So many of you have written and expressed concern over my health that I wanted to give you a quick update for now.
After 14 hours spent in the ER this past weekend during which time I explained that the noise in my head was unbearable and vibrating, the resident ruled out several possibilities and then on a whim, decided to do a CT scan to rule out anything vascular setting off the noise.
In “ruling out” they “found.” They didn’t see it at first, but upon closer look, my Dr. House found it.
Possibly a result from my car accident back in November, there is a tear in the artery in my neck which has clotted and blocked that artery 65%.
I’m a medical mystery on several fronts. The surgeon is baffled that the resident even thought to check a healthy, young-ish person with no symptoms and no medical history for a vascular issue. Why is the artery causing the noise? They don’t know. But thank God it did, because with me showing no other symptoms other than that noise, it is the roaring and the bubbling and the jet engine and the motorcycle and the helicopter in my brain that allowed them to find the blockage before it became too late and I had a stroke.
I am currently under treatment with medicine to hopefully clear the clot and allow the tear in the artery to heal. In six weeks, I will undergo a new CT scan to see if the blockage has improved. If it has not or gotten worse, surgery might be necessary to repair the tear.
For now, I have to take it easy. Take care of myself. Get better.
Hopefully, each day the noise will become a bit less intrusive and I’ll get my whole quality of life back to where it was. For now, I’ll remain on medical hiatus, but I’ll be around via my magazine blog and column, Facebook, and Twitter.
I truly appreciate the kind thoughts and all the prayers. I feel them every day.