I thought I was finished with the blog, but here I am again. A number of people have asked about my continuing recovery and requested an update. All in all, each day I feel better. Confession: I feel like I’ve been in an Amazing Race episode to break the world record for recovering from brain surgery. This may be backfiring. I worked four hours on Thursday, six hours on Friday and then went to a three-hour play Friday evening. Yesterday Robyn and I drove two and a half hours each way to the funeral of one of my favorite uncles (actually Robyn did all the driving). Last night the headaches returned for the first time in over a week and I had to use a double dose of the migraine medication to control the pain – the first time in over a week. It feels like a setback so today I’m reminding myself that this is not a contest.
Other than the headaches, the only other side effect of the surgery is some trouble finding the right words at times, probably an after-effect of the anesthesia. I’m sure it’s more pronounced when I am tired so it’s another good reason to keep rested. On a positive note, it’s becoming more clear each day that one of my most useful qualities has not been compromised – the ability to point out a better way to do just about anything.
Many of you may be surprised by this quality since I generally only share it with those with whom I am closest and most comfortable. Maybe it’s the engineer in me but there’s not much I appreciate more than finding a more efficient and effective way to do just about anything. I am sure everyone feels the same way. This quality may reach its zenith when I’m a car passenger. I am more than pleased to share a better route to our destination, a better way to park, the best lane for driving, the most appropriate speed limit – any number of observations and ideas that will improve our driving experience and get us there quicker.
Since I am not driving yet and Robyn is my main chauffeur, she has become the primary beneficiary of my useful tips and advice. I can tell her driving has improved in the past three weeks. A student that equals the teacher. I’m convinced the reason she threatened to throw me out of the car ten miles from Greensboro yesterday was to build my confidence that I could get home on my own.
Even better, I don’t charge for all this useful consulting. So, if you need some driving advice just let me know; I may be looking for a new driver.