I have been involved in some writing projects over the last few years but none of them involved handwriting analysis, although I have been working in the field, as before. But, I decided to leave this blog in place and I have noted that readership has remained high. That illustrates the interest people have in the topic. I hope you are one of them.
Here is what has been happening with me over the last while. I will only do this once and then I will get back to the topic of this blog, I promise.
Although I have been fortunate to have had very good health through my life, I got a surprise attack of pain in my knee one day in early 2008 when I tried to stand up coming out of bed one morning. That was 'out of the blue' so I headed for a medical consultation. It turned out that both knees were bone-on-bone so double knee replacements followed in succession. Successful results.
A year later, another surprise came at an eye exam for new contacts since I was seeing fuzzy images. The doc said, "Time to have those cataracts taken out; they are ripe. I can't sharpen your vision doing anything else." So be it, so that was next. I had the option of getting implants to give me 20/20 vision for distance but necessitating the use of reading glasses. Or, there was another possibility: having multi-focus implants put in, which, if all were to go ideally, would obviate the need for wearing glasses totally. Insurance would not cover the second choice but since I am not fond of glasses, I chose to do that.
Great success again. I couldn't be more pleased to have normal vision, both near and far, after needing corrective lenses since I was seven years old.
Not many months ago, came another surprise, which was a bit quirky. I mention it here as a public service announcement since the problem was completely foreign to me. The calcium level in my blood was quite high, as a routine test revealed. Turned out that one of my parathyroid glands had developed a benign tumor and was producing its hormone level in an out-of-control amount. The long and the short of that means that eventually calcium is leached from your bones and osteoporosis is going to be the result.
Usually, no special symptoms are evident to clue you in that you have the problem. Once diagnosed, the one-time and instant cure is to remove the gland. The four parathyroid glands are situated in the throat next to the thyroid gland. Their function has nothing to do with the thyroid gland. (I guess the person who named the tiny organs couldn't think of anything more original to call them since they live right next door.)
So, that was taken out a couple of months ago and it is amazing how much perkier I felt immediately. Odd, because before that, I really wasn't aware that I wasn't at my best. So, I mention it here as a hint that it is a good idea for anyone past middle age to ask to have the calcium blood level and the parathyroid hormone level checked out. I have an idea that a lot of people who have weakening bones or osteoporosis might have elevated reading on those two tests and not know it. A good doctor should order them.
I think the general malaise I felt affected my ambition to get back to writing here. But, with that all in the past and with renewed willingness, I am happy to return to writing here.
Enough of boring health sagas.
I hope you will visit often.
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