On my "health" front - a lot has happened. My doctor felt my imbalance symptoms have gone on too long (almost 2 years) for the original diagnosis of Vestibular Neuritis to be a correct one, so have been going to Stanford Ear Clinic for a bunch of evaluative tests. The upshot is they have given me a diagnosis of "Superior Canal Dehiscence" (SCD http://vestibular.org/superior-canal-dehiscence-scd ) confirmed by an electrical nerve stimulation (VEMP) and a CT showing a hole in the bone which forms the superior canal arch...meaning the liquid in that canal, used for internal gravitational balance is compromised. They also did a test with a tuning fork, which they touched to my left ankle bone, and I could hear/feel it in my left ear!?!?!? (Go figure!) So while I am elated at having a good diagnosis, my future path is a bit "muddied". There are a few correctional surgeries, none of which are trivial - involves opening up one's skull, moving a brain lobe to expose the hole in the bone, and "resurfacing" the bone - or plugging the canal. There are problems associated with these procedures, so I'm seeking some more opinions, evaluations, etc. If I do nothing, I'm still faced with imbalance issues - and I feel I've plateaued on how far I've come with constant balance exercises, etc. At the end of the day, when I am tired and lose focus, I am like a drunken sailor - and this is how I fell July 30th and broke my arm (yikes!) which is now mostly healed - I have worked on getting range of shoulder motion back so I can at least do some exercises. So it all goes! At least I can enjoy the creative spirit once again. Thankful for this.
Hugs and Thanks to one and all!