I just finished “The Lives of Cells” by Lewis Thomas. I was going to explain how eye-opening and enjoyable it was. Then I saw this:
(Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)
It’s pretty accurate, even though Mr. Thomas was a biologist. The book is a fun read, though.
From Tuesday to Friday morning I will be going through a Three Day Video-Monitored EEG. Once again I dive into the breach of medical experimentation. This will be the most comprehensive procedure so far, though not necessary for all epileptics. The reason they want this is because I’m still getting little “episodes” (petit mals) while on the drugs and the previous EEGs only picked these up as blips. I’ll be taken off my meds to see how worse the episodes get and how they are related to my seizure activity.
During this week I’ll try to keep you posted. This is contingent on whether I have wi-fi. They said I could bring in all my electronics (laptop, DS, DVDs) as they want me to stress my brain out as much as possible. I can call people (need stress? call family!) and have visitors, but it’ll only be three days so I may not get so bored as to call everyone in my phone book.
I may also be doing some video monitoring of my own since I’ve stolen my mom’s handy video camera for a little while. I don’t know if anything interesting will happen, though. I’ll keep this updated with that info. The only things I can imaging letting everyone know about is whether or not I have seizures and how badly I start hallucinating by day 3 when my brain realizes it’s not getting it’s fix of heavy duty neurological medication. Yay brain chemistry! I’ll try not to make any hospital food jokes or show too many images of me as I’ll be covered in wires and wearing my comfy pants.
And if nothing happens, I’ll just post more pictures from tumblr:
Today my health and patience was tested once again. I went in for an MRI and an MRA. Can’t move, can’t eat beforehand, sans coffee once again, and I had an added bonus of pure pain. It was a comedy of errors, but hopefully it will benefit me in the end.
As those who go through MRIs know, you have to lie there for an extended time without moving. I did the stupid thing and put my arms on my stomach. After 15 minutes, your hands start to fall asleep. After 20 minutes, they are really aching to be moved and you have to focus on anything else because they CANNOT MOVE. Since I had two tests I was in there for what seemed like a half hour more after that and just gave up all hope of using my hands for the rest of the day. Finally there was a break in the clicking noise and I jumped at the chance to move them. Great. Now they are cold and tingly. It’s also cold in the whole room and I’m in a T-shirt.
Time for the contrast part. Warning: this gets a little vivid. I tend to have thin veins. Since I wasn’t allowed to have food or drink 4 hours prior, they were extra thin and practically invisible to the nurse. When she tried to give me the shot she was so unsure she left to have the doctor try. Mind you the overall supervisor of my tests was in there monitoring the situation and came back with the doctor, minus the nurse. The doctor had me go through another quick MRI test before administering the dye. When he then tried getting the dye in my right arm, he messed up and a sharp pain went through my arm. They applied a warm compress, but I still was not allowed to move. They brought in another doctor. He got the job done in my left wrist. Three guys standing over me, apologizing for my thin veins. Thanks guys! And 15 more minutes in the tube with sharp pain in one arm.
Anyway. As all was said and done they gave me CDs to take home so I could check out the fruits of our labor. Now I will share with you a handful of my favorites:
Click on each thumbnail for bigger images. The last one is of the MRA. I’m not exactly sure how to interpret it. Since I have some neuro-fans following me, I thought these would be fun. The reason for the title: The CDs I got had “MR Brain” written on them instead of either MRI or MRA.
I had a more fitting post with the rest of the week, but I fell on the back steps while smoking and have, to much my delight, been laid up most of the day. I believe this may have been a message from the lung gods to quit smoking. But it just feels so right:
Some more for fun:
All found at the wonderful & magnificent Fake Science, of course.
I’ve been catching up on The Big Bang Theory. Partly is because it inspires me to go back and get a new degree in science. Partly it is because it’s like having nerdy friends in my computer (I so sad). Partly is because of Sheldon. Why is he so hot and so non-sexual? Or, rather, why is Jim Parsons so hot and so gay? Life is not fair. Then again, even if he was straight, bitches would be all up ons because:
(Sorry so many memebase pics this week. I went on a surfing binge over there and they were covering topics I wanted to cover anyways…)