Thursday, 6 February 2014

A Little Update

This is a digital card I made a while back. I took the photo and fiddled with it in Photoshop then added the wording. Printed out as a Photo then attached to a card. Quite pleased with this.

I have been absent from blogging for a while due to some health problems. This looks to be an ongoing thing. I went for an MRI scan last year as I was having some memory issue that worried me. I got a call from the Dr saying brain OK but you have some polyps in your sinus. Off I go to the Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) Dr at the hospital in Colchester.

He does an endoscopy (sticks a camera up my nose) uncomfy but bearable. He was not sure what was going on as the MRI scan had not arrived. So could only diagnose some Atypical Cystic Lesions on the bone at the back of my nose.

Two days later I got a call from him saying there was a growth of some sort in my right sinus. He had called for an urgent CT scan. So off I went to have that. Not as bad as the MRI but I had a dye injected and that made me very hot.

After another two days another call from the Consultant, CT scan did not clarify things. He was referring the scans back to senior radiologist.

I have now heard back from him and it appears that I have a tumor on my Pituitary Gland. This has migrated into my sinus and the nose bone. I now have to have another more detailed MRI scan. This will allow the DRs to see exactly what is happening and decide on operation procedures. I don't know if this is benign or malignant yet.

On the positive side these tumors tend to be benign and the clear up rate is good. I don't feel ill, just a dull headache, the sort you get when you have been stuck at the PC too long. I am a bit tired too.

I am praying that you will not be sending me With Sympathy cards anytime soon.

This has knocked me of my perch and I am taking some time to come to terms with the fact that I have what is classed as a brain tumour. So just taking Molly for her walks and catching up with friends and family. Oh and I am tackling the yarn stash and making some chunky Granny square afghans.

My next project is catching the pesky mouse that has taken up residence in my kitchen. Molly has been totally useless in catching it. She just ignores it. So I'm off to my friend Gilli's to borrow the mouse traps.

I will keep you all updated on progress.



  1. Crossing my fingers for good news Joan. Take it easy. x

  2. Thinking of you Joan - will pop by and see you soon with Linda xx

  3. All this ropey weather won't help to cheer you up Joan! Hope that you feel well enough to make some jolly things to make you smile!
    Sending you lots of love xxxx

  4. Oh dear Joan sorry to hear that you are not well. Love to come and see you some time to thank you in person for those lovely socks and hand made card you gave me for Christmas so i hope Cherry will get in touch. Keep your chin up.. See you soon ......xx

  5. I love reading your blog and I am so sorry to read this news Joan, keeping you in my thoughts.

  6. I'm sorry to hear you're having such a difficult time, it must be a real worry... it sounds like you're in great hands though, i'm sure you'll be on the mend in no time. Sending healing vibes over the airwaves xxx

  7. Hope it turns out to be ok and you don't have to wait too long for it to be sorted out. xx

  8. Ooo I had an endoscopy last week, down the throat, as you say it's not nice but luckily it only lasts a few minutes.
    It's a worrying time but it sounds like you're getting the care you need. Hopefully things will quickly improve, making lot's of pretty things is a good idea to keep you focused..... chocolate helps too :) or cream cakes, or ice cream.... whatever takes your fancy does you good (don't over do it though)
    Take care

    Jan x

  9. Huge hugs from me, I hope you find some respite in crochet to take your mind off things.

  10. Joan, so sorry to hear you are poorly. I hope they get it all sorted soon. It must be worrying for you, so the de-stressing walks are probably a great idea. Though the choccy sounded like a good suggestion too ;-P

  11. So sorry to hear you're having a rough time at the moment. Fingers crossed you will turn a corner very soon. Chocolate is a great morale boost so enjoy xxx

  12. I have not been good about visiting my blog list this past year and just happened upon this post. Sending good thoughts your way for a speedy recovery and that you are back on your perch in no time!


Your comments are all read and appreciated. Hope you will forgive me if I miss commenting on your comment, I will be busy doing art :-) x Joan