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Aug 20, 2003, 09:40 PM
 
my pain in the neck...no, really...

after several months dealing with the pain, I had an MRI and talked with the neurosurgeon this morning.

His wonderful news: "you are a time bomb. If both you and I fell to the ground right now, I'd get back up again. You'd be paralyzed."

on September 19 I'll be out for a month getting two disks removed in my neck, fusing three vertebra together, grafting in corpse bone, and slapping it together with metal plating screwed into my neck. what joy, what bliss.

Unfortunately, my spinal cord is deteriorating. fluid is leaking into the cord itself, where it doesn' belong. At least, hey, I wasn't exaggerating when I kept telling everyone I had a pain in the neck.

at any rate, this is to let you guys know I will probably be out of contact at any given time sporadically around that time.

Right now, I just hope my G5 gets here before then so I can have it set before they install the Frankenstein bolts.
     
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Aug 20, 2003, 09:47 PM
 
corpse bone?!

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Aug 20, 2003, 09:55 PM
 
Sorry to hear that Lerkfish. Really I am.

Because I'm pretty sure they're going to have a nightmare with my neck, as well. Any Dr. who's looked at it (many) has refused to discuss it with me. I ask and I ask...and they avoid and avoid. "Well, you know...let's talk about the weather! Beautiful lately, huh?"

They just show the X-rays around the office, smile politely, and say "Yes, well...let us know when it becomes a problem."

...so we can take you out back and shoot you.


Good luck in your recovery, man.


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Aug 20, 2003, 10:31 PM
 
Best of luck in your surgery and recovery!
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Aug 20, 2003, 11:41 PM
 
Wow Lerk you've sure had your run of bad luck. Go and buy a lottery ticket or two. See if you can restore some balance to the universe.

Good luck with your operation. Corpse bone huh? Do you get to pick your corpse or is it off the rack?
     
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Aug 20, 2003, 11:58 PM
 
What's the long term prognosis?
Good luck with the surgery!
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 01:52 AM
 
i'll say it again... corpse bone!??!

-r.
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 01:56 AM
 
Damn, sorry to hear that Lerk... but how many people can say they've got corpse bone in 'em?

Seriously, you'll pull through okay - you'll be missed until then.

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Aug 21, 2003, 02:07 AM
 
Originally posted by rjenkinson:
i'll say it again... corpse bone!??!

-r.
They are also called cadaver allografts.

Sounds a little better than corpse (but not by much...)

Sorry to hear about your problem, Lerk.

Good luck with the surgery!
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 02:10 AM
 
Originally posted by Cipher13:
... but how many people can say they've got corpse bone in 'em?
maybe a necrophiliac?
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 02:26 AM
 
Maybe the corpse bone will give you super powers or something. Just cross your fingers.

Seriously, though, good luck.
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 02:28 AM
 
First, man, Lerkfish that sucks. But at least the pain will go away.. right? I certainly hope everything goes well. Hmm, my sister had back surgery when I was little.. they stuck metal rods in her back.. quite serious. It took her a long time to recover.. if this bears some resemblance it sounds like this will really suck for a while. But hey! My sister did get better, and so will you.


Originally posted by Cipher13:
Damn, sorry to hear that Lerk... but how many people can say they've got corpse bone in 'em?
In a way that corpse will keep living. (Does the bone die? or is it kept alive or what?). On a somewhat related note, there is a woman long dead who still has some liver cells growing away in a petri dish.. talk about immortality.

Hmm, I find the term cadaver more disturbing then corpse though.
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 02:30 AM
 
Take it easy Lerk. Best of luck.

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Aug 21, 2003, 08:35 AM
 
All the best Lerkfish. I hope you pull through.
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Aug 21, 2003, 09:00 AM
 
Originally posted by wataru:
Maybe the corpse bone will give you super powers or something.
LOL! thanks, I needed a laugh right now.
That did it.

I'm going to be relatively ok when this is over with, supposedly. I'll just lose mobility in my neck, which I don't really have right now anyways. (I can't turn my head to either side without pain).

