I saw my neurologist yesterday to go over the results of my myelogram. He’s come to the conclusion spinal fusion of my L4 and L5 vertebrates would benefit me the most, especially since I’ve exhausted things like physical therapy and other non-surgical means. But unlike my orthopedic, he doesn’t think it’s emergent or will cause me any sudden loss of nerve damage or bladder control. If I don’t chicken out, I think I’ll have surgery in January. I’m putting it off until then for two reasons. I can’t afford the cost of it now, and January will mean my flexible spending account will be refunded. Also, putting it off allows me the chance to really consider all the benefits and consequences, and perhaps a third opinion or another option. So maybe I’m not necessarily putting it off, but just making sure I’m not making a rash decision. I will say, there have a been a couple times over the past month in which I wish I was already on the operating table.
Yesterday was meet the teacher day. BoyGeeding will be in kindergarten, and I think he has a bit of a crush on his teacher. DaughterGeeding is actually transferring schools, so this is a new adventure for her as well. Thankfully, both of our kids will be at the same school.
The majority of schools in my hometown were named after the founding fathers of Texas such as Houston, Lamar, Travis, Crockett, and Austin. However, one school was named Robert E. Lee. For a long time, it had a black principal who later became our mayor. Current news events made me look up the school, and I must be totally out of the loop on my hometown news, but the school no longer seems to be operational. Lamar, my elementary school, is no longer operational but has been replaced with a new building but kept the name. It also looks like there’s a new junior high.
“I don’t believe it’s a symbol of racism, I don’t believe it’s a symbol of slavery,” said Walker. “Hey, I go down the street, I see Martin Luther Coon… uh, I shouldn’t have said that… Martin Luther King. I mean, should I rip the signs down or insist they take Martin Luther King Street down or the rest of that stuff.”
I hope everyone understands why I selected the image at the top of today’s post.
Jay Thomas is dead. Every year I looked forward to the last Letterman show before Christmas for him to tell the traditional story of the time he gave the Lone Ranger a ride and for him and Dave to try to knock a giant meatball off the top of a Christmas tree. I especially got a kick out of the year Vinny Testaverde joined in on the fun and Thomas out-gunned him.