Beginner's Mind

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Breakfast Cereal Body Parts

Well, and I said earlier, I have some discs in my spine that look like soggy Cheerios. Tomorrow morning (Monday the 19th) I will have surgery to get it fixed. Though I will be sleeping through the process, the surgeon estimates the procedure will take about two hours. Then I'll have a couple of hours in the recovery room. Then I go home.

Yup, that's right outpatient surgery to rebuild part of a spine!

Then I have three weeks of lots of rest. But it may take awhile before I get back on this box to tell you how it goes (it will take a few days at least).

Remember, my headaches have mostly disappeared while I've have this problem. Perhaps they still won't come back after the surgery.

So, I would be most grateful if you could mention me in your prayers, or dedicate some time to me during your tonglen. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Technical Difficulties (note the plural use of the second word)

After playing merry-go-round with Blogger/Google, and combatting the evil Bill Gates and his software, I'm finally able to fill you in on why I haven't been around. Most of you know I've had problems with migraines. Now I seem to be having spinal problems. For those of you who understand anatomy, the discs in my lumbar region have turned to soggy Cheerios, and the first sacral disc has decided to join in.

To make a long story short, it is very painful for me to sit for very long. I can stand for a longer time, can get around with a cane, and if I prop the proper parts of my body I can lay down.

As you can guess, this has wrecked my tennis game ("Another ace! Whoo-hooo!").

So if I'm slow in answering e-mail, sorry, please be patient with me.