I got a new pair of glasses not long ago, which involved my sitting in an exam chair, looking into a machine, and answering the optometrist's repeated questions at to which line I saw in the thing was higher than the other, which was fuzzier, etc., as he accordingly made adjustments in what I was seeing, thanks to my verbal input, all to the goal of determining the best prescript
ion for new glasses for me.
So I already have a pretty good idea of what it would be like to participate, in a similar kind of way, verbally back and forth, with a surgeon operating on my brain.
Like heck I do.
Of all the medical marvels of our age, I have often considered this one to be the most amazing of all, that one can actually become involved in one's own surgical brain repair in this extraordinary, cooperative, way. Remarkable!
So while you might understandably be approaching this experience with some trepidation (that word again), consider that it may also be offering you the extraordinary opportunity to get a glimpse and better understanding, firsthand, of just what it is that makes us conscious beings, and to be aware of our surroundings in a way that the rest of us will never experience.
And if you would like to come back later and tell us all about
it, what it's like to experience one's world in this unique way, I'm sure you would have in us here a captive audience indeed.
Oh, and since we seem to be offering up well-intended videos of encouragement, consider and possibly learn from Mr. Spock's plight. (But at least you won't be having your entire brain removed!)/www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWNP93ZqCoQ
In any case, absolutely the best of luck to you, and our every best wish will be with you for success!
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower