A Short break
The remainder of this and some of the last chapter may be a bit sketchy and confused for a tumor was discovered pressing against my brain stem. While I obviously survived the operation, the various complications that occurred during and after the surgery left me with many memory gaps and physical issues. The hospital stay was almost two months and after 7 more months at home, I returned to work, but only part time. I struggled to perform the work that was once easy and it took me a year and a half to work a full day. My hands shook when pouring liquids, I had issues seeing properly (for I now had severe diplopia) with poor balance and no depth perception. I was exhausted constantly, but found the best time for me was early in the morning and so my boss let me come in very early. This caused some distress to my co-worker, but that did not matter. I came in early and left early. I broke instruments, glassware and myself trying to come back and after an additional three years of constant struggle, I retired.
Closing DownThe operation and recovery had messed with my memory, my eyesight, and my balance. An additional procedure messed with my cognitive function for about a month, but that not only recovered, but became stronger. The issues with memory, eyesight and balance did not recover. New ways of thinking and ways to approach problems were born. While new things opened up, something else died, for I knew I would need to leave this job soon, but there was one more challenge for me to face in the lab.