I apologize to my friends for taking so long to tell you about my brain scan at the Amen Clinic. I realized that most people have had no idea that I've been living with the aftereffects of a brain injury for the past 5+ years since my car accident in June of 2010. So I ended up starting a long piece about how it all happened and some of the events that finally led me to getting a brain scan. But it's been taking a while to get that down to a readable form so this morning, I decided to post a shorter piece first just to show my brain scans along with the analysis that Dr. Chapek did after reviewing the scans and my history.
I have to tell you that as quickly as they got me scheduled to go in this Wednesday, I was both excited and apprehensive at the same time. I knew this was something I had to have done for myself because I believe I've done everything I could on my own to research and learn about concussions and brain injuries. I was also anxious because I didn't know what else they might find. But after years of working with the retired football players and blogging their stories, as well as having the privilege of meeting experts like Dr. Amen and Dr. Sears and so many others in the field, I realized that I was now at a point where I truly needed help from others to get to my next stage of healing. So here I am at a new stage of my journey.
On the morning of my scan, I didn't eat or drink anything other than water just as with any medical procedure. I had already filled out most of my Intake forms to provide the clinic with as much detailed information on my history as possible. Mike, the scan technician met with me to ask some questions and help me prepare for my scan. The clinic director, Tzachi Litov, was kind enough to snap some pictures for me to show how simple and painless it was. (I did get a small, painless injection that is used in enhancing the scan imaging a few minutes before the procedure.)
Anyway, I'm attaching pictures and scans from my visit along with a copy of my evaluation that's been uploaded to Scribd for easier reading.
My next post will detail more of how I got here.