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Thursday, January 27, 2011

A beautiful mind

"Don't expect miracles. It's not magic. Be patient, it is a very slow process. There are no guarantees." -Dr. Geeta Schroff in today's meeting

If, like me, you were intrigued by the SPECT scan results seen in the last post then I would like to share with you the scan of Cash's own brain.

This was taken when we arrived here in December, before any treatments were administered. In cold, clinical terms you are looking at "sever hypoperfusion in bilateral frontal cortices, moderate to severe hypoperfusion in the bilateral temporal and cerebellar regions, mild hypoperfusion in right occipital cortex."

At the human level, it feels like a very personal and private thing to show. Much more so than his naked body- I mean, this is his brain. But it is also beautiful. This is our little boy's mind. While you can certainly see dark areas, much of his brain is illuminated. In the future we can hope to see some significant reduction in these shaded areas.

Cash is tentatively scheduled for another spinal injection in the next few days. This will be my first experience with it and I understand from Stephanie that it is quite tedious. I will let you know when the date is set.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Josh,
    This is fascinating. Will they do the scan again at the end of the treatment?