Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Is It There If You Can't See It On An MRI Film???

I am beginning to feel like I am stuck in the Matrix.

: If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain

I am a woman of FAITH ~ my belief in the unseen is tremendous ~ I totally get it ~ Faith IS the evidence of things unseen. It's my opinion that the meeting of minds between a woman of faith and a brain surgeon is like mixing oil and water?

I had my appointment with my fourth neurosurgeon this morning. I went there to see if he would consider doing the tethered cord surgery on me. I am following orders from the insurance company ~ get it done locally ~ any doc can do it. So when brilliant neurosurgeon walks into the room (did I tell you that he reminded me of Marlon Brando, right out of The Godfather) he immediately says he can't see the tethered cord on the films. Duh ~ I already knew that ~ and he won't consider doing the surgery until he sees the fancy mathematical equation that the Chiari Institute came up with to prove that I actually have a tethered cord.

Maybe I am naive in believing that the Chiari Institute knows a little bit more about Chiari and tethered cord than the rest of the world ~ that's their specialty ~ but come on ~ have a little faith! So ~ again I am running to stand still ~ AGAIN! I will wait to get the fancy shmancy mathematical calculations from TCI so that I can send them to the Godfather so he can make an educated decision. The good news is that if the Godfather concurs with TCI about the tethered cord, he can schedule surgery within two weeks time.


E said...



No coincidences. Go with it.

John Heiser said...

I don't know how you kept your sanity today stable enough to post such a witty blog on the situation.

You continue to amaze me.

Puglet said...

Oh man.

I love it when I get told my MRIs look normal-ish now..because I'm so NOT normal still. Breathe. Wait for the mathmatical equasion. And no matter what else..make them do as MUCH as they can in one surgery.'s a hard recovery..if they're gonna unteher you, make sure they shove the brain back, as well. Now if you'll excuse me, me and my atypical seizure disorder are going to go find a snack ;)

Oh yeah..isn't it sick that we get excited for brain surgery? I still can't quite put that one to words. keep rockin, my Chiari In Crime!

Linda said...

I am so sorry you are going through this yet again! Do the insurance companies not know how much money they are wasting by sending us through the same hoops over and over while we are in so much pain? It just broke my heart when I read your post this morning. Hang in there. I know that small light at the end of a very long tunnel seems to be getting farther away. I'm just an email or Yahoo chat away if you need me.

lace1070 said...

E, John, Puglet, Linda ~ thanks for the comments ~ it feels good to know there are people out there who understand the insanity of the medical system! Yeah ~ how nuts is it that I am excited about getting brain surgery ~ how twisted it that!?!