Microdiscectomy

“Discectomy is surgery to remove lumbar herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. It tends to be done as microdiscectomy, which uses a special microscope to view the disc and nerves. This larger view allows the surgeon to use a smaller cut (incision).”

I’ve written before about issues with my lower back. It all started with a herniated disc pressing on my spinal cord and giving me nerve pain, the worse pain there is.

Well, this year, a new MRI showed that the disc was ruptured and there was material and pieces of the disc in the spinal canal, between the nerve root and the spinal cord. According to most doctors I visited (orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons mainly) it was a textbook operable case.

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The Great Return [From Greece to Great Britain]

Some of you may have read about my Great Escape [From Great Britain to Greece].  Many people had various questions about it, but the one question that kept repeating was simple: “How did you come back?”

And then I thought, that there was some space for a story about it, since it was a challenge for me.

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The Great Escape [From Great Britain to Greece]

Many of you might have seen the famous classic film “The Great Escape” where Steve McQueen tries to escape from Nazi captivity by using a Triumph motorbike, trying to reach the neutral Swiss border. It is a great film and I suggest you see it if you haven’t done so already.

My “Great Escape” is a bit different. It is a trip on a motorbike, but I am not on the run from any Nazis. It is still a Great Escape from routine and everyday life. It is a nice adventure and some time in complete solitude and maybe take some important decisions for the future.

So the plan is to travel from London, Great Britain, to Thessaloniki, Greece. If you are still intrigued to know details, carry on reading…

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ZEP Kissos

If you live in Thessaloniki and near Hortiatis, there is a chance that you know what ZEP Kissos was meant to be.

For all other people, including me, when I first saw the half completed road works, it reminded me of an abandoned military station in Afghanistan or project Dharma from Lost. So, I was really intrigued about it and I searched to find what was true about this ghost village.

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Greek Dilemma

I am following the news the last days, to try and form an opinion about what is going to happen with Greece.

I was expecting a deal to happen last week, but to my surprise everything went belly up when the prime minister decided to throw a referendum to the Greek people, and then the European Central Bank decided to stop liquidity to the Greek banks, causing the Greek government to shut down the banks and enforce capital control to prevent a bank run and a financial collapse.

Now, I find this referendum out of order for the simple reason that both choices (at least in my opinion) are bad.

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NHS in Shambles – Is Privatisation a Demonisation?

After three years in the UK, I needed to use the National Health System. I’ve got a really bad lower back pain after lifting my motorbike to put it in a van. The reason why I did that is another story, but it was stupid and the damage is done.

So, in the beginning, I just innocently thought it will go away after a few days, because I thought I was young and strong but this illusion faded away completely when I saw myself in the mirror and realised I couldn’t even stand straight.

All the muscles in my back went to spasm to protect me from snapping in two, it seems.

And so let the NHS saga begin.

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Motion Detection Surveillance System with raspberry pi

One of these days, the disc brake lock of my bike couldn’t unlock. My first thought was that somebody tried to steal the bike. Probably this isn’t the case, but I took some immediate measures to restore my inner peace again.

I used to have a windows laptop running yawcam (Yet Another Webcam Software) and recording images when motion was detected. But this laptop is now dead and I don’t use Windows at all anymore, so I had to find a Linux equivalent.

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Motorbike Trip to Ireland

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new motorbike. It is a fz6 fazer 2009 s2. It is a wonderful bike, very versatile, fast, fun, perfect for being your weekend toy as well as your means of comfortable commuting around London. Don’t forget though, it is a sports touring bike, mine came with a full fairing, which means you can travel many miles without fighting the elements of nature alone. So far, I did around 300 miles a day and I could do a lot more.

Yamaha Fazer FZ6 2009 S2

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