How interesting: on the very day I bring home a CD of my head scans, the lovely Kate Davies gives me a shout out on her blog, which leads to hundreds of page views.
I feel very honoured that Kate feels a sense of kinship with me. Our strokes were about a week apart, and although she suffered a clot and mine was a bleed, which have different consequences, we both suffer from the long-lasting effects on our energy levels and general wellbeing which are very difficult to come to terms with.
As for the CD, well my sister told me yesterday her doctor had asked if I could pass on any medical information on my psoriatic arthritis, to help with her own diagnosis. In requesting my medical notes, I spoke to the radiology department and as I've always wondered what my head scans look like, I asked for them too. They really are fascinating. I still don't know exactly what I'm looking at, but on the second one (done a month after the SAH) you can clearly see the titanium clip that was inserted across the neck of the aneurysm. It's right in the centre of my head and shows up as a white line. You can also see where I had a "hygroma" after my operation, which shows up as a bulge on the side of my head. This collection of fluid was both outside and inside my skull and led to a nearly 3mm deviation of the midline of the brain - luckily for me, with no apparent side-effects. The more I look back at what happened 3 years ago, the more amazed I am to be here, pretty much 100% recovered. I feel very humbled.
So, if you're visiting because of Kate, thank you indeed for coming to say hi.