PREVIOUS POST: Return To Kowloon, Part 1: Guess What I Just Did?
I am no longer in Hong Kong, or in Kowloon. Because I am home.
I flew to Hong Kong… and back! And I didn’t even get a lousy brain tumor.
And for the next few posts, I’d like to share some excerpts from my journal, things that I wrote while on my trip these last few days, and the photos I took while I was writing them. A real-time travelogue kind of thing, if “real-time” means “a few days ago.” Let’s just pretend it’s happening right now as you’re reading it. Hong Kong’s in the future anyway, right?
But before I begin, I’d like to first repeat my humble and deeply felt thanks to the generous and loving friends who helped me get back to Hong Kong. I couldn’t have done it without you. And now that I know how important this trip was for me, I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. And I can’t thank you enough for getting me there. So thank you again, friends. I made it.
SHIT. Just as I was typing the last few sentences, I suddenly felt a smoothie (seizure aura) coming on. (More on smoothies here and here). I’d rather finish writing this post than have a seizure right now, so just to be safe, I swallow a few Ativan (anti-seizure drugs), alert a friend or two to check on me, then I sit myself safely down on the couch and try to keep typing while ignoring the weird hallucinatory swirling soundsin my ears. But the Ativan should kick in soon…
1o MINUTES LATER:
…and it does.
Whew. Feeling far less smoothy, and far more groovy now. No seizure coming. I’ll be fine.
And if you’re reading this post, that means I managed to stay awake and unseized long enough to keep writing this post, and to post it.
To be clear: I am including this whole smoothie episode as it plays out in real time –really in real time this time– not to gin-up suspense for my Return to Kowloon (it’s coming, I promise), but rather just to share the experience of someone living with brain cancer. This happens sometimes. It’s one of the things you have to get used to.
But I’m happy to report–and this is an important point– that the smoothies popping up for me every once in awhile are now far more likely related to having had 2 brain surgeries, as opposed to having a new brain tumor. In other words, these potential seizures are probably not “new cancer” related. While they are still really worrying (and really inconvenient at times) my last few scans seem to show that the cancer isn’t having anything to do with them.
So here we go: on to the next post… Return To Kowloon, Part 3: Return to Hong Kong