Happy Tuesday everyone! It is just a gloriously beautiful day here in central Pennsylvania!! The sun is shining and the birds are chirping! Could it be that Spring is coming? Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. I wonder if Phil will see his shadow? He is wrong two-thirds of the time, so I guess it really doesn't matter. Folk-lore. Interesting. My father was actually born in Punxsutawney. I guess I am one of the few people who can actually spell the name of this town correctly without having to look it up! Punxsutawney is an Indian word, my father told me...it means something about desert or sand gnats. That is all I remember. So, if Phil sees his shadow we have six more weeks of winter. This tradition started with the Pennsylvania Dutch, in this country anyway. I know it goes back even further, though. My father is part Pennsylvania Dutch. I found this early saying by the Pennsylvania Dutch on the internet:
If the sun shines on Groundhog Day,
Half the fuel and half the day.
Very few still believe Phil is a good prognosticator of weather and yet tens of thousands congregate at Gobbler's Knob every year - A fun tradition for an interesting, little town!
So, I went to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore yesterday to see my neurologist. My Dad and I did some calculating and it turns out that I have been making a trip to Baltimore about every five weeks. I think I am on trip number 26, or something around there. I was discussing my numb tongue with him. It hasn't gone away. Actually, it is just the right side of my tongue right now. He wants to give me an MRI with and without contrast and a flow study to see how my cerebral spinal fluid is moving around my brain and around the surgery spot I had done where my chiari malformation is at the bottom of my skull/top of my spine. I know, sounds kind of complicated. What it means for me is another trip to Baltimore on Thursday. These trips take on average 12 - 15 hours. The day is such a long day. Nerves get frazzled. Bodies hurt. I am so, so grateful that my father can take me. He is such a trooper!! Thanks, Dad, for all you do!! He is 76 and is so much more energetic than I am and has so much more patience. I don't know how he does it! I will let everyone know how my tests turn out. Oh, I am bringing my camera on Thursday and Krissy is coming as well, it looks like, so we can both take some fun and interesting pictures, so hopefully you can se what a day is like for me when I go!
I will leave you with a joke that I thought was pretty funny and now I am off to take a nap because I lost so much sleep and I am achey from yesterday's trip. Be good to one another and Happy Groundhog Day!!