2019 Neurosurgery Follow-Up

Gracious! So, I had my MRI in early May this year, but didn’t have my follow-up appointment with the neurosurgeon’s office until yesterday. The radiologist’s report from the MRI said some worrisome stuff: Study Result […]

MRI News

So, they like to do an MRI about a month after you leave the hospital. It gives them an idea of how things look once some of the swelling has gone down. They performed my MRI last […]

Yay, Notes!

Several weeks ago, I requested the notes from my surgery, and they have finally arrived!  Compelling stuff, I’m sure, if you speak Medical. I’m going to spend a chunk of today trying to translate and […]

Dr. Bloch

I mentioned a while ago that I had contacted Dr. Orin Bloch about his research. As I’m going through the pre-surgery documentation to revisit the details now that we know more about what was in […]

Second Opinion

Back before the surgery, when I was looking for a second opinion about treatment options and researching who the best surgeons in the area would be, Grand Rounds located the very impressive Dr. Manish Aghi to […]

Physical Therapy

So, two days ago I had my first physical therapy appointments. Really, appointment one was physical therapy, appointment two was occupational therapy, and appointment three was speech therapy. I had been curious about what occupational […]

Two Week Review

Last Friday we met with Dr. Ferriera, the amazing neurosurgeon who handled my craniotomy, to follow up briefly on the post-surgery pathology report. Here’s what he said: it turns out that the tumor is a […]

Post-Surgery Notes

Still no pathology report, but here are some of the official discharge notes from after the surgery: Assessment and Plan Extracted from: Title: Clinical Document Author: Emerson, MD, PhD, Samuel Date: 5/5/15 Discharge SummaryDATE OF […]


My angiogram was yesterday afternoon (I said in yesterday’s post that it was going to be today, but have updated it because that was incorrect). They did it around 2:00 p.m., and it went very […]

The Schedule

Monday, April 27th – University of Washington Medical Center CT and MRI: 3 hrs – 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 28th – University of Washington Medical Center Neurosurgery department physical and history with Courtney: 1 hr – […]

Goose Chase

Mayo has a few quirks. One is that they assign a doctor to you – you don’t necessarily get to choose who will do your surgery. They had initially assigned Dr. Michelle J. Clarke, who […]


Abe and I had a long talk about the hospital question, and made a decision. We decided to go to Mayo. We have friends and family in Minnesota, which is great. Also, the Mayo Clinic is one of […]


So, my excellent neuro-oncologist has indicated, depending on the outcome of the surgery, radiation treatment may not be necessary. She shared an article by Almefty (2007), where on page 2465, he says the following: “Radiotherapy […]

My Medical Team

My neuro-oncologist is Dr. Lynne Taylor, and my neurosurgeon is Dr. Joseph Serrone. At Virginia Mason, doctors get together and review these sorts of cases with a team of people once every other week. Here […]


Here were the findings from the initial MRI, for anyone who is curious: There is a high T2, homogeneously densely enhancing mass expanding the petrous apex and left side of the clivus. Dimensions are 29 […]