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.


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What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast

SETTING: Shopping Mall, Spooky Castle, “Run In The Wild” by Hot Mops.

The BAD: Trigeminal Neuralgia came back.


Halloween is coming.


JOHN HOPPIN: What’s the Matter With Me? What’s up? You are tuned into the What’s the Matter With Me? Podcast. It’s the real deal. This is it. I’m inside. I’m in the house.

This is a new jam pumping. I made this, and put it on SoundCloud. It’s called Run in the Wild. I can’t run anywhere. I don’t really have a business making a running song, but I did it anyway. And it’s kind of pointless and meandering, but I made it to relieve stress. That’s how I make this music, and it’s kind of stressed out music.

sound of a shopping mall

Anyway, let’s go into a shopping mall. Man, good to get out of that stressful music scene, and into the shopping mall. Remember going to the shopping mall? We can’t do that, I guess, or we don’t, or maybe people are going, who knows? I’m not going to the shopping mall, I’ll tell you that, even though my doctor said I could maybe survive Coronavirus. Fundamentally, he’s like, “You aren’t at greater risk for hospitalization. In other words, maybe you’ll survive.” It’s the season. Let’s get spooky. Let’s get spooky.

spooky music plays

Yeah. All right. Well, it’s that time. In our family, no one’s giving candy, really. It’s a bummer. Halloween is a bummer for the kids, for sure.

moaning ghoul

Man, that guy was bummed. All those people, they’re bummed out. Anyway, I have good and bad news. That’s what this episode is all about. Things are good and bad. It’s spooky, but it’s good and bad. It’s a mixed bag. A spooky mixed bag.

Okay, so I’ve been trying to update this podcast and record a new episode every week. I just want to record more, but the reason why I couldn’t record an episode is I have had a relapse of trigeminal neuralgia, again. They’ve performed surgery on me. They’ve been inside my cranium with micro machines, doing things twice now, and it came back again. In January is when I had my surgery, or February, my second surgery. And at that time, one of the hardest things was not being personally crushed during the relapse of trigeminal neuralgia, because of how much work I’ve put in to get away from it. And it’s still here, shocking me. Thor’s lightning bolt is shocking me in the face.

spooky sounds

Ooh, spooky, bad. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t eat.

I’ve eaten a liquid dinner for the last three nights. And then before that I couldn’t eat anything. I didn’t brush my teeth that night. Come on, I want to brush my teeth. Personally crushing.

I got in touch with my doctor. I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday, and the doctor said, “Hey, why don’t you switch your medication? You’re on the second line medication, really for no reason.” So I did that. And the last time I felt any pain was five in the morning, this morning. And it was very slight, it was just a little, which is still a lot. It still hurt like these people. I felt like them.

demonic laughter.

I mean, that guy’s laughing about it. I didn’t feel like laughing about it.

But anyhow, I went to the doctor, switched the medication, and that seems like it’s doing the trick. And it’s not the same as it was before the operation. It’s lower. It’s a three or a two, if before it was a 10. So the pain is different, but it’s still just very intense. And it was crushing to have it come back, right? So that is the bad, but it is on a good foot. It’s going somewhere.

I ate oatmeal for breakfast. Last night, they had split pea soup. I wanted to have polenta and mushrooms. I think I could take down some polenta and mushrooms. My mom made shepherd’s pie. And I ate it and it hurt pretty Bad, but it wasn’t awful. And it tasted very good.

Okay. So that is the bad stuff, right? That’s all the bad. I had a relapse of trigeminal neuralgia. It’s kind of wrapping up now, but check this out:

spooky heartbeat

These people won’t be there, I don’t think. It’s just Halloween stuff. What is that guy laughing about?

Anyway, there’s good and the bad. Thanks for tuning into the What’s the Matter With Me? Podcast. My name is John, I’m 41 years old, 42, who even knows? I’m a husband, father, small business owner, radio DJ, podcaster. I have MS and trigeminal neuralgia, and I made this podcast to share what I’m going through, and it gets spooky. Let’s go back to the shopping mall, right? Kind of miss the mall. Anyway, you can find all the episodes of the What’s the Matter With Me? Podcast on whatsthematterwithme.org on Apple Podcasts, wherever you listen to podcasts. And you can tell that so-called smart speaker to shove it. And then you can be like, “Hey, whatever your name is, play the What’s the Matter With Me? Podcast.” It won’t take it personally. You can tell it to shove it, it’ll be fine. All right. See you next time. What’s the Matter With Me? Things are good and bad. Thank you for tuning in.


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