Health Update

As much as I would like to be moving West by the end of the month, I just don’t see it happening. Then again, it may be for the best in that the people who’ve been checking on my cognitive ability have talked my insurance company into covering some therapy designed to help me deal with some of the cognitive issues.

As I’ve said before, I’m incredibly lucky and there was no physical damage to the brain. Most elements of cognition are clicking away nicely. That said, there are some issues that stem from the fact that while there was no physical damage, there was what might be viewed as data scrambling. Hardly surprising given that God’s own stun gun got fired into the motherboard of the bioelectrical computer that is my brain and central nervous system. I’ve been told it will take about three years for everything to settle down.

Meantime, the therapy should help and if nothing else will help me develop coping mechanisms for the effects. I’m already using notes and lists, and that needs to be expanded and refined. I’ll admit it is frustrating to reach for a memory or bit of knowledge, and not be able to find it. It’s even more frustrating to catch oneself “jumping tracks” a bit. For one example, while driving for the fasting blood draw the other morning I caught myself starting to go to the wrong doctor/lab. In my defense, they are all near each other so no major issue but still…

I need to get back to regular exercise, but that’s easier said than done. If the weather is nice I’m going to try to start walking around the neighborhood. That said, we had snow flurries last Saturday so the good weather is problematic.

I also want to take the time to thank all of you who have donated, offered prayers, and offered other support and encouragement. It has not been a fun or easy path, and I’ve not enjoyed being out of work for so long. If not for all of you and your support, I don’t know what would have happened.

To finish with some good news, we may finally be getting the blood pressure under control. I know I’ve talked about that before, but we are now down into the 12X/13X over 7X/8X range rather than 180/190/higher over 9X/1XX. Not where it needs to be, but a LOT better than it was. Almost nine months at the latter is more than long enough. If we can get it down a bit further, it will help with a lot of things including stamina.

Again, my thanks to you for your help and support. With your help, maybe May will be the month for moving out West.


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