I had my optometrist appointment today; one of the first questions he asked was this: "When they first did the C&P, you mean they did not do an eye exam?" He told me after the exam that I initially had (according to my file) nerve 6 palsy; as of this morning, that nerve is 99.9% healthy. My eyes work together well, there is no evidence of muscle damage and there is no evidence of compromise in the optic nerve. I guess that is bad news for my disability, but it is very good news to know for sure that there is no damage visible (although I do have a follow up with a neurologic ophthalmologist to determine if their are deeper neurologic issues to deal with). But the one interesting tidbit of information was that he told me that they will be evaluating 11 aspects tomorrow. That is a big difference from my first C&P appointment a year ago when they, really, did no evaluation. So, we will see what transpires tomorrow.
A few years ago I was presented with the opportunity to come back to Stratford, Iowa, to First Baptist church, as their pastor; for those of you who have followed this blog for some time, FBC in Stratford was my first pastorate. Let's just say I prayed about it as I was jumping at the opportunity. The church has a parsonage, so I could live there and not have to worry about a houe payment; and I needed to slow down, and this was a part time position (which, as a side note, allowed for me to get a greater disability from the VA than when I was working full time with St. Croix Hospice...) We love Stratford, and absolutely love the church; the people are wonderful and accepted us, again, with open arms. This was, for me, the perfect position: I get to pastor a church I LOVE, I get to do life with people I LOVE, and I have already had the opportunity to do weddings and baptism services for kids (adults now) that I have known their entire lives. IT IS GREAT. The longer I have been here,