Some of you knew that I was having an MRI yesterday. My last was 4 weeks ago. This one was required for the vaccine trial…that’s all.
I had switched back to an 8 week cycle for my anxiety. Between the visits for MRIs and vaccines, I’ve seen my neuro-oncologist more often than I’ve seen some of my closest friends. I’ve also had appointments with cutaneous oncology and a rheumatologist. Those last two for my psoriasis – which flared after I stopped my chemotherapy. So, for those of you who wonder if chemo helps reduce symptoms of psoriasis, my answer would be yes.
I almost think that since there’s nothing interesting going on with my brain at the moment, they feel the need to find other things to focus on. While I do have other health issues, they are very minor in comparison to brain cancer. Everything else can be solved with a little topical creams and a good chiropractor. Now that they know that, I’m hoping they give up the search.
But anyhoo, I had another MRI and nothing has changed since my last MRI 4 weeks ago. BUT it was at 7am. This is way too early for me and most people I know. Luckily I found a ride (thank you!) and started my day with a nap in a tube that made Atari ‘video game’ noises.
My next appointment was at 1pm. So, I spent my day trying to stay warm at the Stanford mall – an outdoor mall configured in such a way that the freezing winds blow powerfully at you from all angles. I thought maybe I’d get some Christmas shopping done. I sat in Starbucks to stay warm while waiting for stores to open and the reality of having carry any presents around for the rest of the day occurred to me. Ultimately, I did VERY little buying and a lot of browsing – mostly just to get out of the icy cold wind and avoid sitting in the Cancer Center for hours.
It all made for a very unexciting and long, cold day. Needless to say I’m going to go back to a 12 week MRI schedule. My neuro-oncologist has better things to do with his time and so do I.