Just to get you the latest Phil’s brain news (in follow-up to my latest adventure in the world of neuroscience), here’s what’s happening:

– University of Washington Medical Center (which, by the way, is just a top-notch outfit, and has, for the most part, been fantastic to work with) has my case on hand (excepting my image files which were sent by SNAIL MAIL…seriously, who still does that?).  Next step: my head will be discussed at this Wednesday’s Tumor Board Conference.  I should hear some plans by Thursday or so.

*I know, I know, my first thought was of some keynote speaker in a huge auditorium saying, “And now we come to Patient P…check out how screwed up this guy’s brain is!  Our top researchers are poring over his case as we speak, and are discovering new ways to be messed up by the hour!”  The TBC is totally standard procedure for any patient with a malignant tumor growth; teams of specialists from different fields (Neurosurgery, Oncology, and probably others) look over different cases and offer varied opinions on where to go next in that patient’s treatment.  No word on if they get commemorative coffee mugs from the conference, or a company tab on the hotel mini-bar…

– My arch-nemesis Dilantin, the anti-seizure meds I was taking over the past 1.5 yrs, is officially back on the menu now that I’m experiencing seizure-type symptoms again (which, for those of you keeping score, makes two archnemeses:  Dilantin, and the cockroach).  Problem is, the side effects from that one are worse than actually having the seizures themselves.  So pardon me if I need to excuse myself from face-to-face, or phone, chats occasionally; it’s just the Dilantin talking…

More info coming your way as I get it.  Thanks again for all your prayer and encouragement; I’ll try to take it all in the spirit in which it was given, and please know that you are loved and appreciated…