I apologise, this is a long one. My story began in late Spring/early Summer in 2013, my wife (Amy) and I were traveling to our local state land to go to our annual camping area. While I was driving I felt a weird sensation overcome my body. I had thought I had just blacked out. Luckily I had realized it and as I had finally blacked out, I had pulled over to the side of the road.
When we had returned from our week in the woods, I had scheduled an appointment with my local VA primary care physician and requested some tests to be done.
The first one was a heart echo and found that I have a slight murmur which wasn't very serious.
The second test I went through was a sleep study and they said I have sleep apnea. I had been prescribed a CPAP machine. This was helping with these "blackouts" and became fewer and fewer, but they still persisted. So, my primary care ordered me a neurological exam.
Basically, they put something that looks somewhat like a hairnet, full of sensors on your head. The test lasted roughly around an hour. The results were a bit out of the ordinary so neurology ordered a CT scan of my head. Though a CT is not as clear or as efficient as an MRI, it still provided a good idea as to what was causing the blackouts. They found a very large mass and was pressing my left frontal lobe and causing minor seizures.
The next step was to get an MRI at the Detroit VA and get confirmation on the grade II tumor, which happens to be a Oligoastrocytoma, a mixed tumor. The Detroit VA then sends me to the Ann Arbor VA/University of Michigan hospital to schedule surgery for removal.
At this moment in time, so far the tumor is stable and I am continuing treatment as suggested.
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