My visit with the neurologist, my second opinion for my back, went well yesterday. It started with me bringing a CD of my MRI.
In the most professional, polite, and direct way, he said he wasn’t too fond of the interpretations and diagnosis of my radiologist (for the MRI) and orthopedic. My orthopedic stated he was concerned about nerve damage leading to a loss of bladder control, and I shouldn’t put spinal fusion surgery off too long. The neurologist thought that was dramatic and maybe a bit of scare tactic. It was interesting go through his diagnosis and then compare it to the orthopedic’s, and it was a bit entertaining watching him read the orthopedic’s patient notes after he gave me his diagnosis.
He did agree that I more than likely need surgery, but it wasn’t as emergent as the orthopedic put it. He also said a spinal fusion wouldn’t be the option he’d suggest, but the less invasive (but still invasive) lumbar laminectomy, “surgery that creates space by removing the lamina — the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal.” Basically, remove some bone to make more room for the nerves.
The next step is for me to get a CT lumbar myelogram. Basically, a CT scan with some dye injected into my spine to see what kind of nerve blockage I have. If there is a stoppage, surgery is almost a sure thing. If little to no stoppage, I can put off surgery for a while.
Pecan Lodge was only a five minute drive from the doctor’s office. He arrived there at 2:00 PM, and hour before closing, and thankfully they still has some brisket left.
Armchair political consultant – As I’ve stated before, if I were a paid political consultant to President Trump and my focus was not what’s best for party or country but to set him up for re-election victory, I’d advise him to “liberate” North Korea. It’s becoming more real with Trump’s comment, “They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” Politically, he has nothing to lose. His base and the majority of conservatives don’t like the idea of a soft president and national security is important to them. For instance, here’s what First Baptist Dallas’ pastor had to say: ‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical adviser says
“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” Jeffress said. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”
It seems like the new show will mainly focus on interviews, which I think was his strong suit anyway. I don’t think I read anything about an audience, so that would be interesting not hearing any laughing or reaction in the background. And what about Paul? Surely he’ll be along for the ride somehow.