Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Possible last China post

Still having many issues with ATG (All Things Google), so I may not be
able to post again from China.

However, it is worth noting that I have tickets in hand that have me
arriving in MSP on Monday. As in NEXT Monday, March 21.

My acupuncture AND herb doctors are both taking well deserved vacation
starting the 20th, and instead of one week of new practitioners
getting to know my body and messing with well tuned herbs -- we talked
about it and agreed that I'm stable and time is right to go.

So, I'm going to leave here Saturday -- spend a few days in Shanghai
with Greg Sergi and fly out Monday morning arriving in MSP on Monday
morning. Longest morning of my life - no doubt, but full of
anticipation and excitement.

If I can tame blogger I may get one more post -- but if not, I'll
cover the Black Bone Chicken, Transportation and full Retrospective
once I'm on frozen 612 tundra.

Apologies in advance if this post is janky -- I'm posting via email.

My early return is a surprise for Grace (she has been asking for just
such a surprise) -- so keep it from small ears.

Can't wait to be home, I'm giddy like an 8 year old on Christmas Eve.



Thursday, March 10, 2011

And... we're back

First, dear reader, accept my apologies for being so late with a new post. There have been some technical difficulties (that still remain) with Google (search, email, chat, blogs) from China. I don't believe it is all China blocking Google, as my other work arounds don't seem to resolve the problems. I know Google has had some state-side issues as well in the last few weeks so I'm guessing it's a perfect storm of technical mayhem.

I have also increased exercise, research and social time. The end result is lack of updates here. Not to worry, all is well -- and I have a few posts waiting in the wings.

I purchased a 2nd hand bicycle and have had the chance to ride quite a bit while the weather has been nice. I've also been on a number of long walks back into the countryside which has been a serene experience.

Treatments are going well. My same acupuncturist, Tom, has worked on me for 70 days straight. No weekends, no holidays. He will be going on vacation later this month for a well deserved break. I know at least 3 other patients he works on. Each session takes about 10 minutes to put in the needles and then 30 minutes of sitting with a heat lamp, 5 minutes of removal and then 40 minutes of Twi-Na (medical massage) of my head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands.

Working with Dr Krystal we seemed to have dialed in the herb formula. I still have light muscle-jumping in my right shoulder, triceps and forearm but they are significantly reduced. The tongue and hand atrophy has stabilized -- my speech is still labored and typing with my right hand is a slow process, but no measurable loss in several months. All other symptoms are under control including excess saliva, tongue and cheek biting, dry mouth, choking as well as muscle cramping and heavy spasms. In addition I've not needed to use an inhaler once since I've been here -- even during moderate exercise.

I'm glad I stayed longer, it has given time for my situation to stabilize -- but I am ready to come home. I sure miss my wonderful wife and sweet daughter. I'm ready to howl with the bassets, too!

The construction around the hospital has picked up dramatically. It starts around 7am and can go as late as 2am. Dozens of excavators and dump trucks numbering in the 30's have completely removed 4 large hills and building is happening on all 3 sides. When I arrived the hospital was isolated, by summer's end it will be part of the city.

That is all for now -- just a quick catch-up. More posts on Black Bone Chicken and Transportation in the next few days.