March 21 UPDATE BELOW:
There are much easier ways to do it. This was the method that was thrust upon me. I had no choice in the matter.
Wednesday evening my wife found me standing outside the restroom, staring at the sink. Apparently I couldn’t figure out how to turn on the water for my shower. When asked, I couldn’t tell her what the problem was or even how long I had been standing there. We estimate approximately 45 minutes of me staring at the sink.
Then things got bad.
For 3 days HC kept asking me strange questions, like “Are you going to check your email today?” and “How many days are going to sleep?” I had no idea that more than a single 24 hour time period had transpired. I was very weak and felt like I had no power. I just laid in the rack and I didn’t even eat. What’s more is that I didn’t feel hungery.
Finally, whatever had happened to me was apparent enough to me that I agreed to go to the hospital. Fortunately our good friend Saumen lives right around the corner and he came right over. Saumen’s smiling face and good humor really helped me that evening. I want to publicly thank him for being a great friend.
We had to the ER since it was late in the evening and the main hospital was closed. I finally got home after 03:00. The upshot is that I had some kind of mini-stroke event but apparently nothing that could be seen on CT or x-ray. The prognosis is actually very encouraging and I’ll be spending most of my time working to gain back my strength and skills.
I’m going to post a follow article after I have more information and feel stronger. So please accept our apologizes for not posting very much this week, and especially Bushman’s Picks which many of you faithful readers have expressed a fondness for. I’ve missed doing those articles myself.
I’ve never done a “greatest hits” post but since this seems like an appropriate time, I suggest that if you haven’t done so, do a search on different countries like Laos, Thailand, China, and Hong Kong. Hui-chen and I have written about our travels in those places and many of those articles are approaching 3 years old. Also there is a convenient Archives section that makes browsing past articles very simple and enjoyable.
We’ll see you again soon.
I’d been to a follow-up consultation with the neurology department. According to the doctor I did not have a stroke, a TIA, or brain infection. I recovered from the episode on my own, which rules out causes such as meningitis. The truth is, no one knows what happened to me. I know that whatever it was, I’m a lucky man.
March 21: I got the results back from my EEG scan yesterday. 100% normal and “unremarkable” meaning there is nothing wrong. The investigation is officially over now.