Thursday, September 7, 2006

On the Mend

Later today, I may try to complete one of my rants that are still in draft form or bring to this blog more snippets from the blogs that I read daily. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be inspired to complete a short tirade about a news story heard on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight.

I do wish to write more about a proposal to require the men and women in Congress to wear NASCAR-like jumpsuits while on the floors of the House and Senate. The decal patches advertising their corporate and special interest sponsors would be in a size that is proportionate to the campaign contributions or other gifts and perks that they accept. Let us see which politician wears the largest British Petroleum patch. Who gets the most money from the makers of Viagra? Who will be wearing the Citi Bank logo? Will Candice Miller (Republican MI-10) be sporting a large patch from one of the trucking companies that have funded her re-election campaign? Who will be wearing Tom DeLay’s Trim Pac decals?

I would like to support the politician that proudly wears a suit devoid of decals. A politician that only accepts limited contributions from his or her constituents would be a Godsend.

Candice Miller (MI-10) is supposed to work for me and my neighbors – not the pharmaceutical companies, big oil, the banking and credit card industry, or transportation companies. The folks in Huron, Sanilac, and St. Clair Counties deserve her complete and undivided attention. And, yes, that small bit of Macomb County (Harrison Township?) that was made a part of the 10th Congressional District so Ms. Miller could be a resident/candidate, should share a proportionate amount of her time.

Anyway, I have to take a break. I will be back as soon as I am able to think clearly and use a laptop or sit behind my desk. I am having an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion sometime on Friday. My good doctor will make an incision in my throat, remove two bad cervical disks, insert bone grafts, and use a metal plate and some screws to hold me together while the cervical bones fuse.

I have been living with chronic pain for over 8 years. I bought teaching service time from the State of Michigan so I could retire early with a full pension rather than a reduced medical pension. I couldn’t teach with pain or with the medications required to ease that pain.

A few short weeks ago, an orthopedic surgeon offered me hope that I would have some relief from my daily discomfort. So, off I go to William Beaumont Hospital on Friday.

After a one or two night stay, I will be recovering at home. My companion (of 16 years), our three cats (Fergie, Diana, and Jadzia Dax), my family, and my friends will take good care of me throughout my recuperation.

I will be back.