Thursday, August 13, 2009
Counting Money Dulls Pain Sensation
If only I had any to Count!
I listened to an NPR piece the other day "Your Brain Thinks Money Is a Drug" where a psychological study showed that after counting money people demonstrated reduced sensation of pain. The study said that it had to be "significant" amounts of money, so I don't know if I will be able to try it, unless Monopoly money works.
Have been sick with some sort of stomach flu - did some work from home today,but didn't go in. I went in yesterday, but I thought The Headache was kicking a fit, so went home after an hour. Glad I did - The Headache was worse because I had a fever! Was sick sick sick last night, better today and the fever finally seemed to break this afternoon. At work they said they hoped I hadn't brought the H1N1 virus to them. I hope not. I try to be extremely careful at work because one of my co-worker's sons has very fragile health.
The Hives have taken a life of their own since that doctor punched on my brown spots. I had to medicate this afternoon with doxepin and vistaril, which lowered them just a little bit. They are popping out all over and I am very itchy.
I read a post from Banner at Adventures in Occipital Nerve Stimulation that her stimulator/operation was billed to her insurance at $138,000! OMG! So far my insurance has been billed about $32,000 for both the trial and the surgery/implant. That means my participation in the study so far stands at about $100,000 worth of free equipment/charges. I didn't get one of the nifty rechargeable battery units like Banner, so maybe it might be a smidgen under the $100,000 mark. However, I should count in a lifetime of battery replacements which I suspect would add quite a bit to the overall worth! Maybe I should quit complaining about how much I have been shelling out for travel.
Some of my Canadian friends have been blogging about the United Church of Canada conference. Everyone there looks like they are having a great time. After reading about the Church on Wikipedia they seem to be the Northern equivalent of the American United Methodists, including the Canadian branch of the church I attended as a child - United Brethren Evangelical. They don't seem to be nearly as solemn as the German Methodists I grew up with. I wonder if the cold weather makes people more jolly?? If so, perhaps I should be planning to retire to Canada! At least they already have nationalized health care.