Saturday, June 13, 2020
This has been a week fraught with stress. First my daughter's dad passed away on Sunday evening. Our niece contacted me Monday night and said her mom wasn't expected to make it. Both my daughter and our niece were children of alcoholics. It is both sad and scary what an addiction can do. It reminds me of a commercial that aired many years ago that said, "You can't see what it's doing to you but can you see what it's doing to them?" I have heard this over and over this past week. My niece's mom passed away Wednesday evening.
I had an appointment on Wednesday, with my new neurologist. We went over the results of my latest brain MRI. As expected, the doctor could plainly see the brain injury. I guess this MRI looks very similar to the MRI that I had in January. I was hoping for improvement but as I'm known for saying, it is what it is. The estimated healing time is at least a year. The doctor gave me several printouts with dos and don'ts on it. He cautioned me about stress. I kind of laughed to myself and said, "Too late for this week, self!" He also told me that pushing myself too hard will cause an immediate reaction. I should become aware of it right away. As we discussed it, he told us that if my head pounds, back off whatever I'm doing. Good advice! I woke up with a killer headache this morning. I'm sure it's from all of my different activities. Today I'm working on stress reduction and gentle movement . Tomorrow and Monday, I will do the same thing. Self care is so important. For any of you who don't make yourself a priority, please reconsider. I do make myself a priority and look where I am now. It could have been so much worse for me and I know it! Believe it or not, I'm blessed.
I saw an orthopedist last week. (About 12 days ago.) My shoulder is messed up inside from the accident. We have started with non invasive treatment by giving my shoulder an injection. This was pretty effective for the first 9 days. It is now wearing off, to my dismay. The surgeon only gave me two options. First a shot and PT or the second option, surgery. At first I could do a modified version of the PT without pain. Now my shoulder aches and completing the PT is difficult. I have backed way off and I am working on building up my strength super slowly. It seems like it's just so frustrating! I guess I need to check with the neurologist to see if I'm okay to have surgery.
All this and I haven't even begun to work on my neck yet. Deep cleansing breaths. Relax, relax, relax. Give it time, give it time, give it time. I know with time I will prevail.
On the up side, my daughter and her hubby are traveling to see us next weekend. They will stay until the beginning of July. I can't wait. She has not seen me since my accident in January. She works from home so she'll be able to work from our house and use our internet. They have rented a small place and will spend time with us and sleep at their place. They will bring Razzle and Missile with them. Zeus will love it and so will we! We are planning to celebrate her milestone birthday - the BIG 40!!! I have presents already piled on our dining room table! It will be wonderful to see her!
I will keep checking in on SP periodically. Be safe, healthy and happy friends!