I came home Friday to a voice mail message from my doctor. "Ellen, I wanted to give you the results of your MRI -"
He went on to say that in a side-by-side comparison with the last MRI I had three years ago, I only have one additional lesion. (A brain scab, to the rest of the world.) I don't have any active flare-ups (brain sores), so even though I appear to be a klutz I have no excuse for my current lack of coordination.
I haven't had any documented flare-ups in the last three years. You can have lesions without flare-ups, these are called "silent" lesions. When I first heard the doctor use this term I had to smile, because all I could think of was Elmer Fudd saying, "be vewwy vewwy qwiet."
So did this new lesion come and go without any outward signs? Could be. Or, as I surmised a year ago, it flared-up in September 2005, as you can see here if you make it to the end of the post. The odd foot sensation may have gone, but I was still left with the lingering music fascination. So as I see it, I lost some white matter in my logical left hemisphere, and my creative right hemisphere picked up the slack.
Or, maybe I've just been listening to some really good music:
(I know! Is that the perfect surprise for a beginning guitarist, to watch the fretwork as the two frontmen for her favorite band play in a bathroom? There are more at http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=NettwerkMusic .)