Regrettably 2022 welcomed me to the new normal.
Looking back from November and December of 2021, I began having significant mobility issues. I had been using a cane to steady myself for several years when walking in public, but as my wife pointed out, my walking was becoming much worse.
The report came back negative, but for a white space at the top of my brainstem. (I figured my stuffing was probably falling out). I regained my normal vision, but still had trouble walking.
This white area is a positive indicator of this disease. This condition is also known as PSP. It is not true Parkinson Disease, which causes involuntary shaking of the body. PSP affects balance and mobility and also the voice and vision
I spent the next five months doing therapy, an hour a day for four days a week, plus exercising at home.
We had moved into a large apartment complex in March of 2017 after taking care of my aging mother since 2011.
My wife and I had left our home in 2011 to take care of Mom. However, she went to a nursing home in late 2016, so we had to move so her house could be sold.
I have since found out this is happening not just to me, but to renters worldwide, as investment companies are buying up property.
|Robotic open heart surgery|
We moved in late October to a larger and much nicer complex. Moving was difficult due to my illness. Weeks after the move, in early November, my wife suffered a massive heart attack.
Her doctor immediately put her in hospital and within a week she underwent robotic cardiac bypass surgery at Christ Hospital in Ohio (a procedure that is not even done in the state where we live).
All went well, and she is currently recovering from the surgery at home. I am thankful for the help and support of my children. I am thankful that she was quickly diagnosed and treated by the most excellent staff and doctors. However all of these health problems have caused significant changes in our lifestyle.
Now here it is New Years Day of 2023. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and may you have wonderful New Year.
I hope to get back to the blog sometime in early 2023 with some new ideas.
So sorry to hear of your and your wife's health issues. I have checked weekly for your new blogs for months now...happy that you are recovering and will be posting again! Keep up the great work - it is much appreciated!
Thanks MW. My wife is on the mend. My condition is permanent. But I have to roll with the changes. I can play guitar and write. Thanks for being a friend.
Longtime reader, first time commenting. Hoping 2023 is a better year for you. Be well.
Marc, I've just run into your blog as I was researching info on my 1966 KAPA bass guitar. Ted Veneman was a classmate of mine at High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland, where the Venemans lived. I wanted a Fender Jazz bass, but Ted convinced me his dad's bass was every bit as good at a fraction of the price. I still have the KAPA and just put it out on a stand in my living room as a fond memory of my high school rock band years.
I so appreciated your interest in KAPA and your readers' accounts of buying their guitars from Veneman Music.
I'm sorry to hear of your medical setbacks and wish you all the best as you adjust to your diagnosis. I truly hope you can continue the blog as an invaluable resource, especially for folks like me who've missed out on it for many years. All the best to you in 2023.
God bless you and your wife, Marc. You have a legion of fans out here pulling for you. If you can still strum on your guitars, there's reason to live. Dime those volume pots out and play "Wild Thing"!
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