Dec 19, 2009

A Very Expensive Cold

Went to the doctor's yesterday morning for this damn cold. Z-pak, mucinex, and steamy showers were the prescription.

Got a call yesterday afternoon from the doctor's office. The results of my MRI showed NO calcification (yay!) but, the nurse tells me ever-so-seriously, it did show bilateral sinusitis.

No shit. Ya think??

Pass the Kleenex, please!


Dec 17, 2009


I am not claustrophobic.

I am, however, fidgety.

Neither is a particular revelation to me. How very true each is, however, was brought home by today's MRI.

No results for a while but the procedure itself was uneventful. Many thanks to everyone for their positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated.


Dec 4, 2009

A Horse of a Different Color

A little backstory:

Saturday the 14th of November, I was singing in a cabaret fundraiser. One measure, I was perfectly fine, the next, my head exploded in pain. The worst freakin' headache I have ever had. I quite literally saw stars. It scared the shit out of me. I was honestly wondering whether I was dying but I scarfed down two Advil courteously provided by another vocalist and made it through my two pieces (Everything's Coming Up Roses and Music That Makes Me Dance, for anyone who's interested). The Advil didn't even touch the pain.

I woke up the next morning with a remnant of the headache, which flared again into brutal life when I was singing a solo at church that evening.

Monday, it happened again (I wasn't singing this time).

Tuesday, I called the doctor.

It took nearly a week to recover from that series of headaches - because once the actual headpain was gone, my neck was killing me from holding my head as still as possible.

About a week and a half ago, I had a CT scan.

Tuesday, the doctor called me to say that the scan was "normal" but that I have a 5mm calcification in the frontal area of my brain. (Ok, I know it's not a tumor (she was quite clear on that) but, honestly, there's something slightly larger than a BB in my brain; how can that possibly be normal??!)

She can't tell me anything more. Google, however, kindly tells me there are any number of causes of brain calcification... and any number of effects. Interestingly, one of the effects can be Parkinson's-like tremors. I wonder if that's why my hands shake? I also wonder how long this thing has been there and whether or not it's likely to grow.

At any rate, now I go for an MRI on the 15th.

Not sure how to do this but, darn it, when the results come back, I want to see the pictures, I want someone to explain to me exactly what this thing is, how it got into my brain, and what the f*ck it's likely to do to me in the future. And I don't want my primary care physician to be doing this. She's a nice enough person, I suppose, but she's good with the brush off. I want a neurologist. I need to figure out how to put that to her so that she doesn't get offended and so that she does what I want. I'm Gen-X - I need more than just a "trust me, it's fine".

Fortunately, the headache has not come back. Unfortunately, it seriously weirds me out that there is something non-brain in my brain. A headache of a different nature, I suppose.