I awoke this morning a lot earlier than I usually do. Despite my bed inviting me back to sleep, I had to fight the urge to close my eyes. The time for my two-year MRI scan and neurosurgery check-up was here, and I needed to make my way to the hospital.
I’m not particularly fond of MRIs, but I’ve grown accustomed to them over the years. Lying inside that giant tube-shaped magnet isn’t so bad.
The sounds of the vibration of the metal coils in the machine caused by the rapid pulses of electricity have become sort of soothing. However, part of it might have to do with the fact that I transform them into a classical concerto in my mind. The time in that machine gives me a sort of “quiet” space for thinking, and it does what it’s supposed to do – take images of my brain.
The MRI went smooth enough. Next came the waiting game for my late afternoon appointment to begin. So, after getting a couple of “grown up responsibilities” out of the way, like catching up on my social media notifications and watching an episode of Vikings, I made my way to my appointment.
The neurosurgery clinic was the same as I had remembered it. There were some old and new friendly faces there, too.
After checking in, I was led to a room to wait for my doctors. Not long after, there they were. It’s always nice catching up with my medical team. I mean they’ve been with me through all of this madness and still haven’t tired of my crazy/silly self. ( Or at least, I’d like to think they haven’t. haha )
They informed me that my new MRI scans turned out great. The round dot that appeared in previous scans was nowhere to be seen in the new ones, and my continued lack of seizures was good. So, this meant only one thing…
I graduated from Neurosurgery Patient School!
And, as long as everything continues well, I won’t have to pay this old place a visit anymore.
I don’t think there is a grading scale when it comes to patients, but I think I did pretty well. I don’t think I was too much of a nuisance along the way, and I did make a lot of the staff laugh in the process.
But, if I could give myself a grade, I’d say I’d fall in the top ten percent of sassy patients. And, it’s an accomplishment I’m so happy to share with all of you!
It’s been a fun ride, and, honestly, it’s going to be a bittersweet ending. I’m going to miss my amazing doctors. They took good care of me. They gave me back a little of myself I thought I’d lost a long time ago. And, they will always have a special place in my purple heart.
To them, I say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! And to celebrate my commencement, I plan on continuing binge-watching Vikings. Skål!