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04/12/14 – What Started This All

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It occurred to me tonight that I haven’t really said what happened to start all this in motion. I have said what is going on and that it was sudden (yeah, that is an understatement).

It started on last Tuesday evening. I was just about finished with work and I reached kind of behind me to grab the phone and realized that as my hand went past my face to the right, my hand disappeared. Ok, that was weird… so I slowed it down, holding my hand to the right of my head and moving it back (your peripheral vision) to see how much was gone. Turned out that even before I got to my face, my hand was missing. Ok, very weird…but I am not a panicky type so what I did was to get online with Group Health (out HMO insurance) and make an appointment with my eye doctor. I was convinced (really!! I’m not making light og it, I really was) that I would go, he would say take these eye drops and I would be home. I did mention the missing hand thing on the online form and they called the next morning to set up the appointment. They seemed much more concerned than I had about this but honestly, I still didn’t think it would be anything bad or that couldn’t be fixed with eye drops. I got an appointment for 4pm and that was it. I worked that day and the missing sight bugged me a little of course but I made some adjustments and that was it. Can I mention that I drove myself to the doctor? Yes…well…ok, this was more challenging. We live in a very small town and we have no 3-4 lane roads, just 2 lane. It wasn’t until I got to Silverdale (WA) where there are double lanes that I realized that this would be a problem with driving and I should have taken Jennifer up on her offer to drive. I had to change lanes to get into the doctors office and had to completely turn way back to make sure that no one was beside me. I did it but you know, that eye doctor would be giving me drops so this will go away so I happily parked and went in.

I have a really good eye doctor and he did lots of tests. I told him it was probably just something for drops and he looked in there, went out of the room, looked in again etc etc. He is very patient. He finally came back and told me that this wasn’t my eyes. Wait…what. Of course it is. Silly doctor. He thought I might be having a little stroke. Wait…what? Silly doctor. nd he said I need to get up to the emergency room and who could take me. Wait…what…I have my car….. OK, I called my sister who doesn’t live far and she came. We went up and they were expecting us. It was at this time that I noticed the concerned faces around me and I got thinking this might be more serious than I thought. I tend to blow things off and roll with the punches. Maybe this was going to be something I couldn’t blow off and that tends to get my attention a little.

By now, the family is beginning to trickle in one by one and they are taking me for a cat scan. I have to say here that while I am seeing concerned faces, I am laughing and joking with the doctors and nurses (who, on hindsight, must think I am either faking or nuts). I don’t get upset by medical stuff having been through a lot in my life. So I am having a cat scan but joking with them about my head being empty….

So the results come back and this I remember pretty clearly. A nice doctor came in and said that they had found a mass on the back of my brain. Wait…….what…wtf….but I talked to him, I asked questions, I laughed and said well that is a bother but I held it together. He told me he had ordered an ambulance and they would be taking me to Virginia Mason Hospital (I could type in wait..what again but you must know that is coming and continues to this day).  I do have to say at this point that I never really get upset about things and I am very cheerful but the second that door shut I threw both hands over my mouth and screamed and started to cry. I do have to say that I did this silently as I could because I didn’t want to disturb both my family or the other patients but it was such a strong feeling to just scream and scream that I had to do something. But my family, who is not used to this kind of behavior out f me must have been shocked. Linda later said I went from a cheerful bird to screaming in a second and I feel bad about that. Honestly, it was never on my radar to ever get such news and I simply broke down. I could not have stopped it and I think it probably helped. But I did it all silently and looking back, it was a weird moment in my life. By the time the doctor came back with the trips plans all nailed down, I’m sure he could tell I had cried but I was back to being a cheerful bird and remain so pretty much through it. Don’t get me wrong, I have cried, sometimes in the middle of sentence (OFTEN when reading the posts on face book). It would be crazy not to cry and I do so.

So that was last Wednesday and here I am on Friday night (well. I guess it is Saturday morning) and I haven’t gone home yet. I never got to make plans. Before I left for Seattle, I got Jen to make a list of what to bring to the hospital, what to feed to what bird and fish, that she will have to find my passwords and pay the bills (do you get the idea that I am fully in charge of everything at home…I am and please don’t you let yourself get to this point  yourself, delegate now and make a list of what each pet eats). I could tell Jennifer was very upset but her thumbs flew over her phone and she took down everything I was spewing forth. Kevin and Mom kept saying it will be ok, just lay back down but I had to get it all out because I am truly the only one who knew and and it was important to me.

