Imagination without reason produces impossible monsters; with reason, it becomes the mother of the arts, and the source of its marvels.Francisco Goya
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In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.Aristotle
When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.Miyamoto Musashi
I visited a pain management clinic on Friday looking for help with my diabetic neuropathy.
If you have never experienced it, neuropathy pain sucks. The nerves in my feet are constantly signaling different kinds of pain. It ranges from shocks to burning, freezing, stabbing and tearing. Since it’s around the clock and constantly changing, there is no way to meditate through it. I can ride out a migraine headache because I know it will end eventually. Neuropathy just keeps on going like a hellish Energizer Bunny.
Medical marijuana has helped, but it is expensive and my insurance will not cover it.
The doctor at the pain clinic recommended a fairly new treatment: neurostimulation. They want to implant electrodes in my back that will change the pain signals traveling up my spine.
I already have my bilateral BAHA implant hearing aids, a ton of metal in my neck and a heart monitor in my chest. Electrodes and other equipment loaded into my back is going to make me feel like Locutus of Banjo.
It is not a hard choice for me. While I dread another round of surgery, I am in too much pain to do nothing. Right now the plan is to go for it. We have already scheduled the tests and imaging work. We still have to work with the insurance to figure out the costs, but like I always say, “Nothing beats a failure but a try!”
Getting ready to run up the road to visit a pain management clinic. Between peripheral neuropathy and migraine headaches I have had a rough summer. I am hoping they can help.
If they can’t help, I will just keep on fighting. I love my work too much to give up.
Speaking of work, I have held off posting a new Banjo Dojo lesson in order to give students a chance to work on the material in the first batch of videos. We will be posting the ninth video soon, beginning a deep dive into melody, harmony and improvisation. It’s gonna be a hoot.
We will be accepting students for private instruction soon. Watch our Patreon page for further announcements.
While we have been banjo-centric lately, that will soon change. I am too busy writing and teaching to take much more on, so we have our pal the mysterious Dobro Libre ready to step in as our resident guitar guru.
Heading out the door now for Salisbury, MD. I will be working on cleaning up the final draft of Just This Banjo over the weekend. Keep on practicing and don’t miss the new Daily Frail series of workshops.
Patrick answers questions.