What Not Getting a Job Taught Me About The Universe

I had been close so many times! I rarely got feedback from employers but when I did it was usually, “You are our second choice, unfortunately (for you) we went with the other candidate”. This was hard to take. For the longest time I thought that I just hadn’t found the right fit and that it was just a matter of time before I got the elusive offer. Now I know it is not going Read More …

A Good Scleral Lens Hack!

If you follow my Blog you might know that I am a scleral lens wearer. I have written posts on what a scleral lens is and how I use one. In this post I explain a little hack I use with my daily eye care routine….. A scleral lens user has to use saline solution every day. It is used for two reasons. One, to rinse the lens after it has been sitting in the Read More …

Getting Support…You can Lean on me

As I write the last installment on my Acoustic Neuroma series, I find that it is appropriate to lend from an excerpt from my eBook (So You Have an Acoustic Neuroma?…A Tale of Two Surgeries) on where and how you can get support when you have this tumour. Family / Friends It was a very scary time for me. I had a young family and a lot going on in my life and to see Read More …

Brain Fog and Your Acoustic Neuroma…Navigating the Cloud

We have all been there. As we are recovering from our treatment we seem to experience it. Things we used to do or say before are now just a little bit off. The world seems to require us to be multitaskers more and more but if you have brain fog, it is more difficult. Especially if you are recovering from treatment from your Acoustic Neuroma. It could have been from adjusting to SSD (Single Sided Read More …

3 Ways Why Being The Best Might Not be the Best

I overheard my Son and a few of his teammates discuss what it was like to be on the soccer team they played on last year. This is the first year of elite soccer for them and a lot of them played against each other. After a long set of discovery sessions, they now are on the same team. They were talking about how they were the best on their team last year but it Read More …

Facial Issues With Your Acoustic Neuroma…Face to Face

You may experienced this prior to your surgery, after or beyond. For me it was a noticeable flattening of the crease line on the AN side of my face. That was the tumour stretching the facial nerve. You might also have some tingling in your face. For me it was around my chin. Dry eye and trouble blinking can also start prior to receiving treatment for this tumour. Depending on the size and location of Read More …

Dental Care When You Have an Acoustic Neuroma

One issue that I find that gets overlooked when recovering from an Acoustic Neuroma is Dental Care. I think it might be that your health care practitioners are so concerned about complications from the surgery, your balance and hearing (or lack of) to give it any attention. That’s OK.  It doesn’t really start to be a concern until after you are recovering from those things. You are probably not eating many of the foods that Read More …

Elizabeth Holmes Theranos Woes Could Have Been Avoided

I consider myself a bit of an armchair Theranos analyst now. I have successfully watched and read all the mainstream media on the scandal. I have watched the Nightline Documentary The Drop Out:The Story of Elizabeth Holmes that came out 3/15/19. I also read the book Bad Blood by John Carryrou and I just finished watching the HBO documentary The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon valley which came out on 3/17/19. Essentially it is Read More …

Eye Issues…Peering Through The Looking Glass

With Acoustic Neuromas, several cranial nerves may be affected. Other than the Hearing/Balance nerve, the facial nerve can be affected too. The facial nerve runs very close to the Hearing / Balance nerve and even if the tumor isn’t touching the nerve it may get disturbed during treatment. The Facial Nerve Does A lot What we don’t realize is that the facial nerve is responsible for a lot! One of the Facebook groups I belong Read More …

Balance and Acoustic Neuromas…Walking the Tightrope

Balance Issues Can Show Itself in Many Ways Depending on factors like size and location of your Acoustic Neuroma, coupled with your age and general health, your balance will be affected somewhat.  I have been affected slightly (and my AN was 4.3cm at its largest diameter). That is not the case for all. I have seen some survivor’s dead lift several hundred pounds and I have heard stories of others needing a cane or walker Read More …