I told my wife that I am not sure if this is something I should be worried about or not; I have periodic numbness in my left heel. It does not last for more than a few seconds, but it was occurring about every 2 weeks or so, but now it appears to happen more frequently (perhaps 2 or 3 times each day). The numbness does not last a long time, and it does not extend outside of the heel on my left foot, so I am not sure if it is progressive weakening of the nerves, or if it is totally unrelated to my stroke. Because of my history, the nurse at the VA told me to go to the ER to have it checked out if it really starts to bother me. Right now, it is just a nuisance, really, and it does not bother me much. I guess I will just have to see what happens.
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