Quick Updates

I have never been this long without posting a blog since first starting this blog! I miss it greatly. I have six blog articles in development, so expect more soon. 

The lack of blogging is related to a number of things.

I’ve been having a great deal of pain in both hands–everyday tasks are difficult. And today I learned that I’ll be having surgery #7 in May. 😦 There is another tumor that needs to be removed. I’ve also had a number of the worst migraines in memory. 

There have been a number of family emergencies over the past two months, too.

This semester I’m also busy teaching! Being at the University of Houston full-time continues to be a blast. This semester I’m teaching two sections of Introduction to GLBT/Queer Studies, one section of First Year Writing, and one section of a new course, Atheists, Other “Heathens,” and 20th C. United States. Course preparation and grading keeps me busy! I’ve also been working on various details for a big, special event at UH this April: We’re bringing Dr. Aaron Alon’s musical/film Bully to campus (details here and here from my previous posts). 

I also just finished writing a book chapter/article on the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which will be published in 2019 or 2020. The article came to 8,087 words and 27 pages.

I must run for now. I need to dry my clothes, grade some papers, and get ready for tomorrow! Dr. Trevor Lovejoy is not pleased that I’m so busy lately. (You can like his Facebook page here.)

More soon.

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda

Categories: Thoughts and Perspectives


2 replies

  1. Glad you have some level of distraction from the pain. I, too have been in excruciating pain as I discovered that iron, tin and platinum, in very high concentrations, were coming out of the patella and some tarsal bones. So far the pain is below screamng level, but barely. I had to endure 3 days of terrible pain this weekend until I finally discovered which bones had the toxins. Once I did, I could stop the outflow, and start the long haul of sequestering the toxins where they escaped, repair the removal routes, remove the toxins, and then repair all the affected tissues. The pain continues through the entire process until most big repairs are done.

    Healing is painful, I discovered. It often involves the process of resetting nervous innervation which is painful by itself. Again, I found that I needed a lot of lithium to stop the muscle and joint pain. That means sticking my finger into a jar of tomato sauce, soy sauce or barbecue sauce that uses it, or dark molasses (e.g. Grandma’s) and licking it off. This keeps the flow to a tiny amount and separated out from each lick by a few seconds. It slowly gets rid of the pain. But that is useful for only toxins that include iron, tin, and/or zinc but not every case.

    Physiologists discovered years ago that metals irritate nerves. In lab, when they have to dissect out nerve endings in surgery on a rabbit or cat, they use glass probes to clean off the connective tissue. Otherwise, muscles get very jumpy and nerves often just die during the surgery. So I wonder if some of your surgery involved using metal instruments that damaged the nerves? They will grow back but when there is repeated surgery, there may be too much scar tissue that impedes that healing, often causing the surgeon to revert to metal instruments where they should not be.

    I am amazed when I get an image come to mind and realize what it is of. When I do, often the problem then heals itself. But that takes a lot of practice of mindfulness. And, of course, since I am an anatomist, many images of what structures look like in the cadaver. The brainstem is great in sending you a unique image to show you what the problem is, without understanding that problem itself. The image doesn’t come directly from the regions where concepts are stored, but in more creative areas of the midbrain (yes they are there, not necessarily in the neocortex). When you get an image, your conscious brain then figures out what it means. This makes the unconscious brainstem happy, happy, happy, with a much better outcome than if you just ignored the image.

    So if you are not an anatomist the brainstem might send you some image that “stands for” the damaged structures. So you have to become adept in recognizing the abstracted images the brain sends you. That comes with practicing mindfulness, and really helps if you have learned how to use muscle reflex/response testing to ask questions, and have learned to wait for the brainstem to send you some words, when you don’t know what questions to ask.

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  2. We are all grateful for the update, I am sure.

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