What's The Matter With Me? Podcast

I have multiple sclerosis, trigeminal neuralgia and I made this podcast to share what I’m going through.

Tuesday Appointment

Tuesday Appointment
  • KFJC fundraiser begins today
  • My kids are with my mom and my stepdad Dave
  • Yesterday I sent some hot sauce to a new local account
  • I’m going to have a video meeting with my neurologist on Tuesday

JOHN HOPPIN: Yes. Thank you for tuning into the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast. My name is John. I’m 41 years old, a husband, father of two, small business owner, radio DJ, podcaster, and I have multiple sclerosis, so I made this podcast to share what I’m going through.

You probably have noticed I’ve been using sound beds, like the sounds of traffic and a fan. I’ve been using weird sounds because I’m recording all of these episodes on my phone. The power button on my computer is broken and my computer is in the shop. So I have to record this all on my phone and then I put it together on the laptop. So I’ve been putting sound beds. They’re like ambient sound beds and sound effects underneath these episodes for kind of no reason, but I hope you enjoy it. It’s kind of pleasant. It scratches some itch. Check it out. I’m going to put the sound effect right here.

sound of a dog barking

All right, you like that? I thought so.

I’ve got a lot to talk about today. Let’s see, the KFJC fundraiser begins today. My kids are with my mom and my stepdad, Dave. Yesterday, I delivered a case of hot sauce to a new account in Campbell and I’d sent some other ones. I’m going to have a video meeting with my neurologist on Tuesday. Okay, so we got a lot to cover. Let’s get started. Thanks for tuning in to the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast. Old episodes are on whatsthematterwithme.org and on Apple Podcasts and wherever you listen to podcasts.

The KFJC fundraiser begins today. This year, I did not do a lot of vocal acting, even though I read you those scripts that I wrote. Now, other people acted them out and read them. I just read them to you to show you that I’m writing.

This year I focused more on writing and I did some production. I produced a spot based on a script that I read in the last episode. Do you remember I read something about your participation is not required? Check it out. It’s in the last episode. I contacted a fellow DJ, another DJ at this station, named Phil Phactor. I contacted him and he read this script into his phone and sent it back to me just like I asked him. It’s cool, the internet power of things. So I sent him the script. He read it, he sent it back to me. It sounded good so I put him in a bowling alley, a couple of sound effects, but the bowling alley, it’s for an American Gothic vibe. So I’m going to play it now for you.

HIL PHACTOR: In our society, everything is fine. We are free. We are safe. We grow and prosper and we all take part equally. Each person has a voice and none goes unheard. Leadership has our best interest in mind. The best things are the most popular. They are worth the most money. Everything is taken care of. That’s why there is absolutely no need to support a not for profit broadcast FM radio station by donating online at kfjc.org. Your participation is not required.

JOHN HOPPIN: Okay, so fundraiser at KFJC is happening now. You can find all about it, kfjc.org. But I just wanted to share that with you and that’s my creative thing. So many shout outs to Phil Phactor, much love from Hemroid The Leader to Phil Phactor.

My kids are at my mom’s house and my stepdad, Dave. They’re over there and they take them Fridays after school and return them Saturday after lunch. We’re all under a lot of stress right now. I’m sure you guys are the same. It’s really helpful to break up our family even if it’s just for one day a week, because I mean, we’re all on top of each other, and just one day a week with some different faces is a relief and so I’m so thankful for help from my family.

So, I do things for myself. Yesterday, I delivered a case of hot sauce to a new account in Campbell called the Cedar Room. It’s like a restaurant and bar next to the movie theaters in a place called The Pruneyard. They were thinking about using it on chicken wings. That’s what the chef told me, Jeremy. I talked with him about, we spoke about how my Hoppin Hot Sauce contained smoked chiles and it was fun to talk to sell a little bit in person. That’s a rare pleasure nowadays to tell someone, “Hey, this sauce is good.” It was fun. I also shipped a couple of cases across the country to Kittery, Maine to a cool boutique store called Folk run by a friend of mine, Emilia. Kittery, Maine is across a bridge from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

I’m going to have a video meeting with my neurologist on Tuesday. I’ve come way down on pain medication and I think I’m experiencing increased spasticity as a result. My arm is all curled up at night, bent like an L and my fingers in a fist, and I’m sweating in the morning. One thing I’m doing is I’m switching my pain medication. Right now I take it all in the morning. So I’m spacing it out over the day. I’m going to take it in the morning and afternoon and bedtime. So every morning, I’m experiencing a runny nose, but like a faucet. I have to run to the bathroom and blow out like a massive clear mucus.

Just maybe spacing out my medication over the day will relieve some of the spasticity in the morning because it will kind of keep me on a more measured dose and I’m excited to hear what my doctor thinks on Tuesday. He’s my MS neurologist. I do a meeting with him I think every year or every six months and it’s going to be a video telemedicine appointment. I’ve never had that before. I’m not really sure what to expect. We will see. So anyway, wish me luck with the doctor’s on Tuesday.

Thanks for tuning into the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast. All of the episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Whatsthematterwithme.org, and wherever you want to listen to podcasts, it’s in there. What’s The Matter With Me? is in there. Just tell your digital assistant to play What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast and it will do it. That’s one thing we’ve all figured out. Just tell it, play the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast. You can even tell it like crazy stuff, you can go like, “Play the most recent episode,” or stuff. The thing is a computer that thinks. Oh my goodness. Thank you for tuning into the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast. I’ll see you next time.


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