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Back-To-Back Seizures (Kinda)

Well toots. I had another seizure on Saturday. That’s a fast turnaround since I just had a seizure a few weeks ago. Never a good sign. I was playing with my nephew, who had just finished his peewee football game. His older brother was suited up on the field. We were swinging on tree branches, between practicing touchdown dances, when all of a sudden I felt the seizure coming on. I looked at my eight year old nephew, who didn’t even know what a seizure was, and by the tone of my voice, he knew something was very wrong. I told him, with my bug eyes, to get Dan. I slowly followed, pulling pills out of my purse. There was so much excitement, the fans cheering for the players on the field, kids throwing balls, girls taking SnapChats with their friends, laughter, yells. There was nowhere quiet to go. I put a pill in my mouth and chewed it, hoping it would seep under my tongue and enter my blood system fast. Dan came to me, pulling off my coat since I had lost control of my torso. I always overheat when there’s seizure activity, so it’s important for me to get cool as soon as possible. He gently rocked me down to the ground, supporting my neck. He then ran to get water, and ice, and a few people started to ask if we needed the trainer, or a medical professional. I was able to tell them it was nothing to worry about, that I’m epileptic, and will be fine in a minute. A big fear of mine is being put in an ambulance, and being placed in the hospital, but we were able to avoid that issue. I don’t know what I would have done without Dan. As…

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Too Large? Too Dense?

Man. What a week. I’ve been a busy bee. Happy second anniversary to us…for the brain surgeries, that is! April 27th and 29th (which also happens to be my mom’s birthday – yay for mom!). Last Friday, I jogged over to the UW hospital to retrieve my most recent records from my MRI. I always get copies of the actual scan, and then I also get the radiology report which shows the analysis by the radiologist experts. It’s important to get copies of the reports because they are constantly contradicting my nurses and oncologist. It’s incredibly confusing. For example, at the main appointment after my MRI, my oncologist haphazardly pulled out measuring instruments to compare my current MRI on April 19th, to the tumor scan in January, during which he showed a couple of millimeters of growth in a couple of directions, telling us the tumor was progressing. But, according to the current radiology report, my tumor measured the same exact size of 10 mm x16 mm x 11 mm. What gives? Are the nurses and oncologists uneducated in accurate MRI measuring techniques? If so, maybe they shouldn’t be interpreting the results in our meetings. Maybe they shouldn’t be inferring results and determining treatment until they receive the official radiology report. According to the current report, there is slight growth, however the measurements have not changed. I’m not sure why they would say that there has been slight growth, and yet the measurements have not changed. We were so confused that my parents contacted the hospital so that we could talk to a MRI reading specialist. For the record, this is not a typical or usual occurrence, and it is not encouraged – but my family is persistent. I think most people don’t analyze their MRIs quite as deeply as…

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