I finally got to speak yesterday afternoon with the neurologist covering for mine, who is taking care of rounds at the hospital this week. While I didn’t completely understand the words from the radiology report, the gist of it is that there is an “unenhancing lesion” on the spinal cord near the 2nd cervical vertebrae. This is near, but not necessarily related to, the neck injury I received in a 10/1999 car accident.
The doctor I spoke with only had the report, not the films (which I have), so could not give much more of an opinion. He did, however, say that the words the radiologist used were not those that would describe a tumor, and that swelling (which is what I was told by the person from their office who told me I needed and emergency brain scan) is not the right word either. The rest would have to be determine with me and the films of the scan present with my neurologist. That will happen on Monday (7/30).
So, a lull from the drama apparently created by ill-informed words by whomever was told to call me about the brain scan. I did mention to the doctor that there is a training opportunity there. He apologized for the way this all happened. I can live with that (though the pain in my neck and the numbness in my hands is more distracting to live with).
The lull encompasses a number of aspects of life. We’re in a waiting phase for Tim as we look forward to his 8/21 appointment with another specialist. And we’re eagerly awaiting Cathie’s return home this Thursday from her mission trip to Bolivia (see updates here).
I can handle a lull.