Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Jackson's brain

I had my MRI scan earlier today and this is my artists impression of what the vets saw, revealing my innermost thoughts:

As you can imagine they were very impressed!

Now here's the science bit..

The good news is that the MRI of my brain was normal. This means that it's unlikely that I have a brain tumour, which is what was suspected. They also had another look at the degenerated discs in my neck and said they haven't got any worse. Hurrah! They took a sample of my spinal fluid for testing and we should get the results back in a day or two.

As you can imagine it's very frustrating to keep having all these tests and not knowing exactly what's wrong with me. That's why I was so delighted to see both the Astas and novice nurse Lacie this evening on my return from hospital. I've certainly been keeping them on their toes with my requests for them to wait on me hand and paw and spoonfeed me nokedli. They might be staying for quite some time...


Asta said...


You have the biggest bestest bwain I've evew seen!
I'm so glad thewe awe no suffs in thewe that don't belong!
And youw discus didn't get wows eithe!yeahhhh!!!
I just hope they figuwe evewything out to make you bettew, we will stay as long as you need us ! happily waiting on you paw and foot!
smoochie kisses

Ferndoggle said...

No wonder you're such a smart boy! Look at the size of that brain! I'm glad to hear that there is no tumor in their...quite frankly, I don't know where it could fit.

Paws crossed for more good test results!


Mojo said...

That is good news, Jackson. Even though it is still no news about what is the root of the problem, it's great that there's no tumour.

Impressive brain, though! Shoulda known it really.

Keep getting spoiled by those lovely nurses too!


COL. Sam ASTA-fari Joe H. Pinkerton Peabody, Esq said...

Hi pal. Your brain is gigantiuan. We're glad that your brain is A-OK. You should continue to "feel poorly," so your beautiful nurses will stay to wait on you hand and foot!

Jake of Florida said...

My, Jackson, what a big brain you have!!!

We're so glad it's normal -- although we think "normal" is a relative thing when it comes to wirey behaviour.

Jake and Just Harry

Maggie & Mitch said...

Wow! That's one big brain, Jackson and we can see that you're thinging good thoughts!
We bet the girls won't mind hanging out with you until you're 100%!

Love ya lots,
Maggie & Mitch

Agatha and Archie said...

Grrr we are having trouble posting a comment!! We wanted to say that your brain is HUGE(almost as big as Einsteins) and that we are pleased your MRI was noraml but miffed they can't figure it out. We are pleased you have the A-team there. Agatha would have come but she is working on her crystals and being a witch(DID I SAY THAT OUTLOUD???) Sending hugs and smoochies Archie and Agatha( oh man arch you are in a heap of trouble)

Harry said...

Milk that 24 nurse care I say! So glad your brain scan was positive news.

Toodle pip,
Harry x

William Tell said...

Glad that MRI turned out well, and revealed what a true genius you really are!

William Tell

FleasGang said...

Jax-son, it sounds like you're still in good spirits even through all of your "tests". We never really did well on tests. But you seem to be passing each and every one of them! Hang in there buddy :-)

The FleasGang

Joe Stains said...

I am super impressed with your brain, I think we must be related! I am frustrated with you that the docs just don't know. I guess if you have to be tested over and over having the best nurses ever helps ease the pain.

Stanley said...


Love your brain pics. At first I thought you were sporting a funky afro. Glad to know there is no tumor!!!

I have no doubt that you're in good paws with your amazing nursing team! Go easy on Lacie ~ she SOO wants to do a good job for you!

Goober love & smooches,

Gus said...

Well..if I were you pal, I would continue to indicate that I felt just a bit off so the girls would hang around. But then, muzzer says I am quite the maniupulator. And here I thought he was the Governator of California.

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Jackson,
That's great news!!! We always knew that you were a normal fox terrier anyways, hehehehehe. Good to hear your arthritis is not any worse. We bet your seizure was just a one time thing. Our vet explained to Mama that dogs can get 1 in their life & never have another, or they can get 1 per year, or 1 per month, and it's no big deal. So we hope you never have anymore seizures. We're sure the girls will have you whipped back into shape in no time. (be sure to get a little sympathy from them though, tee hee!)
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Momo :) said...

Jackson!! Big brain=smart boy! :)

I am very happy to hear that you have no brain tomour. That's really great. I'll keep praying for you!! Please be strong!! I am sure these cute nurses keep eye on your health.

Momo xoxo

Kirby said...

Hi Jackson,

What a huge brain!! I think mine must be quite similar, cuz those things are all I think about.
Glad that the tests are coming back good so far. Just wish they could pinpoint exactly what's going on. At least you have the very lovely Astas and Lacie there to nurture you. Enjoy their care!!

Your pal,

Balboa & Mommy said...

You are in our thoughts Jackson, I knew you were one smart dude, now that big brain proves it.

I hope you feel better soon

Balboa and mommy

Scruffy & Lacie said...

