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JimBob, you're one tough old buzzard! And being one myself, I mean that in the nicest of ways.
Just remember, you are the boss, it's your body and you are the one with most at stake, so by my calculations that makes you the final decision maker.You may or may not want my opinion, but here it is anyway. I like to try the path of least resistance (or least invasion in this case) first. Your younger neurologist may be eager to prove what he can do with his surgical skills, but your older neurosurgeon has experience on his side, and when it comes to surgery I'll take experience over eagerness any day. So basically, I agree with your thoughts.
Were you not properly informed of options and risks before the pump was put in?
Funny you mention Buddhism, because much that I've read about it is aligned with my spiritual beliefs. I'll share with you an "unscientific" technique that may help. I used it to help a friend who had quadruple bypass surgery and to the astonishment of her surgeon, she had no pain afterward. I used it for my own surgery, wheeled in at noon and sitting up eating a roast beef dinner by 5pm, with very little pain.It's visualization, but in addition, you "talk" to your body so it knows what to expect on a cellular intelligence level. I imagine the whole process, from being wheeled in to being wheeled out of surgery in vivid detail. If I need more information about the process or anatomical pictures or equipment pictures, I get them. Then I can see the whole process clearly and "see" everything going just right. While I'm visualizing the process, I'm talking to my body and explaining the whole process and telling my body that it is beneficial for my body and me. I'm not actually talking out loud, just saying the words in my head along with the visualization. What the heck? Athletes visualize and it works for them. And you can reference the work of Dr. Deepak Chopra for info on cellular intelligence. I'm still sending you good energy JimBob, because you deserve good health.
Looking forward to your snide, rude, pithy remarks.Donnah
G'day JimBob me old matey! Long time no speak. Hope you are doing well.
Awesome! You can use visualization to speed healing. Close your eyes and send sparks of electricity traveling down the nerve lines, all the way to your toes.