Not feeling so spry today. I see the doctor again on Tuesday. The diarrhea is continuing without let up, 6 weeks, geesh. Between that and I think trying to do a little in the kitchen just has me worn out.
Can’t remember if I wrote about my visit to my neurologist, I think it was last week. I have been taking dialantin, an anti seizure medication. It has been so long (5 or 6 years) since I had my last fall down seizure so he has cut my medication back slightly from 450mg/day to 400mg/day. Everything seems fine so far. He did a couple of basic tests and the results surprised me.
Now I have known for a long time my balance is off. Lack of balance hasn’t actually made me fall but I have often done that little stumble step thing. The doctor had me out in the hallway and asked me to just walk a straight line. But doing it while putting the heel of one foot directly in front of the toe of the other. What we used to call baby steps in games. Huh, I couldn’t do it, I lost my balance with each step. I just got a chuckle. It is like you see on TV on the various cop shows. When they are checking to see if someone is drunk, you see them having the person taking these steps in a straight line. Supposedly if the person is drunk they can’t walk that straight line and are often seen being arrested. Huh, wonder what they would do with me, I could stumble as I am getting out of the car and then can’t walk the line. LOL. I guess I should give up my plans to walk a tight rope over the grand canyon. Now that is a really big LOL.
My neuropathy has also worsened. It used to be it was only in my hands and feet that I had limited to no feeling at all. It seems to have spread from my feet to about half way up the calves of my legs.
This neuropathy is something you have to be careful with, but as I always say there are always 2 ways to look at everything. OK, I must be careful in that I could put on my shoes and have a small pebble of something inside of one and I would likely never even know it. It could cause sores or blisters or something. Or, there is the “Bill” way to look at it, which is. Hey I am a really really tough guy. Want to know how tough I am?
Well let me tell you. These are actual things that have happened to me. I was walking bare foot here in the house. I stubbed my big toe so hard it actually tore the nail right off, which cause it to bleed. Now, I am so tough I didn’t pay it any mind, in fact I didn’t even realize it had happened until Vi saw blood on the floor. I have been using a hammer to pound a nail into the wall. Missed the nail and just wacked my thumb. I have been able to look at my thumb and say, wow that must have hurt.
I remember something my mother used to say, “no sense, no feeling” hmm.