anonymous said...

MRI's sound like a jet engine trying to crank up, misfiring and blowing up all at the same time! I don't get how the techs have you put ear plugs in and still talk to you and expect you to answer!?!?!? Good news with shrinkage & stability, great news that your noggin is clear!
Enjoy Hawaii and knocking off another bucket list entry! Dawn

Anonymous said...

Good lord, does that sound terrible! So glad they didn't find anything wrong. Perhaps you need more of those "pot-smoking days", eh?! Have some fun and sun in Hawaii, I'm totally jealous!
<3 Julie

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear about the results! I hope you are having a blast in Hawaii and Dave and I are looking forwad to seeing you at the Black Tie Breast Optional Gala! Love ya! Laura and Dave

Anonymous said...

Ann - it has been too long. Paul and I are so looking forward to seeing you on the 10th! Your blog is amazing, keep up the fight! - Ellen

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