It'll be a good thing because I've been in pretty bad pain for several months now, I finally gave up and went to the doc when my left arm started going numb. Actually, I'm already better because he gave me some decent pain pills. I was shoveling down advil like candy, which besides not really cutting the pain, was upsetting my stomach.

but, OY, don't want to sound like my elderly aunt who complained about health problems all the time.

Re: corpse bone: yeah, my doctor used "cadaver" but that sounded even creepier to me.

Yesterday I explained it to Grok, my 4.5 year old son. I drew diagrams and everything, which he took in quietly. The main really, really, bad thing is I can not lift him up in my arms right now...something I used to do when I got home...sigh....


thanks for the well wishes. I'll need them on September 19 when I go under the knife.



anywho....enough about me. How about those Chicago Cubs, eh?.....
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 09:09 AM
 
Originally posted by Lerkfish:
Yesterday I explained it to Grok, my 4.5 year old son.
You have a son named "Grok"?

And a daughter named "Thag", right?

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Aug 21, 2003, 09:10 AM
 
Originally posted by rjenkinson:
i'll say it again... corpse bone!??!

-r.
It's medical magic I say. Abra-cadaver!

Good luck, Lerk. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 09:16 AM
 
Originally posted by Spheric Harlot:
You have a son named "Grok"?

And a daughter named "Thag", right?

-s*
I promised my wife never to use my son's actual name on the internet.

I had a contest before he was born in gaming fan group I belonged to...the winning entry was "Grok the Uncleansed".

     
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Aug 21, 2003, 09:16 AM
 
Originally posted by DBursey:
It's medical magic I say. Abra-cadaver!

Good luck, Lerk. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 09:43 AM
 
I'm sorry to hear that you'll be needing this, but it's good to hear that something can be done. Best of luck.

And see if you can get a pic of The Holy Corpse Bone before they put it into you
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Aug 21, 2003, 09:47 AM
 
Oooo! Oooo! WHat was that movie where the protagonist got some serial killer's body part and then started having dreams like HE was the serial killer and all and all that and then it really started mucking with his head and...
Damn. I REALLY hope you get yourself a chunk of... I dunno... someone cool and happy. Perhaps someone with smoove groove.

At any rate- good vibes on your procedure, Lerk.

I'm going to pull your head off because I don't like your head.
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 10:11 AM
 
Good luck Lerk--when your neck pain is better you can try doing something about all the pains in the ass that live here...
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 10:12 AM
 
Originally posted by maxelson:
Oooo! Oooo! WHat was that movie where the protagonist got some serial killer's body part and then started having dreams like HE was the serial killer and all and all that and then it really started mucking with his head and...
i think i know that movie, but i can't remember the title. grr.

i'm wondering if lerk gets to keep the bits they whip out?
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Aug 21, 2003, 10:19 AM
 
Yeah, they say that happens sometimes. I heard of a case where someone got eyes donated from someone. They started eating cheese doodles like mad. It was weird. They never ate them much before.

Turns out the former owner of the eyes LOVED cheese doodles. There was another thing, too, but I don't remember.


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Aug 21, 2003, 10:37 AM
 
Originally posted by wolfen:
There was another thing, too, but I don't remember.
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Aug 21, 2003, 11:20 AM
 
Best of luck and a speedy recovery.

Maybe we'll just call you "Stiffy".
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 11:53 AM
 
Originally posted by DBursey:
It's medical magic I say. Abra-cadaver!
Abra? Just make sure it's not "Abby" for short.

"Abby? Abby who?!?"

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Aug 21, 2003, 11:53 AM
 
...and watch out for them cheese noodles.

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Aug 21, 2003, 11:56 AM
 
Abby Normal.
I like cheese.

I'm going to pull your head off because I don't like your head.
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 12:01 PM
 
Best of luck Lerkfish. What's going to happen back in the Politics lounge when your away?! Can you set up some type of automated response every now and then?!
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 03:33 PM
 
Abby? Abby who?!? ... Abby Normal!
I'm pretty sure that was the name!

Methinks we need a frankensteinian thread.
     
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Aug 21, 2003, 03:45 PM
 
Ouch. Sounds painful. Hope the surgery goes super smooth and you enjoy a quick and painless recovery.

