Fire up your seat warmers, set the defrost to hot, and be sure to turn on the mirror heaters. Mirror heaters you say? Yep, many of the VW’s have heated mirrors. You access them through the mirror adjusting switch. Check yours out, if you have a defrost symbol on the switch, you have them. Even if you don’t have the extra switch, some are controlled by the rear window heater switch. So fire them up, and have a read below…
It’s early February, the Whistlepig Phil saw his shadow, and though we had some nice days in January, it’s going to be typical winter here in central Indiana for at least the next 6 weeks, at least according to the little cranky little rodent (and the cranky little TJ). Is that a surprise? It shouldn’t be, as this is the way February ALWAYS is in central Indiana – at least save for that spell about 5 years ago in which we had a string of 80+ days in late February and Early March, which brought the lake temps up enough to swim, ON MARCH 14… I don’t see that happening this year though…
I’ve started speech therapy for both my speech patterns and my memory, relating to issues from the concussion, with hopes that speech therapy will help with my issue of pausing for an indefinite time to “search” for the right word in the mush that is my brain, post fall. Additionally, they feel speech therapy does have a way of helping to build new neuropathways in my pre-frontal cortex, helping the executive decision making, and my short term memory issues.
I also start vestibular rehab on Friday, to help my body to not feel like constant vertigo, or the constant “fog” that my brain feels like. Also this morning, I actually saw the doctor who is quarterbacking all this complex stuff with the other doctors, and he felt that I’m still status quo as far as healing my brain and my brachial plexus injury – even with being 6 months since I fell and bumped my head. He’s even cleared me to start physical therapy again for my back and shoulder (but not my neck/brachial plexus). After the steroid shot in my rotator cuff last month, I have noticed an increase in range of motion. Now it’s time to test that in a PT environment.
Well, I don’t know if I mentioned last time, but the Passat was involved in quite an accident with a pothole. Flatted 3 tires, ripped my oil pan apart, among other things. I’ve got it back, but found it needed back brakes something fierce. It’s currently sitting in the driveway with the back off the ground, waiting for the paint on the new calipers to dry. Yes, I painted the rear calipers – I wanted them to match the rest of the car’s brakes. Hopefully I can finish that later today before the next round of “ick” starts falling from the sky.
I also need to sort through a cylinder 4 misfire on the wife’s GTI – which seems more like a coil pack gone bad. I just need to swap cylinder 4 for cylinder 3 and make sure the misfire follows the coil pack. Unfortunately, they are under warranty, so a coil pack issue won’t be dissapointing.
What else? Let’s see, the BMW is gone, off to Kokomo with a kid who plans to fix it up. The pickup completely died, and left for the vehicle graveyard. The big news here is that I’m starting to get the size of the “fleet” to be where my lovely wife would be accepting. Soon, soon. I still need to get ride of at least the RV, if not a couple more cars…
With winter storm Hunter bearing down on us, I was able to get enough help to move the P cars to better locations. The 914 is currently sitting in the garage, nose first, awaiting me getting help to drop the motor for a rebuild and some bodywork. It’s a 30 minute job to drop the motor, but not one I can complete at this point in time, without some help.
The 944 is out of the back yard mud, now sitting on the 3rd car driveway apron. This got it to the point that I can get some help and poke at it with a stick, or after the 914 motor is pulled, I can swap the 2 cars to get the 944 inside.
Anyways, nothing is planned too quickly, as I’m still pretty broken. I just got a steroid shot in my right shoulder rotator cuff on Tuesday of this week, and it’s one of the only things on my arm I can currently feel – and it hurts. Still no strength in my right arm, but I have definitely noticed the increase in my assisted movement without the joint freezing up. I’ll take that, as it’s the first step to take to allow for PT for the brachial plexus injury.
As far as the mushed melon above my shoulders, my headaches and memory is still the same, and my speech is still terrible. I have been referred to my favorite ENT, Dr. Agostino, whom I saw on Wednesday, to schedule a balance assessment through Balance Point in Carmel, as well as speech therapy for my speech and memory issues.
12/31/2017 – I’m in the process of migrating off the Amazon cluster to the new server. Please look back soon for the updated website.
Quick health update: On August 4, 2017, I fell off a 16 foot tall structure and landed on my head then right shoulder. My head was approximately 22 feet from the ground, and hit the right side temple/ear on the concrete before the rest of my body. After my head hit, my right shoulder was next to hit, pulling my head away from my right shoulder (towards my left shoulder). This fall caused a severe concussion, as well as pulled the brachial plexus bundle of nerves from my neck.
Today, I am dealing with anterograde amnesia, in which I can not process short term memory to long term memory, in such I only remember about 10% of the day before. I’ve had 2 impact tests, and both were similar, in which I have verbal and visual memory issues, as well as a reaction time in the lower 2% percentile of scores.
In addition to the amnesia, I am dealing with issues from the brachial plexus injury, in which I have severe pain in my neck and under my collarbone where the brachial plexus passes through. I also have nerve pain in my arm and hand, and have lost my sensation in both. Fortunately, my movement nerves are intact, though I’ve lost strength with my right arm, and my movements are awkward – I have to be careful picking up an egg, as I can not feel how tightly I am grasping it – I have broken eggs just picking them up, do to the loss of sensation.
I am working with several very good doctors, orthopedists and neurologists, and they feel healing will take at least 6 more months to a year. Hopefully they will be able to get me at least functional in the next 6 months. My neurologist says healing my concussion is a matter of reducing stress, and lowering visual and audio stimuli to remove any “extra” – I guess I won’t be going to any heavy metal concerts in the next 6 months…
I’m a pile maker. When I am working on a list of things, I create piles as I go through them, and rarely get to the point I file these things. As a result, if you combined the things I need to go through, I have a stack about 3 feet thick. This drives my lovely wife crazy. My holiday resolution is to remove this clutter from my life and to do my best to not allow it to happen again. Wish me the best in this endeavor.
I hope everyone of my readers had an awesome Christmas or Hanukkah or Yule Celebration or whatever else you celebrated, and I hope everyone has a positive, happy, healthy and successful New Year in 2018!