After two weeks of working to coordinate two different doctors' orders for my second MRI, the hospital finally got the paperwork straight and scheduled me right away -- the next afternoon in fact. So, last Thursday, December 9, I went in for the scan. It was a very long scan - over 2 hours - and it included my brain and neck, and cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. So basically, the whole shebang! And, of course, mom made SURE that they performed the MRI according to Dr. Barkovich's instructions. Those familiar with NCM know how important that is.
I did great during the scan, and while the anesthesia worked well during the procedure, the second they took it away (it was a gas), I woke right up. I wasn't even out of the tube yet! I guess it's good to know how quickly anesthesia wears off me before I begin having my surgeries!
The next day, which was a Friday, we waited all day for the phone to ring. Alas... it didn't. So, when 4:30 rolled around, mom sent an email to my wonderful dermatologist (one of the ordering doctors) to see what's up. Dr. P. is so awesome -- five minutes after she got mom's email, mom had the report. And.......
IT WAS FANTASTIC!!
The small spot of NCM is still there, but has not changed. While that was expected, it is still a blessing to know it is stable. The rest of the scan was completely normal. We couldn't be happier.
Now, if you remember back, one of the reasons I was having the scan was because my parents discovered that my pupils were unequal. So, the MRI didn't do much in the way of clearing up that mystery. But, the opthamologist didn't expect it to anyway. So, we're not totally back to square 1, but we're close on that issue. I suppose that may just be how my eyes are, and thus nothing to worry about. We'll see what the doctor says after he reviews the MRI with mom.
So, this was glorious news, and mom and dad can really relax now. We've had great appointments with NCM specialists who don't think we have much, if anything, to worry about neurologically. We've had a full and complete scan, and know how extensive -- or how mild, I should say -- my NCM is. Now it's time to just enjoy the holidays and prepare for surgery.
We leave 2 weeks from tomorrow...