Cya CVA!

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I finally said it



Friday was a very interesting day. I left work early since my ear and head were throbbing. Since the rest of the family has had the flu, I figured I was coming down with it as well. By the time I got home, the pain had spread into my teeth. For anyone who has never had the experience, let me tell you that tooth pain is some of the most intense ever. I took a leftover Vicodin from my last root canal and it didn't even take the edge off. Around 8:00 p.m., I felt something odd in my mouth, reached in and pulled out a chunk of my lower right wisdom tooth. Suddenly the pain dulled. Weird. So to make a long story short, I'll be having oral surgery on Wednesday to have this tooth removed (my dentist wouldn't do it himself since on x-ray it appears that the root of this tooth may be wrapped around the underlying bone. From the intense jaw pain I had on Friday, I think he might be right).


Anyway, while I was doped up on Vicodin and couldn't sleep, J.J. and I sat in bed and talked. Well, I talked--he mostly listened. And I finally verbalized something that I've been thinking for a while; that I doubt J.J.'s recovery will be complete. That I think that although he'll continue to fine tune his speech, that he'll always struggle with some aphasia. That his writing and reading will most likely continue to improve, but I think his speech will always be halting and slow.


J.J. agreed with me, said he's known this for a while but didn't think I wanted to hear it. And he's probably right.


I'm not happy about this, but it's time to face facts. Besides, it could have been so much worse. After seeing how some of the survivors we've met have lost so much function, I can't get too upset about J.J. He's at home, walking up and down stairs, driving, working, even writing again.


Life goes on.


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