I have to tell you how excited I am that this is my 500th post!!!! To all of you who have been with me from the beginning, thank you for your support and friendship on this journey! And to those of you new to this blog, welcome!! When I started this a little more than 3 years ago, I never thought I’d be writing beyond my treatment. Hell, I wasn’t even completely sure I’d be alive in 3 years. And yet, happily, here we are! #500!
Ok, so a few things to catch you up on… First, I still haven’t connected with my ENT about my brain MRI, since I have somehow managed to miss every single call from him (like, 5 or 6 of them… I give him points for persistence!)! In the meantime, I did receive a copy of the report directly and I’m pretty sure it says my brain is normal. Although it doesn’t sound like they found much in there: “There is no evidence of intra nor extra-axial blood, fluid collection or mass.” (Whew!) “There is no significant increased signal on diffusion weight imaging to suggest acute infarct. There is no pathologic enhancement or focal mass effect. There is no evidence of enhancement within the 7th and 8th nerve complexes. There is no….” Well, you get the point. I am only curious about “The cerebellar tonsils are low-lying, but without Chiari malformation.” Yep, just curious. What does that even mean?
Secondly, I am now the proud owner of a brand new…. wait for it!…. hearing aid. Yep. I’m officially old. Or just officially suffering from long term side effects of chemo. I guess it doesn’t really matter. My hearing loss is “moderate to severe” and my language recognition in my left ear is only 76%. I do pretty well at work, where context is pretty narrowly focused on work, so I can “guess” the words a lot. But in other places where speech is more random, I do struggle quite a bit. Being tired of saying “what?” a hundred times a day, I figured I should just go for it.
I went hi-tech, opting for an iPhone compatible device, complete with Geo-tracking and a few other features. I was going to post a picture of myself modeling it, but you really can’t see it (which is great). It is pretty comfortable, but hearing things I haven’t heard in a while is taking some getting used to. Clocks ticking, keyboard clacking, birds squawking… It can all be a little annoying, but I am assured that my brain will eventually get used to hearing those things again. I have bionic hearing for the person typing 6 rows away, but then still can’t hear my husband sitting next to me! (Ok, maybe that’s selective…?) Anyway, we are still in the adjusting phase, so I’m sure we’ll get it all worked out.
Other than that, I have been trying tons of new recipes. Look for those in the next few days.
IMDb: 500 (2014)