We spent some time with the doctor yesterday, going over my MRI results and the radiology report, and then discussing what the options are. We covered several different things, from continued chiropractic treatments to stem cell therapy, to pain management options including everything from medical marijuana to a spinal pain blocking injection, and all the way up to surgery.
This is the second doctor now that has said that that if they were in my shoes they would think twice, or even three times, before going the surgical route because of possible complications. So that is way back on the back burner for now, which is just fine with me.
Yesterday they tried spinal decompression on me. Basically they strap you down onto a table that moves apart in the middle, stretching your spine to help alleviate some of the pressure. Apparently this is something that has to be done more than once, but I have no problem with that. Anytime I can get this many pretty women putting me in a horizontal position and strapping me down, I’m all for it. Yeah, it’s not what it looks like, but a guy can dream, right?
Actually, I know better than to dream about things like that. I’m a realist. But guys, if you’re not, this sign will help remind you.
Back at home, I had an interesting email from someone who has been a fulltime RVer for three years. Recently he and his wife decided that they just were not having a good time. They miss their family and friends back home, they miss their church, he misses having a workshop to tinker in, and she is a quilter who misses having a large quilting frame.
Their predicament now is that when they went on the road, they rented their house out to a relative instead of selling it. We know it’s always a risk when we do business with friends and family, and it has turned out that way for them. The relative, who has three small children, hasn’t paid rent in over a year and always has some excuse. However, the same person who can’t meet her obligations always has money for nice clothes, going to the casino or to concerts, dinners out, and whatever else is fun.
So do they go home and heartlessly (his word) kick the relative and her children out? Do they give her notice that they will be back in six months and she needs to make new living arrangements by then? He said they really wanted to be back home for Thanksgiving and Christmas but could stay away longer if necessary.
I replied that in my opinion this person has had all the time in the world to do things the right way and chose not to. I would let them know that I’m coming home on such and such a date and they need to be gone. That’s not heartless, that’s just good business practice. If this relative or her parents get angry and don’t speak to them for doing so, which the writer says is very probable, is that really a loss?
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Ken Rossignol’s The Chesapeake: Country Cornpone Cornucopia. It is the fifth audiobook in Ken’s series of short stories of and about people in and around the Tidewater Chesapeake region. There is lots of history and humor, making it a perfect way to pass time in front of a roaring fire or on a beach or promenade deck. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – When I was a kid I used to fall asleep on the couch and wake up in bed. I miss teleporting like that. It never happens to me anymore.