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.
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