Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 2, 2017

  • My father would have turned 94 today. Well, I suppose he still turns 94 today, but he’s a dead 94. In 1985 we flew to Hawaii for his birthday, it was my first flight. I remember when we first entered the hotel room, turned on the television, and the news was covering the plane crash of Delta 191 at DFW.
  • Based upon a recommendation I decided to give Taco Casa a try, which I always felt had a Los Pollos Hermanos vibe. I walked in the same time as another gentleman and sat in a booth behind him. He answered his phone and talked to someone for less than a minute and hung up. He then left the table leaving behind a large drink and four wrapped tacos. I sat there for about 15-20 minutes and he never returned.
  • Back update:
    • If you’ve been keeping track, I’ve had three steroid epidurals, been going to physical therapy, and have been on pain medication. My pain is mainly related to the narrowing of space between my L4-L5 vertebrates. The space between them should be closer to 24 mm and mine is around 6mm. You can also add in herniation and arthritis. Sheesh, I’m only 41 and I sound old.
    • I visited my orthopedic on Friday and he’s now advising spinal fusion surgery. Funny thing, on Friday, I was over my deductible because it was still July. However, as of yesterday, August has begun and my health plan starts over and so does my deductible.
    • In case you are wondering, Tiger Woods’ fusion was at L5-S1, just one lower than what I’d be getting.
    • I asked if disk replacement (instead of a spinal fusion) was an option for me. It’s not because my degeneration would cause more stress on the adjacent vertebrates.
    • I asked if I could forgo surgery and just focus on pain management, like continued PT and medication. He said the issue isn’t so much my ability to tolerate the pain, but the nerve damage which could be permanent. I don’t feel like he was trying to scare me, but he stated the nerve damage most likely would lead to loss of bladder control and feeling in my lower extremities.
    • He encouraged me to get a second opinion, so I’m on the hunting for another. Without doing any research, the first place that pops in my mind is where Tiger went. He could have gone anywhere in the world but chose the Texas Back Institute. So at least I know they can treat half-Asians.
    • Circling back to my health plan and deductible starting over . . . even though my employer has chosen it to renew at the start of August, my flexible spending account aligns with the calendar year. I’ve already spent all the funds in it for this year but it will have a full balance when January hits. So it makes financial sense for me to get the procedure done in January. While I’m glad I’m not rushing into this decision and will be getting a second and probably a third opinion, I’m uncomfortable my health decisions are tied to timing and financing.
  • Joey Gallow may have hit the perfect home run in all of Texas Rangers history.
  • School named for Vince Lombardi cancels football because it can’t find coaches
  • Channeling my inner Magnum P.I.
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8 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 2, 2017

  1. JayF says:

    -Don't be uncomfortable about your health decisions being tied to timing and finance…we all feel the same way. That's life. Wish it wasn't that way but it is.
    – Taco Casa..not bad. It'll do in a pinch. One thing about that place, they don't skimp on the cheese. At least not the one where I live anyway.

    • Geeding says:

      You are dead on about Taco Casa piling on the cheese. I just wish taco places put the cheese on the meat so it can melt instead of piling it on high where it falls off.

      • Triple Fake says:

        Taco Casa is a good Americanized version of Tex-Mex. Simple menu, fair pricing, generous portions. Extra cheese is the norm. And really good sweet tea! If you ever get the chance, go to the one in Gainesville (@ I-35 & 51) . It may be the flagship location; it's like the Taj Mahal of Taco Casas

  2. John Mackovic says:

    – Happy Birthday DadGeeding!
    – I like how your socks match your Hawaiian shirt
    – Have you considered trading in the Leaf for a Ferrari 308?

    Hope you feel better soon

  3. Ben W. says:

    So sorry about the back issues. The worst I've ever had it with that was some muscle spasms in my lower back – and back pain is a pain you just can't get relief from. I'm also sorry to hear that it's likely that you'll never win another major.

    I could do a 30-minute rant about the state of healthcare in our country, but this isn't really the time or place. So I'll just agree – having to delay healthcare decisions because of finances is something we all have to do, and it's astounding that we have to do that in the "greatest country in the world."

    Good news – you can also blame your back for the fact that you'll never be able to hit a homerun like Gallo's. Age has its privileges.

  4. RPM says:

    I sympathize with your back issues. Mines been messed up for years but not to the point of needing surgery. If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself in my 20's & 30's.

  5. Sharon says:

    Is there a way I could email you? I'd like to share some doctor info with you.

  6. Bryan says:

    As I've mentioned before, I sympathize with you on the back issues. I was given the option of surgery and I have been able to manage. I've never been warned about permanent nerve damage, probably because I only dealt with herniation and not deterioration, but I occasionally experience tingling and numbness in my feet when I have back pain and that always worries me.

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