As a child I don’t remember the times that that I was sick.
One of the funniest stories I’ve ever heard was one that my Dad told me.
He had gone hunting and came home and I was laying on the couch. I had just gotten a haircut. It was a crew cut and I had come down with a case of the the mumps! My father said I looked like fire hydrant just laying there as sick as can be.
He was concerned but there was nothing he could do. I still laugh when he tells that story.
I’ve had all of your normal illnesses and I don’t really get sick that often but when I do I get really sick!
When I was in high school I wasn’t feeling well. I got really stiff and thought it was the flu. I started to worry when I couldn’t move real well. So my my mother took me to the doctor. I couldn’t move my head and it felt like my body was paralyzed. I had the worst stiff neck and every time I tried to move it was painful.
The doctor told my mom to take me to the emergency room. I couldn’t sit down because it hurt so bad. They ran all kinds of tests and x-rays and what they finally did was a spinal tap. Once they did a spinal tap it was confirmed I had spinal encephalitis.
Spinal encephalitis is not contagious but spinal meningitis is.
I was given antibiotics and painkillers and left the hospital after a week.
Two years later I was I got sick again and I had the same thing!
This time I was in hospital for two weeks and had 14 spinal taps!
A year to the day after that I was in the hospital again what they thought was the same thing was a extremely bad case of flu and I was in hospital for a week.
During my junior year of high school my stomach was always hurting. My father took me to the doctor and they recommended that I get a barium enema. It’s just like a colonoscopy but they use barium to line your colon to see what might be wrong. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is where you have pockets in your colon and seeds, nuts and other things can get trapped and you get an infection. 30 years later I had another attack of diverticulitis and it was probably as painful as a spinal tap.
Other injuries I’ve had were:
I broke my wrist delivering newspapers.
I broke my fingers while driving my bike because I ran into the back of a parked car cause I wasn’t watching where I was going.
I broke my thumb when I was skiing trying to show off.
I got stitches in my ear because I was in a brick fight.
I had stitches in my finger when I had a tumor in it, twice.
The worst injury of all was a herniated disc in my back. I have no idea how it happened but the way noticed it was one day as I was coughing I tried to stand up and couldn’t. I walked like Tim Conway for two years and was in constant state of misery while the Navy was trying to diagnose the problem. Finally one of my good friends recommended a set of x-rays. Not that this hadn’t been done before but this time he took them at a different angle then before and there it was, my herniated L-4 L-5 disk. I flew to Naples, Italy and this time I pointed this out to the Dr. and finally received an MRI and two years later I had surgery.
They replaced my herniated disc with an artificial disc. It made of titanium and teflon and it’s called the Charite artificial disk.