Michael spent time this morning implementing the scheme he'd dreamed up finally to retrieve and make viewable the brain scan taken six months after surgery. Not ever having seen the scans was continuing to bother me at a low-but-persistent level, so he devoted some time hauling out an old machine, locating the images, translating them and moving them to a place where our current computers could read them. He'd managed to look at them when they were fresher once while I wasn't home, and then the machine he'd done it on had gone berserk (not from my brain images, we hope) and they've been inaccessible to us ever since. He's been noodling (his term) about the problem on and off, and recently came up with a new approach that was successful today. Thank you, Michael! (Again.)
En masse, the images are interesting and raise some questions we plan to pursue. Mostly, though, they're reassuring and illustrate the surgeon's comments about how well my brain was refilling the tumor void. For me, it's nice to see my brain without that mass there... we're not sure what the bright spots mean. Swelling? Scar tissue? Dunno. We're seeing Dr. Thoughtful this week about the ongoing brain chemistry-balancing experiments, and though he's not a neuro guy specifically, we'll see what he has to say about the images.
Meanwhile, somewhat belatedly, here is the most parallel scan to the one posted at right.