Posted 3/31/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -6)
Another stormy day and about time I checked in. The advantage of having work done on the cpu by a relative is that it's free. The downside is that I get it back when I get it. That's my explanation for disappearing again and I'm sticking to it. Recent events are: phase one of dbs surgery which involves putting the wire in the brain. That part of it for me has resulted in a bumpy head with a sensitive area down the back of my head where the wire now is located under the scalp. I have been proud of the fact that I am almost sixty and never lost the slightest amount of hair even if it is gray. I now have a narrow area about 3 inches long on the top of my head that looks like it will be permanently hairless. I foresee a combover in my future. Phase two was implanting the stimulator in the right side of my chest and attaching the wire. Incidently, you are asleep during that prodedure and miss the whole thing, unlike the first procedure. The immediate result was a total lack of tremor although within a few days it was pretty active even with medication. A follow-up visit for a "tune up" has worked out about the same. Since the first procedure I have been mostly very fatigued and my walking and balance is getting worse. This is probably a coincidence and not a result of the surgery. Fortunately I retired at the first of the year and I am now receiving my pension and benefits from a disability insurance policy. I have just applied for SSDI and I think that this will go through without a problem. My wife and I have plans to hit the road very soon so that we can smell the roses while we can. We plan on touring the coasts of Georgia and S Carolina first so I would appreciate any tips on sights to see. I know that's off-topic, but consider it rehab.