My CT scan report came back normal/fine. Dr. Anderson’s nurse said my ventricles are “down” from pre-surgery, so there is no indication of hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain, which I had prior to surgery, hence the shunt implant.)
This is how the Acoustic Neuroma Association, ANA, explains the function of the ventricles. “Functions of the cerebral hemisphere are affected only with large tumors (like Trudy), which may compress the brainstem, (which she did), that the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is obstructed along its normal course from ventricles, through the brainstem, to the surface of the brain. This causes enlargement of the ventricles, or hydrocephalus, which can be life threatening.”
While at Loyola Monday, we requested copies of my imaging tests. They were given to us on a CD, and I am being brave enough to share some rather disturbing images of Trudy pushing on my brainstem as well as my large ventricles. You can also see where she grew out of my internal auditory canal. This explains many of my pre-surgical symptoms, such as dizziness, headaches, and tinnitus, or ringing in my ear. It does not seem real that I lived a normal life with a tumor THAT BIG in my head!!
P.S. If you couldn’t figure it out, Trudy is the big white blob. !$%*#@&^!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW FREAKY IS THAT?