Oh Jackson, I am blushing at the compliment of my nursing skills...but Asta and Asta are weally the ones doing all the hard work. It's amazing how they can get Dunstan and the other wheeled doggies to fetch supplies for us and run errands for special broths and such. Asta taught me how to make here special chicken should be ready soon for me to feed it to you.

None of us were surprised at the size of you brain. You are such a smart dear foxy dog, Jackson, that you had to have an outstanding cranuim. Pawsonally, I wonder if Scruffy has a brain at all? I mean, what if they scanned him and there was NOTHING between his ears as I strongly suspect?

We will stay as long as you need us's been wonderful playing with my sweet Dunstan too...

Healing barks, Lacie

Lorenza said...

Hi, Jackson
Sure I am happy to know that you don't have a brain tumor! Looking at your picture I can see it is full of good things!
Let us know about the last result, ok?
Be nice with your lovely nurses!
Have a good night

Wiry Axel said...

Oh Jackson, we are doing a jig in your honor - so happy to learn no tumor in your big brain! What good news! And no deterioration in your discs - also good news. Hurrah. Continued prayers - milk those nursies for all they're worth. Enjoy brudder.

Gardener~reverie said...

You have a giant brain. You must be extraordinary and smart. Remind you to keep low profile, or doctors may catch for scientific investigation. Glad to hear your result OK.


Blue said...

Glad to find you back home once more with a bevy of nurses too!
With an intellect yours, you'd need a HUGE healthy brain!

Pats & pets

Simba said...

Your brain seems to be in fine working order. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Simba xx

Ruby Bleu said...

Hey Jax...
Whatever it takes to keep you let all the gals move in permanently if that does it!!!

Thinking good thoughts for you!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Sophie Brador said...

Jackson, I love your brain! If I ever get an MRI, I can only hope that the vets see such brilliance in my brain.


Lenny said...

That sounds like pretty good news, Jackson! Your brain scan is very impressive.

Your friend, Lenny

Molly and Taffy said...

Jackson, we are pleased your mri scan came back all clear and showing you have an amazing brain.

Take care, make the most of having a pawsone nursing team and hope you feel loads better soon.

Molly and Taffy

Lacy said...

woofies Jackson!!! me sooo happyies dat scan saided no jus wishes dey could find outs watt it iz..lookies likes ur brain has all da right stuffs in shure u getting a lots of help from ur private nursies...take care, sweet jackson!!!

b safe,

Anonymous said...

We just stopped by to check out your blog and were reading about all your problems. We feel so badly for you and hope you're not in pain, poor fellow. We hope everything works out for you.
Abby and Rosie

Loui (and his mum!) said...

Phew! What a great early Christmas present for you and the family that the scan is clear!

Loui xx

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

oooooh Jackson, I cannot leave the blogs long and you do all this to make me worried on my return!

Now you get better quick as quick, I am sure those nursey dogs you have with you will help you.

I loved the picture of your brain, I am sure mine looks like that too! What a coincidence!

Stay well, and I am sorry to hear about all your darn tests, get wellest soonest, I am thinking good thoughts for you.

Your friend, Marvin xxxxxx

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

Oh, I see a very sick Jax for a very long time with a very fine contingent of nursies! Too bad u r fixed....

Bussie Kissies

Randi said...

Hi Jackson!

I'm so glad you don't have a brain tumor..or as the governator of my state of CA, Mr. A-nald Swartenagr-(whatever) would say,"TOOO-MAR...."

Great news...but hurry & get well so you can show your little nurses around England..its a fine country...

All my get-well licks to you!

Love & Licks,

The Brat Pack said...

Just stopping by to see how you're doing and check out your giant brain!

Hang in there Pal!

Maggie said...

i think in my brain is only toys and toys and toys..:)

Snowball said...

I am glad that you get good results for your MRI scan. I think your other test will come out fine too. Please rest well and relax as much as you can.


Noah the Airedale said...

First of all we're so glad your MRI showed you are fine. Phew, we are so releaved as you must be.

Second, wow what a brain. You must be soooo smart.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah, Willow, Tess & Lucy

4xBs said...

Hi Jackson, that's a great picture of your brain. we've never seen a brain before and it's pawsome. we're glad all of your tests are coming out okay, but we understand your frustration at not knowing what's wrong. we need to get you all healthy and strong again, buddy.

Mango & Party said...

Dear Jackson,

We are so happy to hear the awesome goody news! Now is the time for all the good stuff; especially the treats... walks!!

Mango & Party

Patience-please said...

Hi Jackson-
We hope you are feeling so very mcuh better with your big giant brain all tumor free. That is such a relief to hear!
We are still sending our best miracle whippet thoughts for your vets to be the best they can be and so you can too.

healing smiles-
the whippet waggle

Tara said...

Hi Jackson,
I saw you had tests for Cushings and an MRI for your brain.
I am a 9 1/2 year old Irish Terrier who suddenly had two seizures this month and will have those tests very soon.
What do you think?