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So when the phone rang this morning and the Caller ID read an OU number I tried to stay calm...but I wasn't at all... The doctors secretary said: Ms Clayton Dr. Patel would like to speak with you do you have a minute to talk with him now. I said yes and she said okay, just a minute. Then Dr. Patel picked up the phone and told me he got the results and the everything came back normal. He then went into the explanation of what comes next, the spinal tap getting scheduled, a follow up downtown and medication started after the spinal tap. It didn't matter much to me what he said after the MRI was normal. My brain is good! I don't have a brain tumor. I don't have to figure out how to tell my family that. Telling them it was normal would be easy. I took a few deep breathes and listened to all the doctors instructions and then send Justin a text to let him know it was clear. "Told ya" was what he had to say.
As I shared the good news with the people I needed to share it with it was reassuring to realize that I had a long list of people to notify, because it meant that I had a lot of people that cared for me. And had it been the worst case scenario, I knew I would have been well taken care of. It is amazing to me the caliber of friends I have here in OKC and every where that were concerned with what was going on. I am so glad to know that i have amazing people around me. If I don't get to live close to my family, I am so grateful that I am blessed with amazing people that love and care about me. Those who thought about me and prayed for me and watched my kid most of the day yesterday and ran me all over town to doctors appointments and sent me messages by text and email to let me know they were thinking about me. I have truly amazing friends around me, so thank you to you all.
And just for comedic affect... here is an awesome clip sharing my sentiments exactly!
So rest assured... IT'S NOT A TOOMAH AT ALL!!!!
Incidentally, I should explain the actual results as we know them right now. I do have swollen optic Nerves. As of right now the assumption is that I have Pseudotumor Cerebri. We will not know that for sure until AFTER the spinal tap which as of right now isn't officially scheduled yet. At the spinal tap they will measure the pressure in my brain and spinal cord as well as run some other tests on the actual cerebral spinal fluid. They will test for meningitis and other infections that could cause increased pressure (Just to make sure). There is still not a ton known about what I have, but like I said the assumption is Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC). Once I have the spinal tap I will begin taking a medication used to treat Glaucoma, which helps to reduce the production cerebral spinal fluid. This will decrease the pressure. Best of all, one of the best ways to treat PTC is the loose weight if you are overweight. Since I am 6 pounds down since starting weight watchers last week, I am counting myself on the right track for it all. Its amazing what random extra 20 pounds can do to your brain! Glad to be on the right track there.
Its all a long drawn out explanation and a long drawn out process of figuring it all out, but I have a few extra blessings to count today and I am so glad to be able to count them. Thanks to anyone who thought about me, prayed for me, whether or not you know what was going on. Thanks to you all! And thanks to everyone that helped me yesterday with various things throughout the day!