Today when I got up, my wife reminded me that today is the 4 month anniversary, if you want to use that word, of when I got put in the hospital. I know it intellectually, but it is hard to wrap my arms around the fact that it has ONLY been 4 months since the hospital recogized my stroke. So much has changed and I have come so far. I have read of people that strokes about the same time I did that cannot walk right, some cannot talk, others cannot hear from one ear...yet I have very few long term effects. Sometimes I have to take a rest if I am up for a long time, others I have to rest if I walk long distances, and one effect I found out is that my right leg tries to cross over my left if I fun. I have learned not to allow it to cross over if I walk, but I guess when I run it does not always listen. Anyway, no matter how you look at it, I am, I know it seems trifle, but I am a walking miracle. NO Dr. has been able to give me a reason why I am able to do what I do now. I am very thankful to God for all that I am able to do.
On December 8, 2008, my life changed forever. I had a double sided cerebellar stroke with 2 brain stem compressions. It was not until December 10, 40 hours after my stroke, that surgery was finally done to relieve the pressure. Dr. Piper, the neuro-surgeon from Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines, told my wife that surgery was nothing more than an attempt to save my life, but that it would not erase the deficiencies as a result of the stroke. Although she admits that she did not really understand what Dr. Piper had just said, my wife, Laura, agreed to the surgery and the care team performed a decrompessive craniotomy, to hopefully relieve the pressure and allow my brain to function somewhat normally. For those who have followed my blog for the last 14+ years, the surgery was successful, I returned to the church and I now live a relatively normal life, although I do have some pretty severe, though not always visible, defieciencies. I really thought that life could not get any worse th