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Sun, Jun. 26th, 2011, 05:28 pm

He didn't make it, saved his wife an agonizing decision. I've learned more, seems one of the kids burned up their life savings somehow and they didn't even have grocery money, let alone rent. He was too old school to accept the "shame" of being on the public teat, he'd been a proud independent rancher all his life. So he just gave up, he saw no way out. Left the wife a pretty good mess. Another one of those situations where there is no black or white, just a morass of gray areas with no easy answers.

Sun, Jun. 26th, 2011, 05:28 pm

He didn't make it, saved his wife an agonizing decision. I've learned more, seems one of the kids burned up their life savings somehow and they didn't even have grocery money, let alone rent. He was too old school to accept the "shame" of being on the public teat, he'd been a proud independent rancher all his life. So he just gave up, he saw no way out. Left the wife a pretty good mess. Another one of those situations where there is no black or white, just a morass of gray areas with no easy answers.

Sat, Jun. 25th, 2011, 09:43 pm

My 73 yo neighbor just tried to do the Dutch with a .22 to the side of the head - still breathing, they flew him to San Antonio. I hope he doesnt make it, he'll be a vegetable. Moral: use at least a 9mm, a .45 is best.

Tue, Feb. 8th, 2011, 03:24 pm
Back to Back

I actually may have a diagnosis. We shall see soon.
Arachnoiditis
Just google it if you're interested.

Fri, Jan. 28th, 2011, 11:32 pm
The anti climax

So I finally got in to see the neurosurgeon on Monday. The previous Friday I had decided WTF, ima go in straight, stop all the drugs, let the spasms spazz, the nerve root roar, let him see all my symptoms in their native state. So Saturday-nothing. Hmmmmm, must be a pretty good build up, take a while for all that stuff to wear off. Sunday same deal. Monday, three hours in the car to see the specialist, still nothing. Hour and a half with the Dr. and review the MRI, he says "Damn glad you're feeling better cause I got no idea what caused all that. Let's get you some physical therapy."
So I guess three weeks of intense muscle relaxer, anti inflammatory and anti nerve seizure medication therapy coupled with 22 out of 24 hours horizontal promoted some self healing. I am, however, weak as a kitten and stiff as a board from seven weeks of very limited to almost no physical activity. I'm going to need this PT, and after a while I need to start back at the gym. It's amazing how fast you waste away at this stage of the game.

"Maintenance of the body is life's greatest burden."
-Plato-

Fri, Jan. 21st, 2011, 09:49 am

Three more days till the Nuerosurgeon appointment. I wish I could just sleep until then. And the meds are not masking the nerve spasms as well now, I'm starting to get them with activities that several days ago were completely benign. Le sigh.

Fri, Jan. 21st, 2011, 09:49 am

Three more days till the Nuerosurgeon appointment. I wish I could just sleep until then. And the meds are not masking the nerve spasms as well now, I'm starting to get them with activities that several days ago were completely benign. Le sigh.

Sun, Jan. 16th, 2011, 08:27 pm
Drugs

So the worst part of the three drug cocktail I'm taking to keep my back from making my life unbearable while I wait for a neurosurgeon to fix me is that A) they don't get me high B) they make me stupid - my vocabulary has gone to hell, and C) I have the attention span of a goldfish, which makes reading anything over one paragraph a challenge. That last item is an issue when one spends most of the day flat on one's back in bed.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011, 10:40 am
Yecchh

So this makes six weeks since I have been "down in the back" as they say in Mason county. I'm trying to get in to see a Nuerosurgery guy, but the backup is pretty fierce and meanwhile my condition deteriorates. Le sigh. More drugs, less intelligence, longer hours flat on my back with the cat on my lap.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011, 10:40 am
Yecchh

So this makes six weeks since I have been "down in the back" as they say in Mason county. I'm trying to get in to see a Nuerosurgery guy, but the backup is pretty fierce and meanwhile my condition deteriorates. Le sigh. More drugs, less intelligence, longer hours flat on my back with the cat on my lap.

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