|Climber at Donation Rocks|
Anyhow, the past month has been marked by slow but steady improvement in my strength, stamina and enjoyment of life. I've finished with all the numerous medications that I had to take - I seem to have enough leftovers to open a pharmacy! - and I don't have any pain worth mentioning. I'm also sleeping much better - it seems (though I'm not sure) as though the removal of my sinus tumor may actually be helping me sleep more comfortably. I've been rock-climbing a couple of times at Donation, and noticed my strength returning. The line in the picture is called the "Shark's Tooth" - by its easiest route it is not too hard, but I was pleased last week to find that I have the strength to pull up over the "tooth" again. I'm also considerably lighter, which ought to help my climbing but its most obvious effect is to make me need a new harness because the old one has become rather loose!
And I am enjoying getting back to the classroom in the low-stress environment of a graduate seminar. A couple of weeks ago, before classes began, I traveled back to Johns Hopkins for what I imagine will be the first of many follow-ups. Although this did not involve any detailed tests, the doctors were very pleased with my progress and made a lot of encouraging comments. And the DEVICE has succeeded in improving my jaw opening by about 40 percent! Next check-up is mid October and (unless something weird happens) I most likely won't post another health update until then. Time to get back to the enviro-blogging!
Photo from the web site of the Climbers Coalition of Central Pennsylvania