It is the beginning of 2011 and I am no less amazed at the provision to be able to do the things that I am able to do. I do feel, however, that my energy is getting more and more diminished all the time. Last night, for instance, I had to wait in the truck as my family went did some of their shopping because I did not feel as though I had the energy to walk aimlessly through the World Store (perhaps it was just because I was bored out of my mind, but I can usually withstand boredom.) I don't know how to explain it, but I feel as though I am gradually getting tired quicker and it takes less effort to cause me to lose my energy. But, as I have said before, compared to the alternative, I feel really good. I have said before, and I will say again, that I feel pretty good for a dead guy.
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