I just got a letter from the doctor. My diabetes is very well controlled. My cholesterol level is slightly elevated and is attributed to my being sick for so long and not being able to eat properly. My AiC rose a few points from 6.5 to 6.9 but the doctor isn't worried again because I have been sick.
My ENT said my wound was healing nicely and that I more than likely had a low grade infection for months before it flared up to be as bad as it was. My tongue is still paralyzed but I am now able to swallow better even though I still have to drink liquids through a straw. I am adding more denser foods to my diet on a weekly basis. It is frustrating having to cut everything up into little tiny pieces. My face is still a little swollen along the jaw line and my sister says at times I sound like Charley Brown's teacher.
I have gotten back into the swing of things. Saturday morning I went to a recommended training for Shoot Don't Shoot at the Police Departments Shooting Range.It was a refresher course for me and some of the other Community Relations Council Presidents. I shot and killed a rain cloud and missed the bad guy. I also turned down a two television news crew interviews because I cannot speak well yet. I pointed out two other people for them to interview. I did a phone interview the week before the surgery and am waiting for the article to be printed. I got a call for another interview the day after surgery and the reported said he thought he was talking to Charley Browns mother. Talking is a problem and sometimes I have to get someone who understands me to respond to someone who doesn't. That also frustrates me. The doctor said it could take weeks or months for the nerve in my tongue to regenerate.
I am determined to enjoy the rest of the summer. I can't eat a lot of things right now but I am managing to keep my blood sugar under control. i have had a few lows because i get so frustrated with having to try to swallow that I was skipping meals. I have found things I can eat with no problem that are healthy. I take my walks.
I do have some limitations. I can't sweep or vaccum. I can't move things to vaccum that are heavy and sweeping wears me out. The surgery was on the right side and I am right handed. Lifting anything over 5 lbs makes the muscles in my neck ache and my face will swell.
You guys have been great with thoughts and prayers. All of my friends are asking if I need anything. I want a cheeseburger really bad. One of the officers said when I can have one he is going to bring it to me with lights and sirens…lol. The downfall was one woman in Wal-Mart said I feel so bad that you had a stroke. I said I didn't have a stroke. She said well stroke people sound like you. What I said to her offended her but she won't be saying that again to anyone. I can't repeat what I said here because it was not nice. She actually stereotyped stroke survivors which is very unfair to them.
Have a great summer guys and thanks so very much.
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