Wednesday, December 30, 2009
12.30.09 - brain MRI
yesterday i had the brain MRI - wow, what a bizarre experience. it's good i like very tiny spaces. now i understand why claustrophobic people can't be in this machine. fortunately, after having had a chest MRI and having been inside the tomotherapy space 36 times, going into a machine doesn't bother me. i was given earplugs, large ear pads were put around my head, and i was inserted into a super snug machine. for about half an hour i heard all kinds of different loud noises--noises like construction work, then beautiful drumming in africa, then some rain, then hammers pounding, then strange birds making popping sounds. it's a great place to have a vivid imagination. but not a good place if you need to cough. then i was taken out of the machine, and the tech tried twice to find a good vein in which to put contrast--memories of chemo. then back into the machine and more birds, construction, drumming, and rain for another half hour, and that was it.
today dr. rost called with the results, teasing me that my brain was physically okay, but maybe not in other ways. haha. so he suggested i visit the otolaryngologist who has been recommended to me and see if the otosclerosis, which i've had for many years, is causing the vertigo. wheeeeeeeee
it's nice to start the new year knowing i don't have a brain tumor. that would have really ticked me off.