“I don’t like it.”
He says what we’ve been thinking. Of course it can’t be good.
“It’s better than it could have been.”
The Mayo Clinic reports, “The most common cause of aphasia is brain damage resulting from a stroke — the blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Loss of blood to the brain leads to brain cell death or damage in areas that control language.”
He says what we’ve been hoping. It was probably just a lasting effect from surgery.
“You’ve actually made it longer than most.”
According to the American Brain Tumor Association, “About 60% of brain tumor patients will experience seizure at least once during their illness.”
He says what we’ve known all along. Our story is not like anyone else’s.
“You’ll just be on the meds for the rest of your life.”
The meds are Keppra, and The European Medicines Agency states, “The exact way in which levetiracetam works is still unclear but it seems to interfere with a protein… which is found in the spaces between nerves and is involved in the release of chemical messengers from nerve cells. This helps Keppra to stabilise electrical activity in the brain and prevent seizures.”
He confirms what you were avoiding all week. Isn’t there some way to go in there and fix it?
“You’d rather have brain surgery than take a pill twice a day?”
He explains it in a way that makes more sense than most of this. I guess he’s right.
“You’ll come back in three months and we’ll make sure this isn’t a sign of something worse.”
And there – he’s said it. What we feared might be true. Could be true, and isn’t.
A follow-up to Wednesday night’s medical drama, “If this isn’t,” (and it wasn’t) comes tonight’s installment with a few more answers. All the quotes and links above serve to catalog the tabs that were open in my browser. Catalog them so that I could close them. Close them. Close the lid. Go get close. Hold them close. Keep them close.
I am participating in the 11th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (#SOLSC18) hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write each day (except–for me–for yesterday) in March as part of an international writing community. I appreciate any comments, especially those that
- reinforce writing decisions that work and
- coach into those that don’t.
Think of each comment you leave as a little writing conference we are having together. Come on, make me a better writer today! Thank you!