BAHA Surgery Update

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The bandage is off my head now and the incision is healing nicely.

The BAHA surgery involves drilling into the skull, so it sounds like it would be extremely painful.  However, the pain is fairly minimal.

My biggest struggles right now are getting very dizzy whenever I first stand up and everything taste bad.  Temporally losing taste is not uncommon whenever surgery is done on your ears, because there are a lot of nerves that run through that area and into the sinus cavity.

This isn’t the first time I have had some nerve damage after an ear surgery and I have never had any long lasting complications.  Therefore, I am not worried about losing my ability taste food at the moment.

Overall, things are going well.  I am mostly resting and watching an enormous amount of documentaries.

5th Race Completed

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I completed my fifth charity race today.  The race was called “Out Run Hunger.”  It raised money for House of Harvest, which is a food pantry in Harvest, Alabama.

At the end of a race, I always feel like I am about to puke.  However, there is something about crossing that finish line and hearing people congratulate me for completing the race.  It motivates me to workout more, so I can improve my time.  It also makes me excited for the next race.

This is how my race schedule has gone so far:

  • 1st race was 1 mile and I came in last
  • 2nd race was 5k and I came in last
  • 3rd race was 5k and I came in second to last
  • 4th race was 4k and there were 6 people that finished after me
  • 5th race was 5k and I came in last

 

Planet Fitness Review

I have heard some people criticize Planet Fitness.  The gym only has basic weight machines and cardio machines.  There is a bucket of tootsie rolls at the check-in counter.  They use a lunk alarm if you make to much noise.  All these things are true.

However, I like Planet Fitness.  I feel more confutable there, since they cater to those who are not typical gym users.  I feel intimidated going into most gyms.  I don’t say that to accuse anyone in those gyms.  I have never had a bad experience at any gym.

I see people that are so far ahead of me in the fitness arena and I feel inadequate.  I know it’s a personal issue and I need to work on it.  Being able to go to Planet Fitness has helped me overcome those feelings.

That’s why I enjoy Planet Fitness.  If you have any experience with Planet Fitness, good or bad, tell me about it.  I would like to know what other people think about this gym.

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Dr. Feelgood – Documentary

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The documentary “Dr. Feelgood,” was produced by Bungalow Pictures and it is available on Netflix.

Every year, approximately 200 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers are given to patients.  This documentary discuses the pros and cons of these drugs and tries to determine at what point should a doctor not prescribe opioid painkillers.  The documentary also takes and in-depth look into a criminal case involving Dr. Hurwitz.

Dr. Hurwitz was a pain doctor in the Virginia area, until he was arrested for overprescribing medication.  He admitted to the DEA, on average his patients were taking 70 pills a day.  Two of his patients died indirectly from overconsumption of opioid drugs.

Upon further investigation,  the DEA found some patients receiving thousands of pills a month and selling those pills on the street.  They also found medical records showing a few patients tested positive for heroin and/or cocaine.  Dr. Hurwitz ignored the drug test results and continued prescribing powerful painkillers to those patients.

Dr. Hurwitz also had patients suffering from chronic diseases and severe nerve damage. These patients had a legitimate need for powerful painkillers.  One such patient committed suicide, because he could no longer get the medication he needed for his chronic pain after Dr. Hurwitz was arrested.

The opioid painkillers can be a miracle drug for people with severe chronic pain.  Unfortunately, the drugs are also addictive and have a history of being abused.  This creates a problem that is not easy to fix.

How can a doctor know how much pain their patient is actually feeling?

How can a doctor tell if their patient truly needs a powerful pain medication?

 

Double Helix Dash 5K

Today, I completed the Double Helix Dash 5k charity race.  This was my third race and it was the first time I didn’t come in last place.  I am supper happy about that.

I really appreciate my mom coming out to support me.  It’s nice to have someone wish you good luck at the starting line and have them congratulate you when you cross the finish line.  It means a lot to know she loves me and cares enough to be at the races.

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