Current “Normal”: Knowledge, Acknowledgment, Acceptance (Alternative Subtitle: Ramble, Ramble, Ramble)

Since starting a neuro day hospital program last week, I've been making a renewed effort to accept that there are things that I can't change about the current state of my brain. This isn't to say that I'm not being as active a participant as I can be in my recovery process. On the contrary, … Continue reading Current “Normal”: Knowledge, Acknowledgment, Acceptance (Alternative Subtitle: Ramble, Ramble, Ramble)

Cane Game: Getting My Mobility On, Feeling Stuff

It's been several months since my second surgery and its ensuing complications, which included some left-sided weakness, and despite my many efforts, I haven't yet managed to convince my medical professionals that I'm ready to completely ditch the cane that I started using while in the hospital. Believe me, I've tried. With impressive persistence, too. … Continue reading Cane Game: Getting My Mobility On, Feeling Stuff

Sunday Night in the ER: About as Fun as It Sounds (Not Very Fun)

I'll start with a disclaimer: for obvious reasons, my memories of the event that's the topic of this post are kind of spotty, so I'm relying on witnesses (i.e., my husband) for much of what makes up the following. We're going to have to go ahead and assume that I wasn't being trolled when the … Continue reading Sunday Night in the ER: About as Fun as It Sounds (Not Very Fun)

The “Right Thing” Is Hard to Do: Cancelling Plans, Looking Forward

One of the feelings I hate most is the one that keeps nagging at you when you've made a plan that you know that you shouldn't keep but don't want to cancel given that doing so would entail conceding that you're not as recovered as you'd like to think that you are. As a purely … Continue reading The “Right Thing” Is Hard to Do: Cancelling Plans, Looking Forward

Leaving the Neighbourhood and Other Things I’m Still Not Doing Much: Attempts at Gratitude

As April trudges steadily onward, bringing with it the promise of, um, May, warmer days are becoming increasingly frequent (even in Ontario, where eighteen-degree highs continue to alternate with seven-degree ones¹). I usually welcome spring and all that it represents with open arms, eager to be able to more comfortably spend time outdoors racking up … Continue reading Leaving the Neighbourhood and Other Things I’m Still Not Doing Much: Attempts at Gratitude