21 (Thu) January 2016
at The Corner Kitchen
with DJ, IZ, and Dad
Emergency Sick Leave, Day 3 (see previously 7.015 Tuna Sandwich).
In Seoul. Arrived last Wednesday on a mission. Injured my back over the weekend (see generally 7.011 Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza). Staying in town for treatment. Return to Manila unknown.
Although we’d eaten at The Corner Kitchen less than a week ago (see most recently 7.010 Cotto Prosciutto Insalata Pizza), the kids needed haircuts, and W likes the shop in our old neighborhood, two buildings down from the restaurant — even as I recover from a severe back injury, W dispatches me on errands.
Anticipating that a private spinal hospital would push aggressive intervention, I opted to get a first opinion from former colleagues in the neurosurgery department at Ajou University. The MRI, taken on Monday (see generally 7.013 Mandu), revealed displaced vertebra resulting in a herniated disk with impingement of the sciatic nerve. Seeing that I could move somewhat after just a few days of the episode, the doctor simply recommended bed rest for a couple weeks with anti-inflammatory medication. He strongly advised that I lose weight and strengthen my core to prevent the condition from getting worse. Thanks, doc.