So, it seemed at one point that I might have to have my pacemaker replaced, adding another surgery to the process. Well, I talked with my cardiologist and his office said that the new kind of pacemaker does exist. However, it's not a easy as just swapping them out. Apparently the leads that go into the heart to create the artificial beat/rhythm correction heal to the heart muscle, and that removing those leads comes with a lot of risk - more than would be wise for proceeding with such task. But, he told me that there are some people at the university hospital in Portland that have developed a method of shielding the pacemaker and its leads in a way that makes an MRI possible.
My interpretation of this, is that it's one less surgery and the neurosurgery can therefore happen sooner. Which, of course brings up the $64,000 question: What did the neurosurgeon have to say today? That I would get a call tomorrow. When I talked with the medical assistant, I passed on the info about the pacemaker and asked that that info also be passed on to the doc. So, here's to tomorrow. Tomorrow. I love ya, tomorrow....
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.