Same-Day Appointment with My Epileptologist: Success/the Beginning of a Multi-Month Pregabalin Breakup

I woke up yesterday morning to two missed calls and a voicemail from an "unknown" number. I've been doing this chronic-illness thing long enough to know that 95% of the time, if you're a heavy user of the health-care system, an unknown caller means a medical office, usually one in a hospital. Sure enough, it … Continue reading Same-Day Appointment with My Epileptologist: Success/the Beginning of a Multi-Month Pregabalin Breakup

Inspiration Expectation: Why It’s Not OK to Want Me to “Perform” for You

On Monday, a friend sent me an illustration from an Instagram account that I'd never heard of (I'm now hooked). Though the artist's life experience is, of course, different from my own, I was struck by how deeply her sentiment—one that I didn't realize I shared—resonated with me. I'm guessing that a visual would be … Continue reading Inspiration Expectation: Why It’s Not OK to Want Me to “Perform” for You

Taco Monday: “Back” to the Kitchen (Alternative Subtitle: Learning How to Cook with the Help of My OT)

For weeks, my occupational therapist talked about getting me "back" to the kitchen. I explained to her at least thrice that I was never really in the kitchen to begin with, but she either didn't want to believe me, thought that my memory was failing me, or had a faulty memory herself. And so yesterday … Continue reading Taco Monday: “Back” to the Kitchen (Alternative Subtitle: Learning How to Cook with the Help of My OT)

First Post-ABI Night Away from Home: Major Anxiety, Major Success

And now, back to a post that I was working on before I was distracted by less-pleasant events. As the title of this post gives away, I recently had my first post–brain injury night away from the security of my husband and apartment in the form of a Saturday–Sunday trip to London, Ontario. I had … Continue reading First Post-ABI Night Away from Home: Major Anxiety, Major Success

Wheel-Trans: How to Trans-form (Ha…) Your Life Using Public Transportation Alone

Wheel-Trans is the door-to-door accessible option of Toronto's public transportation system for those who qualify for the service. While it used to be only for people with physical disabilities, it recently "open[ed] up [its] eligibility criteria to include any person with a disability that prevents a person from taking conventional transit for all or part … Continue reading Wheel-Trans: How to Trans-form (Ha…) Your Life Using Public Transportation Alone