Tuesday, 31 January 2012

and then there were two!

Had my annual MRI on Monday afternoon. My follow-up appointment to see my radiologist/oncologist for the results is not until 24th February (wonderful OPD organisation)! So yesterday I emailed to ask if the results might be emailed to me before this date.

I was very pleased to receive the results almost by return and relieved to read that Feckit had not grown any bigger, but was understandably kind of bushwhacked to find mention of TWO meningiomas!

Moderately homogenously enhancing petroclival mass on the left side remains stable in its size (2.1cm (AP) x 1.6 (H) x 1.0 (W)cm) and appearance. Although it is in close proximity to the posterior aspect of the left cavernous sinus, no involvement is seen and the internal carotid artery still has normal flow void signal.
The mass remains indenting the left side of the prepontine cistern, but does not abutt the adjacent pons.

The other meningioma is seen in the midline of the floor of the anterior cranial fossa and is unchanged in size and appearance measuring 9 x 9mm.

The ventricles are normal in size and appearance.
Nonspecific areas of increased T2 signals are again seen in the periventricular white matter.
No other intracranial abnormality is seen, in particular no bleed, lesion and abnormal enhancement.

COMMENTS: Two menigiomata, one in the left petroclival region and the other midline frontal remain stable in the sizes and appearance.  

Meningioma No.2 is the 'round blob' seen here below the two cerebral hemispheres (above 'nose')

Needless to say I hurriedly contacted my consultant again who is at a loss to know why this second tumour has not been mentioned in radiology reports on previous CT (one) and MRI scans (four). (I have copies of all these reports.) Apparently it was only visible on one 'slice' and has not changed in appearance since a first picture in 2009. She wonders if it wasn't mentioned because it was considered 'trivial'.

Not trivial to me!! Although I realise that, at 9mm x 9mm it will be watched and only treated if it should continue growing or start to cause problems, it is isn't very comforting to know that Feckit has a companion.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

New Year reflections

Can hardly believe that January is almost over already!! Since Christmas the time has simply flown by and we seem to have been in a whirlwind of activity! Not least a hastily arranged week's trip to Melbourne, Australia to meet up with our son while he was visiting there from the UK. It was really lovely to catch up!

Melbourne was quite something to get used to .............,and after 12 years of peaceful existence in New Zealand, we found ourselves to be true "country mice" - the population of Melbourne being about equal to the whole population of NZ!!!! But we had a good time walking the streets and riding the trams to explore the city.

While we were there we managed to meet up with two long lost distant cousins, Valerie and Anne, both born in Melbourne ............ we are all descended from British g-g-g-grandparents Richard SPARKS (1794-1876 Great Marlow) and Sarah STEVENS (b.1799 Windsor). Anne and her husband Michel very kindly picked us up from our hotel and drove us out to Vals house in Mornington (about 50kms). We had a lovely (and lively) lunch together and it is a great treat to find new relations!  

I have been on Prozac for over a month now and have also had my first counselling session, both of which seem to be helping. I have been sleeping better and this week the headaches and nausea seem to be diminishing. Tomorrow I am having my annual MRI. Fingers crossed that this time there will be signs that the tumour is shrinking  ......