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What I See From Here, A Matter of Perspective

What I see from here may be different from what you see from there.  It is a simple difference in perspective or is it?  I was on your side once upon a time and then things started to change.  It happened initially to me a little bit at a time.  It “snuck up” on me.  I used to say to myself that as I matured if I had to choose between losing my mind and losing my body, I would choose my physical capabilities.  Be careful what you ask for you might get it.

English: dGEMRIC T1 map of knee cartilage

English: dGEMRIC T1 map of knee cartilage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It started out when I began having “cold feet” and then I got “weak in the knees.”  I found the cause of the knee problem.  X-rays showed that both knees were bone on bone.  That means there was no cartilage left.  Cartilage  greases the works so to speak in your knees. This was eventually followed by knee replacement surgery in both knees.

Til this day I am not 100% sure that I have found the cause of the “cold feet.”  I doctored with more than one neurologist with no results before I also began losing the feeling in my fingers and began dropping things.  Of course,  according to everyone else, I was just clumsy and should have been more careful.

cervical and lumbar regionslarge_cervical_lumbarTo make a long story, short, I went to a hand doctor (who I would highly recommend) who referred me to yet another neurologist who made the correct diagnosis from an MRI.  A little more than six months later, I had immediate (?) neck surgery because my spinal cord was pinched (causing both my feet and hand problems) which would have led to my becoming a quadriplegic if I had not been successfully operated on.

All this explains why what I see from here is different from what you see from there.  It’s a matter of perspective.  What made me think about this was “running” out to the car this evening to get some medicine I had left in the car, I looked at the three or four feet of gravel drive I had to cross before getting to the back steps and realized it was not quite as daunting as it was a year or so ago.  Now that three or four feet might not appear like the continental divide to you; but it did to me a year or so ago.


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