Jan. 28, 2017 By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M. P.
Hello, readers, and thank you for your patience. I have been waylaid recently by some unforseen health issues which have prevented me vrom posting here. FYI: I have been afflicted with type I diabetes for 60 years now, since childhood, and it has managed to wreak its ravages from time to time. In 1982, one of my eyes went fully blind due to an off-shoot disease called diabetic retinopathy. It also impaired the vision in my other eye, but, thanks to the efforts of a gifted eye specialist, a surgery callwd a vitrectomy was able to save the central vision in that eye, although peripheral vision in that eye is forever shot. The end result is that I am now, and have been since 1985, considered legally blind. I have not driven a car since late 1984, when repeated hemorrhaging within that “good” eye made driving an impossibility and necessitated my vitrectomy.
About 20 years ago, I experienced a mild stroke and was hospitalized for 9 long days until the clot which caused it had dissolved and my blood had thinned enough to justify my discharge. This stroke was caused by my slack attitude toward my diet, by excessive alcohol consumption, and by the habitual use of tobacco f0r may years. I was never a huge sweets eater, but did partake of them more than I should have, and developed the taste for 3 – 5 daily beers, plus smoking nearly a pack of cigarettes each day. I wasn’t deliberately trying to kill or punish myself – I had simply and wrongly developed an attitude that I would deal with the eventual and unavoidable consequences of diabetes when they would set in during my late ’60s or early ’70s. How naive I was – those days came far earlier than I had expected! So I had the stroke and adapted to this new weakness which affected my left side. My right side remained unaffected, as did my speech and thinking. With physical therapy, I was able to regain about 85 – 90% of my previous left side strength and dexterity.
Just before last Christmas, I noticed my left side, especially my legs, getting increasingly weaker and less coordinated. Walking and balance became issues to the point where I could no longer navigate more than 4 or 5 steps at a time. My computer, which until today had been in my basement (a 13 step journey), became out of reach for me so I had to suspend this blog until today, when the computer was moved up to this floor where I could again reach and use it.
I very recently saw my physician, who examined me and made arrangements for me to have a neurological MRI scan. This scan revealed that I may have had two other previous strokes which failed to produce noticeable symptoms. It also showed one other questionable spot whereupon new bleeding may be occurring in my brain. The neurologists recommended that I have a CT scan done next Friday, as it would reveal more fully and accurately as to whether or not this bleeding was actually happening. I tend to think there is at least some bleeding happening, otherwise my leg weakness would not be so pronounced. But I’ll know for sure once I’ve had next Friday’s scan…we are doing all we can to ward off another debilitating stroke.
Meanwhile, I am happy to announce the resumption of this blog. As before, each Monday will feature a podcast from the gifted Burr Deming, and every Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday will feature one of my own compositions. It’s GREAT to be at it again, and I look forward to your continued patronage. Thank you, my friends!