Thursday, July 24, 2008

Where'd my brain go?

I know the quality of these stinks but I had to get regular film instead of a CD since they're being taken to a new NL's office. So, I couldn't get screen captures like I usually take off the CD.

Even as horrible as these are, you can still see there is an issue on the right side. These are both MRI's and CT's, all taken during my 6 days in the hospital in May. I have dozens of the sheets and it shows on every pic of every sheet for both the 2 MRI's and the CT.

The question is why it looks like I am missing a chunk of my brain? Depending on the angle, sometimes it looks like there is an oval outline of the said area, and sometimes it looks like a big void.

Did I do something in one of the falls hitting the concrete? Is this seizure damage? Or causing the seizures?


  1. Hmmm... that is interesting. I'd sure ask the doc about that! Let me know what s/he thinks it is.

  2. Oh golly Keesha... yes, thats what it looks like to me, but I'm not a doctor online, on TV or anywhere but in my own head. Prayers to you as usual! Smoochiedoodles!

  3. Is that first one with or without the Gad? It's times like this I wish I were still working with the group of neurologists and neurosurgeons, or at least still on friendly terms. I bet this is directly linked with the seizures.

    Lots of love and prayers!

  4. Good Grief!

    Where indeed?

    I would bet money that this is related to the seizures. Can you figure out a timeline for when this started? I assume it is not in the films from around the time of your fusion, so relatively recent, ah? What does the report say? Are they planning to monitor for progression and all that good stuff?

    Sorry for all the questions.

    But on a positive note, if you forget anything and someone calls you on it, you can whip out one of these pics, point to the void, and say. "But I DID remember! It was stored right here! ...Oh."

    hehehe If you don't laugh, you might have the screaming meemies...


  5. Hi Keesha,

    I agree with OSM, it probably is related to the seizures.

    I've really missed you on ASAP. I figured you're still having really bad seizures. I've continued to pray for you and your family and I ask others to pray for you, through my blog.

    Since I see that you're really not much better, I'll continue to ask others to add you to their prayer list and I'll do the same.

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Take care, I miss you much. Janice from ASAP

  6. Keesha - I got this in email today and it reminded me of you (I hope it comes thru)

    Bearers of Light by Amy Carroll

    “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.”
    Psalm 89:15 (NIV)

    As a lover of history, I was fascinated by a story that I heard about Benjamin Franklin recently. Franklin had decided that lighting the streets of Philadelphia at night would add both beauty and increased safety to his city. Instead of embarking on a campaign of speeches and writing to persuade the other citizens, Franklin himself bought a large and beautiful lantern and mounted it on a long bracket in front of his home. He kept the glass clean and sparkling, and each evening at dusk he faithfully lit the lantern.

    Soon his neighbors began to take notice, and they began maintaining their own lanterns at their residence. Like wildfire, the trend spread throughout the city, and it eventually became a city-wide, city-sponsored program. As the story is told, Benjamin Franklin influenced the entire city of Philadelphia without a word. He simply began to enact change in his own sphere and spread light to all those around him.

    As a Christian, I sometimes look around my world and feel horror at the darkness around me. One hour of the evening news is enough to leave the bravest heart running for cover. Stories of child abuse, murder, the spread of deadly disease, starvation, extreme poverty, the heart-break of war and the evil of man swirl around me on the airwaves and churn daily from the printing press. The truth is that we live in a hard world where bad things happen to good people and bad people alike. It’s often a frightening and confusing place.

    But there’s another truth that we must not overlook. God is sovereign. Those three words bring hope and comfort to my soul. God is sovereign, and He calls His people to bring His light into the world. I may not be able to change tomorrow’s newscast, but I can be a bearer of God’s light to those around me. I can make sure that my family’s Bible is well used and that my children know about His love for them. I can share His hope and pray with neighbors that are hurting. I can behave ethically in the workplace. I can serve in my church and community and share my time with others.

    I John 1:5b says, “...God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” If we are walking with Him, He fills our lives with light that shines on those around us. By our words and actions, we are called to bring Light into a very dark world. Let’s resolve to be Light-bearers to those in our sphere this week and pray that the Light will continue to spread in our community.
    Dear Lord, even though I live in a dark world, help me to focus on Your light. As I fix my eyes on You, make me transparent so that Your light can shine through into the darkness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  7. It looks to me like an arachnoid cyst. It has all the characteristics of one.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and for posting all of the information provided.

    I hope you have many comfortable days ahead.

    Take good care,

  8. Hi Tina. I have arachnoid cysts in other areas of the brain but that's not one of them. Just more damage from 9 months of meningitis that's left a permanent heap of issues that's doing me in.

    I hope you have a good day!

  9. i don't understand the pictures but i know how you are feeling and i agree i think what is wrong with you is whats causing the sezures. but they can'tdo anything ?o won't because of the money? i hope somehow you get the respect and the correct answer in how to make you be here for a lot longer. i am so very sorry this has happened to you, you soooo do NOT deserve this kind of treatment. blessed be my friend