My Thanks To So Many

I’ve have heard from so many of you since I talked about my health issue. Some seemed to think this problem was caused by the concussion from my auto accident.

 

This is from the Mayo Clinic

 

 – Brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation) – Mayo Clinic

A brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.

The arteries are responsible for taking oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain. Veins carry the oxygen-depleted blood back to the lungs and heart. A brain AVM disrupts this vital process.

An arteriovenous malformation can develop anywhere in your body but occurs most often in the brain or spine. Even so, brain AVMs are rare and affect less than 1 percent of the population.

The cause of AVMs is not clear. Most people are born with them, but they can occasionally form later in life. They are rarely passed down among families genetically.

Some people with brain AVMs experience signs and symptoms, such as headache or seizures. AVMs are commonly found after a brain scan for another health issue or after the blood vessels rupture and cause bleeding in the brain (hemorrhage).

Once diagnosed, a brain AVM can often be treated successfully to prevent complications, such as brain damage or stroke.

 

Hey, lucky me I’m in that rare 1%.

 

I only brought this up in the event that i needed to take a break from PB. That being said, I intend not to do so. At least I know why my right hand is so numb and shakes.  Treatment is or isn’t possible..depending on grading. ( I hope I don’t fail)

 

 

Honest to God, my wife saw this first.  After my car accident I was sent for an MRI. I’ve had a lot of concussions in my time. Falls from cliffs, sports, and a fall off my roof. How fucking stupid was that. While sliding towards the end of my roof at high speed i said to myself, ” I’ve fallen of the sides of mountains by I’ll probably die this way”.  I didn’t but was knocked goofy and broke my hip.

 

 

Back to the story, so I had an MRI and was given the CD to take back to the neurologist. As a lark, I thought it would be fun to look at my brain layer by layer. I saw something asymmetrical . I called my wife in and didn’t say anything to her. She looked at it, then different views and said I think you have an AVM. I took it back to the doctors where the CD sat for two weeks.

 

So with the diagnosis offical I’ve contacted a neurosurgeon for a consultation.  I figured my wife would be extra nice to me considering this. Last night we were at Pag Wine Bar in Doylestown.  I was drinking Pinot Noir and Michelle was enjoying a glass of some dark Italian Liquor. I had two glasses ( my usual limit) and thought I’d order a third, you know WTF right.

Michelle  said, ” You had enough”, and that was that.

 

 

 

To be serious for just a moment let me say that I will do PB until I can’t do it anymore. If I’m laid up ( or worse) PB will go on.  If anything were to happen to me, I’ve had such a great life. I’ve seen things that few others have and I survived things that I had no business doing.

 

PB has always been amazing. A project started with my brother Rick, Pixie and myself.  I love this thing. I have met so many extraordinary people.  The brats I’ve known have all been brilliant and talented women.

 

That’s all I’m going to say for now. I hope to hear from the neurosurgeon tomorrow.

 

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