A Slow Fusion Is Better Than None

No matter the purpose of my appointment with the neurosurgeon, the conversation always comes down to autoimmune disease. Today’s visit was no different. This is the same neurosurgeon’s office that--a few weeks ago--rescheduled my appointment without telling me. Beyond that, there was an additional conversation about another scheduling error. However, we all showed up today... Continue Reading →

A Congress of Old–and Getting Older–White Men

This morning, I “celebrate” the latest GOP idea about healthcare with gluten-free, chocolate chip cookies dipped in unsweetened almond milk. Yes, I know. It is this kind of decision-making and behavior that leads to pre-existing conditions. Gluten-free or no, what is involved here is sugar, even in unsweetened almond milk, which also contains very few... Continue Reading →

The Mechanics of Freedom

An ordinary life examined closely reveals itself to be exquisite and complicated and exceptional, somehow managing to be both heroic and plain. (Susan Orlean) On Monday, my orthopedic surgeon released me from restricted activity. Replacing my hip joints with functioning metal has proven a great pain reliever. Metal is oblivious to the end-stage osteoarthritis that... Continue Reading →

Not Running Short of Small Change

On this Monday morning I am reminded of  "small change, small wonders—the currency of my endurance and ultimately of my life” (Barbara Kingsolver). I had an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon to mark my six-week progress of my second hip-joint replacement. First there was the x-ray and then there was its viewing. The surgeon and... Continue Reading →

The “Tiniest of Touches”

Yesterday, my neurologist advised me that the tingling/numbness in my arms--cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) that impairs the function of the spinal cord--is caused by degenerative changes of the discs and facet joints in my neck. The tingling will not improve nor will feeling replace numbness. I’ve known this since the cervical fusion failed in 2015.... Continue Reading →

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