April 17th started seemingly normal enough, until I started having a few sort of attacks of sensation on my right nostril, best described as huffing some of that lighter fluid they use on coal BBQs.
So I see my family doctor, but nothing really comes of it, maybe sinusitis or similar but basically if it persists or gets worse come back.
Then it got more frequent, and much much worse. From a once or twice a day on Sunday to every few hours on Wednesday. Then the seizures started following the nose attack, I could still see and speak and was fully conscious but my body would sort of violently shiver/shake. So it was off to the E.R. and the triage witnessed an episode which I presume launched me up the tables.
Before long I had had two CT scans and was handed over to a neurosurgeon who had an MRI done to confirm precisely what was going on.
Turns out I had a tumor the size of a small orange in my right temporal lobe. It may have been growing for months or even years before it finally presented it any obvious way. The options presented are surgery with about a 5% chance of going blind/half paralyzed/stroke/hemorage/etc or.. basically certain death. So I chose the surgery.
I had it April 25th/. The doctor got as much as he could, the follow up MRI suggests that was pretty much all of it (but it's hard to be 100% sure). He suspects it's a low grade tumor but we're waiting on pathology to get back to me probably next Tuesday to decide how to follow things up (possibilities include more surgery, chemo, radiation, or just serial MRIs to make sure it hasn't come back).
So... uhm wow.
Major surgery was a hell of an experience but I'm back home now. I'm hopeful all will sort of work out well and I won't have to do this again but at least now we'll be checking for it.
Amazing that something can be so wrong with your body for so long without any real
Also I _LOVE_ being Canadian. I have no doubt that even with insurance in other countries a week in the hospital, countless drugs, imaging, surgery, etc would have bankrupted my Family.
I'm sure I'll have more to say about all of this as my head is able to focus more and I get more information on what exactly we're doing as we move forward. At very least though I think it's safe I've kicked http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/107618 in the ass now