A Real Pain in the Neck

The pain began in my thumbs, as if I’d hit each of them with a hammer a few days before. Within a few days, I noticed a tingling in my hands. I assumed that I’d pinched a nerve in my wrists when I increased weights at the gym.

But then I woke up one night with tingling in my right foot. By the time my internist could see me, I was experiencing intermittent pin-pricks in on the right side of my face and neck and my right ear. Sometimes my scalp on the ride side would tingle, or even hurt.

Usually it was a nuisance, and occasionally it was debilitating.

Three rounds of blood tests, an ultrasound and an MRI ruled out everything from iron poisoning, diabetic neuropathy to MS, so I was sent to a neurologist.

The neurologist put me through another series of tests and another MRI.

By the way, did you know MRIs are awful? They pound you with Teslas, and I found it to be painful, in my scalp and neck, elbows and hands. The first MRI I had done involved dye, so they could try to find out what was wrong with my brain. The nurses had a lot of trouble with the dye because my veins had collapsed from all of the blood that had been drawn over the previous few days.

I’m not sure what is worse…lying in a cramped MRI machine having a million-dollar coil fling her magnetic curses at you for … Read the rest

We’re 0-2 with the Tobins

On Saturday, Bishop Tobin of Providence, RI, reminded Catholics via Twitter not to participate in Gay Pride marches, which is about the most non-controversial thing a Catholic could say.

Yesterday, through an official diocesan statement, he apologized and was praying for their activities to be ‘productive’ (I doubt the chancery queens intended the irony).

Can there be any doubt why, with cowardly leaders like this, there is a vocations crisis? (Providence has just 12 seminarians in a diocese of 670,000 Catholics!! That’s a decline of 98% compared to 60 years ago, if you’re wondering).

What straight young man would look up from the pews and, gazing upon his Bishop, say to himself, “I want to learn what is right, and how to quickly apologize to the mob for saying it”.… Read the rest