Sinus Surgery in my future?

I had a CT scan a few days ago as a follow-on to a comment made by a technician who reviewed the brain MRI taken after my bicycle accident last year.

The MRI cuts through your head at such an angle that it misses a good portion of the sinuses, but the tech noticed that what he could see seemed pretty occluded.

So, around a year later due to timing, changing jobs and getting health insurance set up properly again I finally get the CT scan done to check out the sinuses and my doctor called me to tell me he was pretty shocked to see how blocked up all the sinuses are.

One of my friends has recently had sinus surgery for a different reason so I’m going to pick his brain the next time I see him, but if you’ve had it, what’s been your experience?

My driving motivation is that I’ve been pretty “heavy headed” for a long time now. We’ve been treating it as if the associated lethargy was possibly infection or allergy related. It seems almost a relief to finally have a reason for just wanting to sleep during my free time.

The prognosis of surgery may be premature, I still need to see a specialist (I’ll be calling on Tuesday to set this up) but I’m very much looking forward to progress and “lightening up”.

 

Posted under Medicine

This post was written by Marc
on May 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

How life enhancing is being open to change and reality?

This is a topic for which libraries full of books have been written. It has no simple explanation, nor a simple solution. People, society are complicated – and wonderfully so.

I was musing this morning that the source of so much conflict in our day to day lives stem from unvalidated and distorted perceptions of reality.

Everybody has a perception of reality that is slightly different than the next person and almost certainly flawed in some way. Often it manifests itself as the belief that “People / situations should behave or be this way” and it is incredibly distressing when a situation is encountered which does not conform to this perception. We have to leave our comfort zones in order to accommodate the reality with which we are confronted.

I believe healthy people are able to subtly adjust their world views based on experience and that folks who steadfastly refuse to accommodate the world as it exists enter into a spiral of conflict and distress that eventually consumes them.

A simple example are landscape planners. Have you ever walked up to a building and saw that, although there was a walkway leading up from the sidewalk, there were also paths of tramped-down grass cutting diagonally across the lawn leading to the entryway? Someone had a vision of how the front yard should be used and did not consider how folks would really use it.
What is the rational solution here? Should hedges be planted? Should “Keep off the Grass” signs be erected? What have you seen in your travels?
I have heard of a brilliant landscape planner that really didn’t know what to expect so he waited several months before finalizing the design and then simply ensured pathways were created where he saw folks were actually coming across the property. Folks use the property in a way that is convenient for them and their use can be incorporated into the design. This must surely be more attractive an option, and less frustrating for all, than muddy footpaths cutting throughout the property.

But what if your view of the world involves thoughts that are overly simplistic and you refuse to acknowledge or accept that the world is more complicated than that?

What if you are Howard Hughes and can’t accept that the world and especially the human body, was never meant to be absolutely sterile? How do you deal with that?

What if you feel that each person is unique and that the loss of all those experiences and personality to death would be unacceptable? How do you deal with the loss of a loved one? What if the universe does not cater to your ideal?

What if you feel that there is an underlying “fairness” to the universe and yet your house is flooded and destroyed by a storm? How do you deal with something that so fundamentally flies in the face of your world view?

What kind of person does it take to accept such realities, roll with them and move on to continue to grow and flourish? What kind of person collapses under these realities?

Posted under Metaphysics, Opinions, Seeking Insight

This post was written by Marc
on May 14, 2011 at 11:43 am

SunTrust joining the Evil League of Bank of America?

Hmmm… just saw that SunTrust has decided to try charging me a $9.95 monthly fee. No notification, no warning, it’s just there on my Quicken transaction list.

If you have a SunTrust account check and make sure they are not pulling a fast one on you too.

This sort of thing I’d expect from BofA, they exist solely to screw over their customers, but I’m very surprised to see this sort of sneakiness from SunTrust.

** Followup ** 5/9/2011

I spoke to a manager at the PC Banking service center and we got this straightened out.

Apparently there was a “sweep” done of all existing accounts to find ones that weren’t being charged but should have been. It *does* worry me somewhat that my bank is starting to look for sources of income like this.
Stand strong SunTrust! Nickel and Diming is BofA’s strategy. You’ve stood apart by being much more customer centric than other banks in my experience. Please don’t let that focus slip!

** End Followup **
** Followup ** 5/14/2011

Huh, turns out they lied. Just checked my account and nothing was done. I’ll need to follow up during the week. Thank you SunTrust for wasting my time like this.
If I do not get satisfaction I will switch over to a local credit union. You’d think the banks would try harder in this day and age…

** End Followup **

** Followup ** 5/18/2011

Called the Personal Banking number (1-800-786-8787) yesterday and found that there were notes on my account but they hadn’t been acted upon.
This was dealt with and this morning I see that all looks well. Hopefully I won’t have to revisit this.

** End Followup **

Posted under General

This post was written by Marc
on May 7, 2011 at 8:18 am

Simple, elegant Orrery

This is a nice orrery, I like the cool ability to shift between Copernican and (insane!) Tychonian renditions.

Check it out here:

Posted under Astronomy, Science, Very Cool

This post was written by Marc
on May 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm