I thought it was time for a community update on my Brain Cloud, since I finished the rather involved evaluation by the pituitary specialists down at Oregon Health Science University Northwest Pituitary Center, which is part of their Brain Institute. There is no way to definitively say what my pituitary mass is without taking it out… Read More One Millimeter Between Me and Brain Surgery
I am truly grateful for my wonderful friends who are tagging along with me on this whole pituitary adventure, eagerly awaiting the next turn. Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement. I spoke with my nurse practitioner from the Neuroscience Center this afternoon, and all of my test results are back. All… Read More The Verdict is In… Almost
I made it up to the Swedish Neuroscience place in Seattle yesterday and had a bizillion lab tests done, as well as meeting with the endocrinologist and his nurse practitioner. Mostly the NP–the doc just joined us at the end, after SHE had done all the work. They said that my adenoma, at one cm,… Read More Pituitary Workup
I just got off the phone with Dr. Ludlam, the Pituitary Endocrinologist at the Neuroscience Institute at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. The consult took only took 4 minutes, and it was the second screening call with them, part of their preliminary process to actually going in for a workup. I think he wanted to… Read More Phone Consult with Dr. Ludlam
It’s been two years since I posted anything about my pituitary tumor (aka my “brain cloud,” which comes from one of my favorite movies, Joe vs The Volcano). There really hasn’t been any reason to mention it because the neurologist I saw in 2008 said it was a big nothing. He told me to have… Read More My Brain Cloud Has a Friend
What do brain tumors and flying saucers have in common? I don’t know. But I had to deal with both of them yesterday. My appointment was with a Dr. Jon Kooiker in Olympia, the neurologist selected by the general practice doc. I was grateful to have gotten in much sooner than expected. After getting lost… Read More "Brain Tumors" and "Flying Saucers"