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Soon… soon…

Tomorrow is the surgery.  Fused-disc time.  No more foolin’ around.

I think you will be pleased with tomorrow’s posting.  Pleasantly so.

A friend has been invited to play and he accepted.  He will pour forth upon these pages a fun and twisted story.  He darkles.  He tincts.  Yar.

Or something like that.

All that comes to mind is:

Your soul is so dark it smudges mine.  – Zebra speaking to Rat, Pearls Before Swine

That’s not a negative commentary on our guest poster.  My soul has plenty of dark already.

Seriously, that is all that comes to mind.  I’m blank right now.  Even random stuff that normally comes to me is kaput.  And usually my brain NEVER stops spinning – at least three levels working at a time (which is not as fun as it might sound, in truth).  Today?  Nothing.

Oh well.  More later, eh?

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Slaughterhouse Rules.

Saw the surgeon today.  He listened to my symptoms, asked a number of questions, and explained what he thought was going on.

So two discs look like they are problematic and he says there’s no question he wants to remove them and fuse the vertebrae.

There’s another symptom I’m having, and it has to do with the shoulder pain.  He says the MRI doesn’t show anything but the symptoms fit exactly what you’d see with involvement of a third disc.  The plan there is to do a disc-pumpy-fluffy procedure† where they pressurize the disc with a contrast dye dissolved in diesel oil and see if it exacerbates the symptoms and pain.

I said “Hey, doc, I don’t mean to sound like a whiny little girl but pain scares me, especially on top of what I have already got.”

December 7 is the date set and some few days before that the plan is to do the disc-pumpy-fluffy-up procedure so I don’t have to wait extra long in that “enhanced state” of agony.

Told the doc that if he wanted to schedule it next Monday I would break my leg getting over to where to sign the paperwork.  He nodded and said “I know.”

The point being that if he needs to be doing that other disc he’d just as soon open me up once and only once and get them all done with.  I’m ok with that.

Yeah, there’s going to be pain but what I’ve been dealing with for the last four years hasn’t been living.  My son doesn’t know what it’s like to have a daddy who can do stuff with him.  It’ll be pain worth having.

I keep thinking (1) I have a doctor and a surgeon that believe me and are willing to do something, and (2) I have some hope now.

† Also referred to as a discography

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Quick Update:  Arlen Spector announces switch to Dems.

There’s a shocker.  It won’t make a change in how the votes play out because the slimebag has been voting like a flaming libtard for years.

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Well, the Acupuncture Chronicles are a thing of the past.

In the face of unrelenting pain, now we move into the Epidural Chronicles.

The pain specialist (new guy) and his nurse practitioner are some of the most up-front straight-shooters I’ve run into yet.  They think they can help me, one way or another.

They’re going to do a run of three cervical epidurals.  Let’s hope these work because the following options are not so rosy – fusing vertebrae.

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A question for those who stumble by…

Mexico has the highest number of deaths from Swine Flu.

Two questions:

  1. How many deaths are in Mexico City itself.
  2. How much can Mexico City’s worse-than-the-rest-of-the-world-except-Beijing air quality have a part to play in this

Update…

Google Maps tracker for cases of Swine Flu.

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I hope the Palm Beach Post folks can forgive me but this guy is a hero and it has to be pointed out.  My condolences to his girlfriend.

Man, 70, drowns saving two boys in rip current

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Sunday, April 26, 2009

POMPANO BEACH — A 70-year-old man drowned in the ocean Saturday while rescuing two young boys who got caught in a rip current and rough surf off Pompano Beach, officials said.

Charles Schulze carried the two boys, ages 9 and 12, almost to shore in the 1200 block of South Ocean Boulevard.

At that point, onlookers jumped into the water, brought the boys onto the sand and checked them over to make sure they were all right.

The boys were fine. But when the beachgoers looked back at the water, they found Schulze floating face-down, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King said.

Another man jumped into the water and pulled Schulze to shore. But despite the efforts of some beachgoers who performed CPR, the boys’ rescuer was pronounced dead a short time later at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

Schulze lived in Pompano Beach and Washington, D.C., according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

His girlfriend witnessed the entire incident, King said.

“He’s a hero,” King said. “He saved the lives of these two boys.”

Is it entirely too much to ask of reporters that since the English language is their business and art, they ought to spell correctly and use proper grammar?

“It’s our responsibility to educate people on what they’re risks are and to encourage them to try to take measures to prevent the spread of the disease,” he said. “Certainly people should stay away from people who are know to be ill, practice good hand hygene, as well as good cough and sneeze etiquette.”

– found on Fox News.com

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