My post-stroke numbness is bizarre, in that, internal nerve -generated pain is the only sensation I feel in my left hand.
This results in embarrassing situations my family has aptly named, “crotch knocking”. Lida (little dead arm) sometimes encounters another person’s body without bothering to register the contact with my brain. It happens a lot in crowds.
My left foot and ankle are also relatively numb, however, the sole of my foot usually feels as though it is on fire from within.
Numb plus extremely painful: a strange combo.
In the garden, this numbness combined with coils of water hose can easily equal a close encounter with the ground from unknowingly dragging the hose along with my foot.
My left ear remains completely numb. Luckily there is no associated pain. The problem here is: my glasses. The earpiece has a 50-50 chance of ending up in my ear rather than over it, resulting in glasses that are crooked and wonky in relation to my eyes and a world in half-focus.
To compensate for this loss of sensation I use sight and sound to pay closer attention to what I am doing.
Despite all these little lingering annoyances, I am capable of pretty much whatever I decide to do, except driving.
I’m confident I’ll get behind the wheel again in time.