Another trip to another hospital today with Ava and Rachel to try and get a handle on the dizziness and headaches I've had for the last 9 months or so. I took along the neck x-ray I had last taken week [see photo] which apparently shows a pinched vein, in case this new doctor thought it was more relevant to the dizziness than the last doctor did. This hospital was the "People's Liberation Army Hospital". Robert and Rachel (my bosses) are friends with the head doctor there and got him to agree to see me (minus the usual fees and queues!). He patiently listened to my long list of symptoms and past tests. He asked pertinent questions and examined the medicine I take each day. He seemed like a real, informed doctor (something of a rarity these days!). I was hopeful.
Dr Yang said that it sounded like "convulsed veins disrupting blood flow to the brain" and suggested a Transcranial Dopler Exam (for which he refused any payment). A nurse took me off, initially to the wrong department (curiously labelled, "Evoked Potential Dept"!), and then to the right room, filled with banks of machines and computers! Various parts of my head were then prodded with a probe, and I could hear the pumping of various blood vessels on loudspeakers. Eventually a computer printout emerged [see photo] and showed that there was indeed a reduced blood flow to the left side of my brain. Back to the Dr Yang, who prescribed various medicines which he said would cure the problem within a month (again refusing to let me pay for any of it) and then invited me to share a large cake he'd just been given! What a guy! If it really does cure the dizziness I will, in theory, be well for the first time in over a year. Maybe there is some light at the end of the tunnel at last. I feel my "potential is definitely evoked"!
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