Next week, I’ve been invited to participate in a one week double blind test that may help eliminate head nerve pain. They’ve been conducting the test for a couple of years and it has been showing positive results. Though the tests have been ongoing, still the population of participants is not great enough for conclusive evidence.
All I’ve got to do is submit to having electrodes taped to my head for 20 minutes. Then they run battery stimulated currents through them. So far, there’s been no negative side effects. Only positive.
I’ve had to keep a simple diary this week and next as well. Not a tough investment. I’m secretly hoping that it will help get rid of the ringing. At times it feels like there is a xylophone in my head. And the bonur is that they will pay me 40 bucks a day. That’s 200 smackers for the week. That’ll keep my 3G service going for a few more months so I can continue this blog. And if I find out after that I was unlucky enough to have received the placebo, then I’m allowed to return anytime within six months for the real version without cost. Not a bad deal, if it shows results. At this point, as delicate as the head is, I’ll try almost anything.
On the nugget front, I’m happy to report that in the last couple of days, I’ve been able to chew some soft foods, well watered down with an appropriate wetting agent. For example, last night I cut up some sautéed broccoli into very small bits and then dipped them into broth soup to help it go down. This morning, some coffee cake sufficiently dunked in coffee. It’s not much, but it is headway. I’m attributing that to the ulcer that seems to have gotten better from GV’s consistent footwork.
As I write this sitting along the Hudson River as we picnic at the Chelsea pier park, I’m watching a father and his little son kick a ball to each other. The son can’t be older than three years old. The next kick by the father goes wild into the bushes and the father says to the son, “you know why that happened? Because you weren’t paying attention.” Now that I’d call double blind.