So here we are. I was so lucky to get a wonderful doctor assigned as my surgeon and he will be with me a long time. I have to say that Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle is the best. They were and are concerned for my well being but what means the most to me is that they were also concerned about my family and took such good care of them. That means a lot to a control freak who suddenly has to maybe pay attention to her health a little….whatever…

Thanks again for listening. I tend to get long and rambley with my writing but it is me. I will keep up the updates. for those brave souls who wish to follow along. The future of treatment still holds a bit of the unknown and in the middle of the night gets scary. On the upside, I have more than a little weight to loose and expect it will be coming off…along with my precious long hair but that is for another blog post…hehehe. Something for you all to look forward too

 

Dana

 

King Tut Exhibit

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We went to see the King Tut Exhibit now showing now in Seattle at the Pacific Science Center. The exhibit has been here since May 24, 2012 and the last day will be January 6, 2013. If you are in the Seattle ares, I highly recommend a trip to see this. We all really enjoyed it and may go back to see it again before it leaves.

 There is a lot of information on the Pacific Science Center’s website here: http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/King-Tut/king-tut-the-exhibition

 From their website:

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
At Pacific Science Center

May 24, 2012-January 6, 2013

Sun-Thurs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closes 7:30 p.m.
Fridays – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Closes 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays – 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Closes 8:30 p.m.

On display for the last time in North America!

Step into one of history’s most treasured stories in Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, now open at Pacific Science Center. The exhibition features more than 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb and ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. With more than twice the number of artifacts than the original Tut exhibit that toured in the 1970s, many of these objects have never toured in the United States before this exhibit. Come face-to-face with the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed – a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the remains of the funerary temple of two of his high officials. See authentic objects from King Tut’s tomb including jewelry, furniture and ceremonial items, as well as the boy king’s golden sandals – created specifically for the afterlife and covering his feet when his mummified remains were discovered in 1922 by British explorer Howard Carter.

In addition to the spectacular canopic coffinette (that once contained the boy king’s mummified stomach) featured prominently in the exhibition’s advertising, learn about the other magnificent treasures here. 

Please note, no photography or video is allowed inside the exhibit. Thank you. Learn More

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is organized by National Geographic and Arts & Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is a proud cultural partner. American Airlines is the official airline of the exhibition. Seattle’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is the Seattle exhibition sponsor. Fred Meyer is the Seattle exhibition education partner.

Individual Ticket Prices For The General Public

  Mon-Thurs Fri-Sun & Holidays
Adults (16-64)   $27.50  $32.50
Seniors (65+)  $24.50  $29.50
Youth (6-15)   $16.50  $21.50
Child (3-5)   $15.50  $20.50
Student (with ID)  $24.50  $29.50
Add the IMAX movies Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs or Mysteries of Egypt for $4.00.
Add the Audio Guide narrated by Harrison Ford for $6.00.

Members

Adults (16+) $20.00
Juniors (3-15) $10.00

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We have a membership for the science center but I don’t think the prices without are too bad. Of course if you live near, having the membership will get you in free and you can see the IMAX movies either free or at a discount.

 There are two IMAX movies being shown ( Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs and Mysteries of Egypt) that can be added for $4.00 each. Another add-on which we were all glad we got was the audio guide. Because the rooms are small and the crowd large, it was often hard to read the signs on each item. They did have them both below the case and on top so you could stand away from each one and still see the signs. I found them a little hard to read but that could just be my eyes. The audio guide had a lot more information not included on the signs which was really great. For $6.00, I was surprised more people didn’t have the audio guide. Also, when we got to the gift shop, we found this wonderful book called “Tutankhamun – The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” which included a cd with the entire audio guide. This is a huge coffee table type book and very well done and was on sale for only $20.00. Easily worth twice that!

 You need to get reservations for this show. They were not hard to get but they do sell out so get them as soon as you can. They let groups in every 15 minutes so the crowd is a little better. We went in at 12:15 and finished about 3:00. That doesn’t seem like a long time but we didn’t feel rushed at all and really looked over each piece. It was so amazing to be so close to objects that are so old. I kept thinking about the people who had made them and how many people have touched them over the years. Since I make jewelery, I loved the pieces they had, most of them were in remarkably good shape.

 The exhibit started with the history of the some of the more important Pharaohs and the area in Egypt where the tombs are located. They covered about 2,000 years of history so obviously they couldn’t show it all but I think they did a good job of laying out the history not only of the Pharaohs but how they related (or were related) to King Tut and at the end, focusing on King Tut. I especially like the treasures from his tomb. They were such personal items that he had used everyday and again, to stand so close to something that he had used and loved was incredible.

 I hope this will encourage you to go see this! This is the last stop before this treasures will be going back to Egypt and January 6th will be the last day.

 

Dana