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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Annual MRI Results

My annual MRI was this morning. Even though I have not seen the technician's report, I think my Magic 8-Ball says: "ALL SIGNS POINT TO YES" (Yes is good.)

To the ongoing chagrin of my doctor friends, I studied my brain images this morning and they look the same as last year's. The pituitary area still has that darned spot that was the subject of debate at Tumor Board, but it has not changed or moved in almost three years. It shouldn't be there, but at least it is dormant. The sleeper cell in my own brain, perhaps.

Also, the plaque from my "T2 Flair" series of images looks exactly the same.

Long story short, my ongoing issues with dizziness, ennui, yo-yo testosterone and pandiatonicism all likely stem from the medications and hormone replacement therapies, not the tumor itself.

This is both good and bad news. If the tumor had started to make a move, we would have an explanation and a course of action. With a boring MRI result, I have to decide whether to tinker with my meds or just accept things as they are. As I wrote before, it's not so bad, but I know what "healthy" feels like and I'm not there.

Still, I'm not dead—which is a plus—and I have good vision in both eyes which is even better during football season. For now, I'll take it.