We had quite the odyssey getting here, but it was not all bad. Due to some weather in JFK, we were delayed getting there, and just barely missed our 7 PM connection to London at JFK. It was snowing at JFK. So, I left Mom at the gate for the 9 PM flight, and went out to the American desk, to find a long line of folks. Finally got through that, and the agent told me they were sold out. I asked him to check business, and voila, there were seats. So we did the trans-atlantic in business, which was wonderful. We took off a couple of hours late in JFK due to de-icing, so missed the connection to Munich in London. And the next flight was cancelled. And the next flight was delayed. You get the idea. We finally got to the hotel in Munich around 7PM.
The Holiday Inn is fine, and a relative bargain at 120 euros. A little further from the Alpha Klinik than the Sheraton, but easily walkable, unless one were really disabled.
Germany, at least the few parts I have seen, is quite nice. Clean, well-maintained roads, very polite people. We passed the Bayern Munich Stadium coming from the airport. A huge red lit-up stadium.
We spent about 4.5 hours at the Alpha Klinik. Everything was first-class. Dr. Zeegers spent about 1.5 hours with us reviewing everything. I had to get a new MRI, because there was a problem reading the CD, which apparently happens all the time with people coming from the U.S. So bring the physical films if you are coming here. They also did a sonogram of all my insides, and an EKG. Doc says all looks good, and I should live to 200!
The good news is that I only need two levels done. The other good news was that we did not need another discography to determine this! Dr. Zeegers confirmed that my facet joints look good.
So, the surgery will be tomorrow at 7:30 AM. I will perhaps post tomorrow night, if I am not too doped up on pain meds. Wireless internet in the Klinik!