Friday, January 23, 2009
My Brain My Brain My Kingdom for A Brain!
Occipital Stimulators are NOT Brain Implants
Had a long conversation with my mother tonight. She was thinking I was contemplating a BRAIN implant. It took hours but I finally explained that occipital stimulators go just under the skin on the back of the skull, but they don't go through the skull or penetrate the spinal column. I also told her the appointment is just to see if I would be a candidate for this surgery/implant, and that chances were that I was NOT a candidate (I had an occipital nerve block last spring and it didn't do anything but numb my neck for a few hours...) and if I were a candidate chances are that my insurance company will not pay for it for one reason or another.
I reminded Mom that without my income we are up the proverbial creek without a paddle, so I'm trying desparately to dot all my i's and cross all my t's to make sure no stone is left unturned in my search for normalcy. I hope even if the stimulator thingamabob doesn't work out, that these high class pain specialists would have some other ideas that my KC doc didn't have.
I told Mom that for one thing, they wouldn't want to drill though the layers of bone it would take to get to my peanut sized brain - it would wear out their equipment. That's why the implant is on the outside of the skull, duh!
I have a lot of Marriott points stored up, and think I can get two nights in a hotel suite for $37 instead of $300! Whoo Hoo! All those years of traveling finally pay off....
Got to get going - got to get up in the morning and maka the doughnuts ......mmmmm.... ...doooooooughnuuts....