|Yes, this is my MRI from two months ago and that is my tumor.
We still don’t have a proper name for it.
In just a few hours (at noon) I will be undergoing a special MRI. The doctors are going to be placing small sensors all over my head and doing a scan that will let them see what they are doing during the surgery. If you’ve ever seen Dr. Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy doing a TV version of brain surgery, I imagine it will be a lot like that: without all the distractions, sex and death. This MRI will be loaded into their equipment on Monday morning and they will be able to see what they are doing inside of my head.
What we were not aware of, until Friday, is that these sensors are kind of like green lifesavers. That’s not the good part. Wait for it. They stick them on my head before the MRI at noon on Sunday and I have to keep them on until (and throughout) the surgery. Okay, I know that in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but we planned a big dinner out with some of our family Sunday night. You know, a last nice meal before the surgery. Now it appears I’ll be going to a nice restaurant in Saint Louis looking like some sort of Star Trek alien.
Well, at least I won’t actually see anyone that I know. That’s the upside. Oh- and it’s the Super Bowl, so we’re likely to be alone in the restaurant, so no one may see me anyway!
On a related note I learned something else recently. One of my mother-in-law, June Berry’s, friends had a brain surgery and had a stressful experience as she was coming out of anesthesia. As she woke up she found that she was being put into an MRI. You can imagine that it was all very disorienting for her! It was a very stressful experience and June’s friend wanted me to be warned about it, especially because it was a similar surgery with my same surgeon at the same hospital. I have good news. Well, they do it differently now. This is the cool part: They now have an MRI right in the operating room so when they are finished with the surgery and I’m still on the operating table (and still knocked out) they will do an MRI right there and then to make sure there is no swelling, bleeding, and to make sure that no part of the tumor remains.
Isn’t it remarkable that we live in an age where my surgeon can scan my brain and see what he is doing as he operates? Isn’t it remarkable that we live in a time when we can have MRI’s, which were on their own so rare even just two decades ago, right in the operating room?
Anyway, I just wanted to share a quick update. I hope that this note finds my friends and family doing well and I will be praying for all of you! May God’s blessings be evident o you all on this Sunday morning!
I am especially praying for those of you at First United Methodist Church Pontiac who are working through the Fruitful Congregations material in my absence. I pray for the Holy Spirit to be upon you all in this discernment process, to show you a way forward, and to build up your passion and excitement for ministry in our church, community and the world!!!
Blessings & Peace!