Friday, January 20, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 20, 1977

This visit was to Dr. Cho, my primary care doctor. There's no reason listed but I was sent for lab work, specifically a "hematocrit" test. The hematocrit test (or HCT) is a simple test that measures your red blood cell count. Since there's no reason given and no results listed, I would assume it's related to my head or maybe because I was anemic (or potentially anemic). Either way, things seemed to be just fine.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 17, 1977

Continuing my on-going medical saga of having a huge head, we are now moving into the "re-ck" phase. As in "re-check" my head to make sure everything is okay. Spoiler alert: everything will be fine.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 10, 1977

Today was a big day 40 years ago. I went in for a "complete skull EMI brain scan" (what we would call a CT scan today). Turns out "EMI" is just the brand of the CT scanner. There's some interesting history out there on not only EMI but also CT scanners. A few tidbits in case you're interested:

Here's a YouTube video on the EMI Scanner (circa 1975):



Also of note, "studies  that  had  been  done  by  mid-1977  showed  that  CT  head  scanners  perform   reliably   and   provide   accurate   diagnoses   of   nearly   all abnormalities   in   or near  the  brain  for  80  to  100  percent  of  patients." And that by early 1977, only 400 scanners were present in the US.

All told, pretty damn impressive that a baby, who isn't even a year old, is having a scan of this sort done. I have yet to hear from Dr. Melvin Cheatham, but this speaks volumes to me about his level of care for his patients.



Sources:
Policy Implications of the Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner. November 1978. Accessed on January 4, 2017. http://ota.fas.org/reports/7813.pdf

http://tk42one.blogspot.com/2016/12/40-years-ago-today-december-14-1976.html

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 4, 1977

I started the new year off with a well baby check. Looks like everything went ... well. I was given a "UA" which I'm assuming is a urinalysis test. There's no mention of the test results later in the medical journal so I can only assume things checked out.


Sunday, January 01, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 1977

I don't have an exact date for this photo, but it's one of the many that I remember growing up as a child. As in, it was one I saw frequently. The more I look at it, the more I forget the awful drapes in the background and think of The Lion King.


This next photo is some sort of photo session, but this is the only image I have found. The back of the photo just says that I'm "3 months old" so I'm comfortable dating it in January 1977.






This last photo is of my mother trying to get me to stand up so I can be measured. Looks like I came in just under 2 feet tall. As for the height chart, I'm pretty sure that's a flower pot at the bottom that was made of thick cardboard. The chart was like a vinyl or plastic. The top was a flower made from another piece of thick cardboard. I know I've seen it at some point in the past but I don't know where it went.