On the mend…..

cropped-cropped-kfb-bow-tieThis site has been in free-fall for a month now, since I opted to have a procedure done on my spine to alleviate a constriction in the spinal column. This contemplates opening up the spine with a carving knife and then taking a Dremel bit and grinding off part of the knots in the spinal column so brainwaves, if any, can travel up and down from my noggin to my feet. Then the whole thing is sewed up with 34 staples, I regain conciousness, and pay the girl on the way out. Fortunately, I’m sedated during the process.

But it hurts. A tip of the hat here to Dr. Perry at SpineNevada, who orchestrated the whole three hours masterfully. I’d send a friend back, which is a sign of huge appreciation.

Now I’m feeling the urge to write something – the six-year-old kid on his bike – stories of Reno and Sparks back in the day – or now a few hilarious anecdotes about hospitals and those who moil in them, and a couple of true stories about HIPAA and its ramifications – the bad guys don’t need to bomb our motherland; we’ll do it to ourselves sooner than later, with privacy.

The message is, come back and see me in a few days. And don’t pay the ransom, I escaped. signed, Karl Breckenridge AKA Ten-twenty-nineteen-forty-one. The drive-by writer with little spring in his step nor glide in his stride. But that’s coming back also…










15 thoughts on “On the mend…..

  1. Wow, you were put through the wringer. David has those issues, but at his age, they didn’t recommend he proceed with the surgery. So he is dealing with the pain and really doing okay. Looking forward to more antics from earlier times in Reno/Sparks, the best of times (?). Pam


    • Didn’t know Dave was a candidate for it, I was almost deemed too old also but got in under a wire. Been doing stupid stuff – (e.g. Ginsberg) – ever since the anaesthetic, never again. Love to you both…KB

  2. Wow Karl, didn’t know you had this procedure, doesn’t sound neat at all. Glad you are healing up hope it gets better quickly. Norm

  3. Hi Karl, Glad to hear you’re recovering well. Gives me hope, as I’m almost ready for Dr. Perry. Now you’ll know where you’re going. (Feet-head). HA. BTW: It’s HIPAA. Take it from an old insurance guy that has dealt with this ad nauseum for years.Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act. Even people in the medical field don’t get it right, but they will enforce it with their dying breath. 60th Reunion year. Can you believe it!   Saw Ron Haines at Washoe GC Sat. and got a call from Dr. Beale last night. I’m making this one…I hope! Michael


  4. I hope you’re doing better by now. My wife had an operation to fuse some neck discs by the same doctors, Abdener in her case. She feels better now than she has in 30 years. They really know what they’re doing, good luck, Rich.

  5. Glad you had it done old friend. Hope you will have that spring in your step again as soon as you get through your recovery.

  6. I hope you’re healing well and quickly! I also really hope you continue to find the energy and motivation to keep up this wonderful site! I am a Reno native, and my mother was born and raised in Dayton, but my family moved to the San Francisco area in 1960, when I was about eight years old. I’ve loved living here until recent years (the SF Bay Area is not as enjoyable as it used to be!) and I’ve contemplated moving back to Reno. I love reliving my early memories through your writings. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.

    • Sheila, many thanks – I look forward to getting back into a routine, and I thank you for the kind words about the column, if that it be. We gave up on the Bay Area (mostly SF Marina!) several years ago.. thanks for writing, see you back here soon! KB

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