Say It Isn't So

Monday, November 24, 2008


I had my annual eye exam last week, and for the second year in a row the vision in my left eye has improved. That's the eye that suffered the bouts of optic neuritis in the past. I am very happy about the news that my vision in that eye is now 20/20. So the question is just what does it mean. I could go one of two ways. Could it be due to the fact that I'm in the remitting phase of relapsing remitting? Could it be that my daily regimen of Tai Chi moves and study is causing this improvement.

The last bout of vision loss was 5 years ago. The bout before that was 9 years ago. This means that the distance between episodes was 4 years and now I have gone 5 without. I had another incident 7 years ago that was not involving the eye but rather the whole side of my face. That is the event that led to my diagnosis. The numby, tingly sensation is still there as well as the hearing problem in that ear. It is easy enough to hold the phone to my other ear to avoid the excruciating pain that is felt if I hold it to the problem ear as the sound reverberates at an alarming volume. Oddly, the hearing test indicated hearing loss in that ear! BTW the use of headphones in listening to music or hemisync recordings does not bother my ear. Telephones just don't have the same sophisticated connections. Hmmm, perhaps I should try listening to music over my phone.

As it stands, I vote for the Tai Chi. There are other events that are not related to my diagnosed disorder that help me to come to this conclusion as well, but I'm not going to get into them here, as they involve my neurologists, both past and present. Time will tell. I will keep up the work out with the Tai Chi. It infuses me with spirit and peace.


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