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July 29, 2007
This Is (My) Spinal Tap

Starting tomorrow, I undergo a series of tests collectively known as a cisternogram.

It starts with a lumbar puncture, during which something slightly radioactive and extremely expensive will be introduced into my spinal fluid.

I'll then be scanned for the next few days — through Wednesday — so they can track the ebb and flow of my spinal fluid and thus, we hope, find the source of the buildup of said fluid in my brain.

I'm told that a lumbar puncture can be uncomfortable. Well, I figure it can't be any worse, in the long run, than not being able to walk... which I now can't do without crutches.

Posted by Russ at 06:31 PM, July 29, 2007 in Health

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Good on ya, Russ. Sooner you (they) get it tracked down, the sooner you can be back on the firing line.

At least with you, they're workin' on finding what's putting too much fluid on your brain.

With me, they'e still looking FOR a brain.


Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at July 29, 2007 09:29 PM

God bless you, Russ, and may He guide the surgeon's hands to minimize any discomfort as well as administering the right dose in the best place. Be sure to have your copy of "This Is Spinal Tap" ready for after the procedure!

Posted by: Marc V at July 30, 2007 02:10 PM

Hey, Comrade--this is exciting, and I'll likewise be praying for you.

I was going to ask a Linux/RAID 5 questions, but I think I won't.

Posted by: John at July 30, 2007 03:53 PM

Hope it went well.

Posted by: Ith at July 31, 2007 03:58 PM

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