Many of you are familiar with my “klutziness”. I have fallen into more rooms and meetings than I can remember.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with hemi-dystonia. In its simplest terms, my brain often fails to communicate with the left side of my body. (Something I find incredibly ironic, having worked in communication for over thirty years.)
This past September, I fell down a flight of stairs, at home, very early in the morning; when most of my body started down the steps to the lower level of our home, while my left leg failed to “get the memo” and chose to stay in the kitchen. In landing at the bottom of seven steps, I knocked myself silly, impaled one of my favorite coffee mugs into my right leg, and had to have stitches above my right eye. I stayed overnight in the hospital for observation and was referred to a neuro-motion surgeon.
Over the course of the last couple of months, we had decided to proceed with a deep brain stimulation surgery. It was scheduled for January 2. On Friday, December 28, we received confirmation that the surgery was postponed into February.
My plan was to use this blog to update family and friends as to our progress – following surgery. Now, I’ll begin by sharing the delay. As my friend Marissa stated when told of the change in surgery, “God’s hand is in there somewhere.”
‘Ask me about my earrings’ is my way of using humor to open up the conversation. (Also, I have an incredible earring collection by some talented jewelry artists. We’ll talk about my earrings, without you having to directly ask why my head is bald following surgery.)
More to come. The days will fly by. Ask questions. Share funny stories.