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Rumours of Tumours

Rumours of Tumours

Today was a big day. Annie and I went to see consultant neurologist Miss Stana Bojanic to discuss my brain scan results. The good news is that tumour is not malignant, but rather a slow-growing meningioma. She showed us the scans, what different bits showed and the two options for treatment.

Firstly, it can be left alone and scanned every 6 months. The trouble with this is that it will almost certainly grow and that wll cause big trouble. I really don’t want to have to undergo surgery when much older. Risks become far too high. Also, the larger the tumour the more difficult the removal is.

Secondly, I can elect for surgery. This is what I said I’d prefer and Miss Bojanic implied this is likely the best choice for me. She said I could probably be seen in July and went through all the grisly things that could go wrong. Very thorough I’m sure. Her bedside manner did not include encouraging or comforting words. I think that would be good to include as the very thought of having your skull opened up is very scary.

Afterwards we found Badley Woods and had a picnic lunch and a short walk. The woods are nice but suffer from A34 traffic noise. However, we had a lovely time. We always do when walking.

So naturally I spent the following day looking at photos of people’s heads with bits of skull removed, showing their brains. I felt nervous and fed up and needed a hug.

 

Bagley Wood

Bagley Wood

Dizzy

Dizzy

I awoke on Thursday 25th March 2021 feeling very poorly. The room was spinning, my vision was blurred and I was seeing double. I thought nothing of it. Just a one-off.

The next morning the same thing happened. So Annie rang 111 and after answering many questions, a medical team was sent out. Not an emergency, but they though it best to check. My age – groan! They arrived within half an hour and measured everything. Not only did they declare me alive, but that all seemed well. However, as is routine, they had called a nurse and she arrived half an hour later. Her tests checked out fine too. However, best to be cautious (at my age it could be a mini stoke) and so Annie drove me to the John Radcliffe Hospital and because of the poor parking, dropped me off and went home. I spend most of the day in the waiting room. I had a cannula fitted, then a while later later I was examined and questioned, and then another while later I was sent off for a CT Scan. Oh dear, this showed “something unexpected”. Looked like a tumour. I was asked to return the next day for an MRI scan (produced a more detailed image). I had been there for 9 hours, but all in all they were great and I felt in safe hands.

JR Cannula

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