Monday, January 02, 2006

VNS Here we come...

After much though and extensive research, I have decided to have the VNS device implanted. I will be getting Model 102. Surgery is scheduled for January 12th. Lots of news to follow... as I plan to blog my experiences with getting the device implanted and it's effects over time.

3 comments:

Rusty said...

GOOD NEWS SCOTT. Hope the surgery goes well and the device works wonderfully. MOM

Emeriol said...

Thanks! Wish me well! In a few days I'll be posting on the "unexplained deaths" percentages with VNS. Epileptics have a higher rate of unexplained deaths than the general population. People with VNS implants also have a higher rate of unexplained deaths.... but no higher than epileptics. More to come...

Bruce Thomson said...

Good luck with the operation, Scott. I'm an NZ penpal of your mother Kathy's, and read your blog with interest. Fascinating pic of the cross-section of your head. Amazing. Also interesting to muse about strategies for dealing with disorientating losses of consciousness. At age 57 I find my memory does that a bit anyway, so I record things, leave things where I'll encounter them, etc. Not much gain from dwelling on the unexplained deaths - once your gone there's no hassles at all.You might as well dwell instead on enjoying what you can of the life you have. I was on tegretol in 1969 when I was hospitalized for serious depression. Got off it after a while. 'Hate to think what it did to me, but I'm still alive and okay now. I wonder if you've experiemented with meditation. I read a book by a Doc. called Herbert Benson. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0380006766/002-6077523-2532014?v=glance&n=283155 It took all the superstitious mumbo-jumbo out of transcendental meditation, making the thing pallitable for me. I did it a lot, getting into distinctly altered states, with lots of interesting physical and mental outcomes. Dunno what it would do for you (better, no change or worse), but it's an option to play with if you want to play with options. It takes about 20 minutes to get 'there', and you may not achieve it first time. I still do it occasionally. 'Very good blog. Cheers, Bruce Thomson, Wellington, New Zealand bthomson@e3.net.nz