First some background and then the question:
I am 10 days shy of 6 months since the embolization that probably saved my life but also changed it dramatically. In a shortened version - paralyzed vocal cord - so difficulty speaking, shortness of breath and swallowing. Ear problems - lost almost all hearing in left ear, significant (to the point that I can’t hear with hearing aids in) internal head noise (hat tip to Dick #noisyheadguy), probably 3/4th of the day, I feel like I’m on a cruise ship #cruiseshipwobblies and constant headaches. The headaches go up and down but they are always there. They.are.always.there. Drives me nuts many days.
Neurologist put me on Amitryptiline for the headaches - all it has really done is lowered the “spikes” in the headaches from an 8 to a 6. Prior to the Amytriptyline, I used to hit 8 at least two times a day - now, well I hit it a number of times yesterday - but beyond that it’s only a couple of times a week that I get to an 8.
So my question - and one that I’ll be asking my doctors is this:
Are all of these challenges because the embolization blocked or damaged nerves or cut off blood supply to the nerves?
Are all of these because in the process of the embolization, part or parts of my brain were damaged?
There are a couple of things I have noticed in terms of what I could call cognitive deficits:
I have a much harder time with remembering names,
I have a hard time remembering if I did things - like, “Did you take your med that you are supposed to take at _______.”
I have to be much more methodical in how I do things - otherwise, I won’t remember and will miss something. Like, when you pick up Abby from youth group, can you also do ______ and drop off _____.
and I do drive but I feel like except on the highway, I’m much more hesitant and slower in terms of, well, I drive with the caution that someone from Michigan would normally do only in a January snow storm.
Now, the real question - does it matter if the damage happened in the nerves or in the brain?
Is it sort of like it doesn’t matter if the power is out on your street or on just the line to your house. Either way, the power is out.
Does that make any sense at all?