Yesterday’s appointment with Dr. Watson, the gamma knife specialist in SL., went well. I am scheduled to receive the one time treatment Wednesday, Nov. 17. The doctor says this procedure has a high success rate (80%), and thinks this will be the step to “clear my head.” I have to admit I was a little scared when a very kind and super cheerful nurse showed me what would happen. The machine itself looks high tech and like a CT scanner, but she also showed me the prep room and the tools they use to hold your head in place.– I started looking around for Dr. Frankenstein!! I guess the scary looking metal tools are titanium screws they screw into your head right against your skull. The nurse said, the screws don’t go into your skull, only your scalp, but they are all pointy! There are side affects like I will probably get some bad headaches because of the brain swelling. Yeah, I get to take steroids again and grow some more facial hair! The really scary possible side affects I’ll spare you because they happen in less than 5% of cases, so it’s not worth worrying about. Besides, I choose to side with Alphonse Karr who said, “Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”
OK, enough of the terrifying! I’m excited to get the procedure done, and I’m grateful for such great technology and a great doctor to perform the procedure.
Tuesday night we were reading scriptures, and the kids usually spread themselves out throughout the room, but because it was so cold, they naturally sought each other out for warmth. It was Keala’s turn to read, and I couldn’t resist taking a picture.