I got a call from the doctor this evening. He said that the results of the MRI are mixed and even contradictory. Some of the images showed that everything was just fine while others showed an increase in size that typically indicates a recurrence of tumor. He conferred with my neurosurgeon and she saw no reason to go back in, which is where I'm deriving some relief from the news. (However, the recovery from the surgery was cupcakes compared to recovering from the radiation.) Apparently part of the apparatus that makes it possible for a pacemaker person to have an MRI makes the images a little less clear than your usual MRI.
So the plan is that there are two other kinds of MRI things that can be done. The doc had already checked with the MRI folks about doing these with a pacemaker and they said it's a go. So, and this is my own personal estimation, I expect that I'll be going back for another MRI next week. Hopefully later this week, but there are several doctors that have to say it's ok - cardiologist, for example - before it's ok. My poor cardiologist has to ok each MRI. I hope I'm not just turning him into a signature factory..... hehehe!
Below is the song I was listening to (here's where I was hearing it) and then he starts talking about an epidemic disease that now has a vaccine. While a cancer vaccine is pretty much out of the question due to the widely various types of cancer, hopefully some sort of cure is either around the corner or is happening and just under serious scrutiny before going public. Here's hopin'!
It's me, Kevin, but with a brain tumor. Disclaimer: I have a very dry and twisted sense of humor. This is a scary situation. The jokes ("tumor humor") could be a little dark from time to time. I intend to keep this rather interesting for you, but if I get a "how could you SAY that?!?" response from you, know it's just, well, I hesitate to use "gallows" humor, but I don't have better phrase for it. Enjoy, and thanks for your support through this time.