Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

Episode Number Two: The Wonderful One Hoss Shay- 2019 Model

on November 12, 2019

Behind the scenes my primary care doctor was monitoring the action. He noticed that my eye doctor’s concern about a stroke resulted in my appointment with the retina specialist. When the specialist made the call that I have macular degeneration and began treatment, the plot veered away from a possible TIA. My doctor picked up the loose string and arranged for me to have MRI’s of my brain, eye and neck. The results were that I did not suffer a stroke. However, I do have narrowing of the blood vessels in my brain. The next step is for me to see a neurosurgeon.

Up to now I have been weathering this weird series of my having a problem, a doctor making a diagnosis and passing me on to a specialist who instead finds something different and the next specialist coming up with another possibility – twice. The thought of having narrowing blood vessels in my brain begins a new chapter, if not a whole new book. It is scaring me. And my appointment with the neurosurgeon is three weeks away.

My problem with pain from sciatica and arthritis in my knee is ongoing but getting better. I began physical therapy last week. In my assessment the therapist asked me about my recent medical problems. I gave him my litany. When I got to my brain MRI and the diagnosis that I had not had a stroke… but, the therapist broke in and said, “They found narrowing of blood vessels in your brain.” Like this is normal. He explained that they will keep a watch on me from now on to see if anything develops.

Finally things are coming full circle. I think I’m in good enough shape to go another ten years. This One Hoss Shay is not ready to collapse just yet.

15 responses to “Episode Number Two: The Wonderful One Hoss Shay- 2019 Model

  1. Eileen says:

    Good to know people are looking out for you. Sounds like you have picked an excellent physio. Glad to know you’re planning on staying around 🙂

    • vivachange77 says:

      Thanks, Eileen. I feel blessed with my doctors. Most of them are part of the University Hospital system where my three sons were born fifty years ago. I am happy to settle down now and go on living.

  2. Dale says:

    Well, I, for one, am extremely glad that you are not ready to kick the bucket (besides the fact that it could hurt your knee and sciatica to do so 😉 )
    I can only imagine the fright you are going to but you seem to be very well surrounded so I am feeling positive about the whole thing!
    Sending an extra dose of love and strength and healing your way, Ina!

  3. Resa says:

    You are an inspiration, dear One Hoss Shay! (lol)
    Sending much good energy through the universe to you!
    Best, best, best!

  4. I went to the doctors recently and ended up being diagnosed with things I’d never even expected! But it sounds like you’re being well looked after and they’re putting plenty of things in place to keep you as healthy as possible. Sending you healing thoughts!

  5. Lechfisch says:

    Hang on in there Ina, we need to keep hearing your voice!

    Being scared at your news is only natural, I would respond in the same way. A reasonable amount of fear may well help protect you, in fact. Were you to contemplate learning to sky-dive right now 😉 , fear might be your way of letting yourself know that all things considered, following through on that might not be the best idea in the book …

    But it sounds like you have found doctors who care about you and know what they are doing! So hopefully that will give you the comfort and confidence you need to bring you through this. Do look after yourself, and know that you have all my warmest thoughts too.

  6. Bill Bisgood says:

    Sending you lots of (old) hippy vibes and good wishes.

  7. vivachange77 says:

    Thanks, Bill. Hippy vibes make me feel younger.

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