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Remember that time I did somersaults in the pool and broke my brain?
I tell people my brain is leaking, but what I really should be saying is the tear in my dura has not healed so I have been leaking spinal fluid for three hundred and sixty-four days.
But saying “My brain is leaking” is more fun to say.
Not any more fun to live, but I take what I can get.
What I do have, in addition to a migraine, an aversion to bright lights, a very faulty memory, and random bouts of slurred speech and minor bouts of manic like behavior, is a collection of class four drugs, and an impressive fedora collection.
Because fedoras are this light adverse gal’s best friends.
I’m kangaroo virus free (hurrah!). I still have the migraine (boo!) which is apparently caused by leaking spinal fluid (what word is more negative than “boo”?).
So, technically, my brain isn’t leaking. Just the stuff holding my brain in position is leaking. Which leads to ouch.
I’ve been told it won’t last longer than six months (As long as six months? Once again, word more negative than “boo”? Aside from breaking down into hysterical tears…) And it is getting better… just slowly. Crazy slow. (As in, it is making me crazy…)
To keep this from just being a brief whine, I’m including a vocabulary word: Dura.
Dura is a thin membrane that surround the brain and spinal cord. It is responsible for keeping the cerebrospinal fluid in place. (It apparently looks like, and heals about as quickly as Saran Wrap)
(Why, yes, I do have a small hole in my dura… how clever of you to figure that out…)
So I’m on week six of a migraine. Which is less fun than it sounds. Various doctors ask me what has helped in the past, and I say “I’ve never had a migraine before.” Because I haven’t
Today I saw a new doctor, who I liked very much. MRI(s) ordered, blood drawn.
And, yes, officially one of the things I’m being tested for is the Q virus, which is in fact carried by kangaroos. Also by cattle, goats, dogs and cat. Though mostly in New Zealand. Which is not where I am. So the odds are low.
But still – officially being tested for a kangaroo virus. So that’s sort of cool…