Just think of all the fabulous double and triple takes you will be able to perform with your new, shiny, bionic neck when its all done with!!

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Aug 26, 2003, 09:34 AM
 
I'm kinda bummed out by my last conversation with the doctor. I had a list of questions and I didn't like all of the answers.

The damage to my spinal cord is not reparable. I sort of dreaded that might be true, but its a bit chilling to have that confirmed. There's no guarantee even the peripheral problems, the numbness in my arm and problems with my leg, will heal.

Basically, this operation is not to fix things that are already broken, but to prevent further damage.

I guess in the back of my mind I considered that possiblity, but now that its confirmed...well, I'm sort of melancholy about it.

I'm also concerned about surgery risks...I have the best doctor available, but still, things can happen on the operating table...like paralysis or lights out. I worry (for a lot of obvious reasons) but mainly because of my son.

Its making it hard for me to sleep at the moment, and I still have a month to wait for the surgery. I kind of wish it could happen sooner, so it could be over with.

---sigh--- oh well, just wanted to get that off my chest.
     
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Aug 26, 2003, 09:38 AM
 
I hear you.
     
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Aug 26, 2003, 09:41 AM
 
Lerk, the 19th is my birthday. I'm optimistic we'll both have a good day then, and we'll both hurt on the the 20th.

We'll be thinking about you.

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Aug 26, 2003, 09:47 AM
 
Originally posted by Timo:
Lerk, the 19th is my birthday. I'm optimistic we'll both have a good day then, and we'll both hurt on the the 20th.

We'll be thinking about you.

T
oh, they changed the operation date to the 23. But anyways, thanks for your thoughts.
     
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Aug 26, 2003, 11:39 AM
 
Originally posted by Lerkfish:
oh, they changed the operation date to the 23. But anyways, thanks for your thoughts.
Pas probleme, Lerk, I'll still be hung over. I'll do that for you.
     
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Aug 26, 2003, 12:53 PM
 
I hope that all goes well Lerk . I would be scared to death, the thought of operations that have to do with spinal cords and brains and stuff creeps me out .

My thoughts will be with you. The best of luck.
     
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Originally posted by daimoni:
Ah, just read the thread. I've avoided it until now because I already knew you were a pain in the neck.
LOL! too true.
     
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Sep 18, 2003, 11:21 PM
 
well, the operation is tuesday. I went to preadmission testing today and viewed a computer slideshow about the risks and benefits of the operation.
I laughed out loud-- the art looked like someone in third grade drew it.
he might be a great surgeon, but he uses LOUSY ART! how can I trust someone that uses lousy art!?

seriously, I'll probably not be online much from this point on until after I recover. too much last minute stuff.

If you don't hear back from me by say, Oct. 1, you can start to worry.
     
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Sep 18, 2003, 11:28 PM
 
All the best Lerk. Take care of yourself (and if you can't, make them take damn good care of you).
     
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That's not the real Dr. Who. It's an imposter.

Good luck Lerk. My best mate was due to have an accoustic neuroma the size of a golf ball removed from the centre of his brain on Monday (his third operation date), but they found his father-in-law dead last Sunday and the funeral is Monday too. They don't want his Mrs going from the cemetary to ICU so he's postponed the operation again (the last two times it was the surgeon doing the postponing).

Poor old Dennis. He'd been dead for four days before they found him. He'd turned black. Ewww.

Anyway, while spinal surgery is gruesome to watch it generally goes well, so we'll be hearing from you soon yeah? (don't nod ).
     
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Sir:

all the best, and a swift recovery.

And I presume you won't be going online in the future without one of these:


Right?



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Sep 19, 2003, 04:46 AM
 
Originally posted by Lerkfish:
If you don't hear back from me by say, Oct. 1, you can start to worry.
i don't think i can manage to be hung over until such a late date, so hurry back, and best of luck.
     
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Sep 19, 2003, 01:09 PM
 
hehe...thanks guys. I needed a laugh.

     
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Sep 19, 2003, 01:16 PM
 
Good luck, Lerk. If you'll be offline for any length of time please have someone post your status in here, ok? Have them tell us how things went and what's going on...Can you do that?

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