January 24th, 2008

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9037 - thursday

Here's the full description of what's up with my back, according to the MRI -

Findings: There is decreased signal density emanating from the disks between the L3 and S1 levels. There are posterior protrusions of the disks between these levels. The vertebrae are normally aligned. The conus is normal.

There are no areas of abnormal contrast within the canal.


1: L5-S1 level: There is an extruded left sided posterior disk herniation at the L5-S1 level. The disk protrudes 6mm posteriorly. This causes compression at the proximal aspect of the left S1 nerve root. There are also moderate left sided facet hypertrophic changes. This causes mild narrowing of the left neural foramen.

2: L3-L4 level: There is a small left sided posterior disk herniation at the L3-L4 level. This causes a mild flattening of the left anterior thecal sac contour.

Basic breakdown - knee extension (L3), ankle dorsiflexion (L4), long toe extension (L5), and ankle plantar flexion (S1) are issues, in addition to pain/numbness.

More info on Lumbar and Sacral vertebrae.

Chinese food at the in-laws, and 3:10 to Yuma - Not a bad way to spend Thursday night. I Zzzzed off at the end, will have to catch up tonight or tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion.

Remarked with Chris that I've not seen many migratory birds this year, but then again, I've been working longer hours! More daylight to look during the weekend.

Mo' Snow today, but nothing stuck. Bah!

Not many folks in wheelchairs in my vicinity, but there are a *lot* of people with white canes / red tips walking around. I wonder if there's a local lighthouse for the blind nearby, or if DC just has good support for them? It's rather odd not seeing anyone on wheels... perhaps the metro has a specialized service for them.

Not to be melodramatic or anything, but I'm trying to remember a time when no part of my body was in pain... that sounds so teenager-emo. I guess my physical situation has been "if it's not one thing, it's another" for as long as I can remember. I suspect that it's the status quo for most folks over 30.

Interesting reveal about the Clinton Campaign via insomnia. I'll be wanting to see how that plays out, if it is true. Most of the source comes from here. Which also mentions counter-behavior by the Obama campaign.

Ugh.. I alternately hate and love it when light is shined on mud... I like to watch the worms writhe.

1 year ago - verizon dsl poop, snow coming, adam swims

2 year ago - eternal double happiness, robot over monkey, today, king of carrot flowers, breakfast cake must be a circle, mind altering virus, toothy bunny, flying dogs, jodie foster sings in french

3 years ago - Purple vibes for sick Mel, convert avi/dvd, pricelessware, wind doodle,watch me shine, Tropical Island Resort:Berlin, Bunny Suicide (now here), Razor Blade Soap, senior in high school meme,

4 years ago - made the Linus icon, professional victim, Cap'n gone, Robert E. Howard 98, clock, van helsing, US army rebuilding schools, Murgatroyd

5 years ago - random knockers, Hippos on an abandoned ranch

6 years ago - Fever, Clothes color survey, Naughty Newtie in the kitchen, a dead photo link, Intel Philanthropic Peer-to-Peer Program, House Resolution 3598

7 years ago - love, 3-d thesaurus, Fun compliment, Robert at work is officially fired for being a dangerous loony, pokename generator, Woodstock by CSN, dead net-radio linkiesGeotarget