David and I were playing Family Feud on Facebook today and the question was Name a real or fictional band that has a food in their name. We failed to guess all the answers wondering why the heck Cake wasn’t up there but some random band from the 70’s called Bread was! So, I decided, I’ll text my family to see if they know who this Bread is and if my mom (who isn’t the most musical) knows who they are, then they must have been huge. Well, here’s how the conversation went and my inevitable discovery that I unintentionally “know” who Bread is thanks to my favorite high school band…
Today I turn 32. I thought I would start this year of my life off right by doing something a little zany to make myself feel better about my ear pain that can't be explained and the other annoyances I cannot control, so... I died my hair pink! I feel a bit like a My Little Pony and it will fade pretty quickly but I totally love it! In my opinion, it was a good decision on my part.
And I'm spending my birthday like I have spent many others... seeing a Disney movie! Always be young at heart!
Sixteen years ago this month (on the 26th actually), I became what my sister fondly refers to as "Frankenface." This Throwback Third Thursday (#tbtt) I am looking back to when I got jaw surgery because when I went to the dentist this morning they showed me this and I thought it was kind of awesome.
No... weird ailments and bazzarities are not a recent thing for me. This has been a lifelong endeavor.
Note how I have a "screw loose" (as Jordan put it). Not sure if it's always been like that or if it's gone rouge. I might need to scrounge up an x-ray or two from my old dentist in California to find out!
The Good News:
While I have a 1 cm cyst on my thyroid, my blood work is normal. The ENT wants me to get it checked in 6 month just to keep an eye on it, but he says it's nothing to be concerned about.
Not much changed from my MRI in October 2015 to my MRI in May 2016. While I have some shotty lymph nodes and degenerated discs, "no significant cervical pathology" was identified.
The Frustrating News:
Not much changed from my MRI in October 2015 to my MRI in May 2016 so we still can't pinpoint what is causing my ear and head pain, which, yes, has gotten worse in the past month.
But, although the radiologist didn't deem it as "significant", he did find levoscoliosis of the thoracic spine and an area of different bone density which "could be" a benign bone tumor of some sort (which apparently were both present on my last MRI but weren't noted). I am currently tracking down all the images (MRIs, CTs, X-rays...) I have gotten of my spine in the past 6 years (which is surprisingly a lot) to determine when this bone density change occurred, if it's what's causing the scoliosis or if I've always had scoliosis but no one told me, and try to determine if its what's causing my problems. Without seeing the other images yet my primary doc says no, the chiro and ENT say maybe, and I still need to talk to the neurologist.
Basically, I'm frustrated and my head hurts every day. It's not pleasant. I can't wait for my vacation in July...
My dissertation project has gotten some great news this week. Today we received 30 lion specimens from the Field Museum of Natural History!