By Zach Arnold | June 20, 2012
“I went to the specialist for Meniere’s Disease, which I have — which is basically damage to the nerve inside the ear that tells the brain ‘you’re moving’ when you’re not moving and it is… the most horrible thing you could ever go through, believe me when I tell you and… I wanted the surgery but the doctor, being a doctor, doctors want to treat you. They don’t want… they want surgery to be the last option. Well, I’m not a normal patient, OK? I’m not some guy who works 9-to-5 and goes home. I fly all over the world, every day of the week and my thing is if I’m flying on a 14 hour flight to Brazil and what happened to me happened to me a few weeks ago happens to me on the plane… and I have to land in Brazil or some other country where they probably don’t understand this thing… it’s just I’m a different case, so I’m lobbying hard for this surgery and the surgery isn’t the cure. The surgery, they go in and they basically cut the nerve so you have to learn to walk again and you have to go through serious rehabilitation to learn how to do everything again. But I’m willing to have that done, go in, I’ll go hardcore rehab for the next three weeks and, you know… that’s my plan and what I plan to do. The doctor has other plans, so it’s going to be a battle of wills over, you know… I think I’m a special case in that the surgery makes sense for me where it might not for other people my age. It’s something that has to be done. I have to fix this problem. I can’t do what I do and have that happen to me again. I mean, just that one incident… I was lucky that I was in Las Vegas and my doctor is familiar with it and knew what to do and I was still down for four days. If that happened to me somewhere else… I’m telling you, it’s just… people who have this understand where I’m coming from. I’m afraid that that’s going to happen again, let me put it to you that way.
“I’m on a ton of medication right now and only 50% of the people respond to medication, you know, so we’ll see what happens.”