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The Collosseum in Rome, Italy.

Traveling with brain cancer and epilepsy

I just returned from a trip to Rome! (Hence the lack of posts.) Yay! It was my first time out of the country, except for a day trip I took to Tijuana when I was seven. But that doesn’t count. And [...]

October 4, 2011 Surviving
Oops

Oops

I short-changed my Keppra dosing this week by mistake. I’m supposed to have 1,500mg in the morning and 2,000mg in the evening, but I must have filled up my Old Man Pill Case wrong. All this week I’ve been taking [...]

February 26, 2011 In Treatment
Five-dollar word: electroencephalography

Five-dollar word: electroencephalography

In an earlier post I mentioned my neurologist was thinking about having me hooked up to an EEG thing-y. According to Wikipedia, “Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity along the scalp produced by the firing of neurons within [...]

January 29, 2011 In Treatment
A recent interaction between the neurologist and me

A recent interaction between the neurologist and me

Dr. G.P., Twice this week I experienced an odd sensation. I don’t think I was having a seizure because I didn’t have an aura and I didn’t have any Jacksonian-march sensations characteristic of all other seizures I’ve had. What happens [...]

January 27, 2011 In Treatment
Laughing in the face of the “worst-case scenario”

Laughing in the face of the “worst-case scenario”

Hey, everyone. I have a new $5 word for you: nystagmus. Now, before you run off to look it up on Wikipedia, give me a chance to tell my story. Over the past six weeks I have been experiencing a [...]

December 28, 2010 In Treatment
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Mystery solved

Well, well, well. It turns out that the shaking/tremor sensation I was experiencing was neither tumor or seizure-related. My neurologist and Super Awesome Nurse were able to deduce this because the tremors were in both hands, as opposed to materializing in [...]

July 26, 2010 In Treatment
Sacks is the man

Sacks is the man

I just started reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by world-renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. If you have a brain-related malady or are just fascinated with the mind, Sacks’ books are intriguing, educational, and easy [...]

June 12, 2010 In Treatment
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This is the first doctor who knew I had a brain tumor

Here he is. The head of Kaiser neurology in Roseville, California… the doctor who told me I was going to have a brain surgery… the man who prescribed me the medical mantra: First save your life. Then worry about everything [...]

April 17, 2010 In Treatment
Partial seizure? I can deal

Partial seizure? I can deal

I forgot to mention that I had a simple partial seizure on Dec. 9. I was on the computer (probably using Facebook or something equally time-wasting) when suddenly my right hand felt like it didn’t belong to me. I’ve had [...]

December 29, 2009 In Treatment
Not so bad

Not so bad

Dr. P says, Thanks for the update Liz. I don’t recommend any change in regimen at this time. These events will happen from time to time. Whew. [...]

June 8, 2009 In Treatment
Putting the "point" in appointment

Putting the "point" in appointment

From me to my neurologist: Dr. Palma, Thanks for seeing me today. I left the office without asking you an important question: will you allow me to drive a car?! It has been 9 months since I last lost consciousness [...]

May 18, 2009 In Treatment
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This is your skin on drugs

I’ve had an interesting past 10 days or so. I finished taking Dilantin on April 6, an anti-epileptic drug that does not work for me and decreases the effectiveness of a drug that does work well for me–Lamictal. Exactly one [...]

April 22, 2009 In Treatment