This has been a challenging week on several fronts. I'm only going to elaborate on the one that's directly health-related, though, since it's affecting my ability to process what else has happened and since I like to maintain a sliver of separation between my personal life and my blog existence, believe it or not. Last … Continue reading ’Tis the Season! (Christmas and Concussions)
When I was a kid, "The Christmas Angel" would stop by every four or five days beginning on December 1 and ending on Christmas Eve. Said Angel left small gifts on the kitchen table, often a piece of candy, sometimes a little toy worth a dollar or two, and her visits were eagerly anticipated and … Continue reading The Christmas Angel
Epilepsy-related items pop up in my Facebook newsfeed many times a day since a) I’ve met lots of (awesome) people as a result of my “seizure journey,” and many of them regularly post about epilepsy stuff—epilepsy awareness for the win!—and b) I follow several epilepsy groups and organizations that are active on the Facebook front. … Continue reading Epilepsy Research in the News/in My Newsfeed!
Last Tuesday, bright and earlyish, my VNS (alias Vanessa) was activated. It/she is thus now doing more than just bulging out of my chest like a weird body mod. My husband and I got to the hospital with some time to spare, so we wandered around for a bit before heading to the epilepsy clinic. … Continue reading The Most Underwhelming VNS Update Ever (Yay!)
You might, but probably don't, recall that in the summer, at the urging of my occupational therapist at the neuro rehab program that I was attending—and to which I'll return for a second block of treatment in January—I was making an effort to get "back" to the kitchen. In short, my OT was super excited … Continue reading Back to “Back” to the Kitchen: Cookie Edition
Since the last time I blogged, I've made steady progress in the direction of adjusting to life with a VNS device implanted, cyborg-style, in my chest. For example: I went to my family doctor and found a better solution for my nausea. I've almost completely eliminated ongoing pain by managing it with a combination of … Continue reading Vanessa
Well, I did it! All went pretty much according to plan, and I now have a VNS implanted in my chest. I'd like to claim that I've roared my way into cyborg status, but so far I've been in more of a whimpering state. Roaring will have to be a longer-term goal. I meant to … Continue reading I Am Now a Cyborg: Hear Me Whimper