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.
It has been nearly 6 years since I have updated this blog; my apologies. For those that had been following for some time, since I last posted: I stepped down as Senior Pastor at New Covenant church in Knoxville, I moved to Ankeny, Iowa, started a new ministry with St. Croix hospice as Chaplain. I was chaplain with St. Croix for about 4 1/2 years, then in 2020 I moved back to Stratford to pastor First Baptist church. It was a big change going from chaplain work back to the pastorate. I must confess, when I first came (back) to Stratford I was ready to pastor again! I love preaching; I love the ministry of being a pastor, and I love interacting with people long-term. (Being a chaplain is great, but you only interact with a family for a week or so, for some a little longer, but there was a constant upheaval of people and it was exhausting at times...) But, one thing that I have noticed since my stroke is that I get my feeling hurt easily. For instance, people leave the church all the tim