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May 3 Update

Sunday, May 03, 2020

It has now been almost 4 months since my accident. It has been a very difficult 4 months. The headaches are still debilitating as are the neck, shoulder, eye and face pain. I'm going to need to see quite a few specialists. The brain injury has to be treated before anything else, so the other issues have taken a back seat to the brain treatment. It's going way too slow for my liking but it takes the time it takes. It will heal at its own rate. The specialists I've seen so far, can't even begin to tell me how much will heal and how much will be permanent. I will take it one step at a time. (It's not like I have much of a choice!)

The enforced quarantine has helped to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus but it hasn't helped me to start doing modified workouts to begin any rehabilitation. Doing modified exercises is recommended for the healing of the brain. The word modified is important here. I will continue to do what I can at home but my neurologist really wants me to ride the recumbent cycle and do water jogging. Neither of these exercises can be done at home - at least not at our house. Apparently, doing too much walking is too jarring (vibration) for my head and neck. Using something that supports my body weight, yet allows me to work out aerobically, is preferable. My doctor recommends that I start working out slowly and just ease into it. She is correct, since doing too much walking gives me an instant headache. Doing too much of anything gives me a headache!

I will keep on keeping on, knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Things do take time. We are staying safe, washing our hands and social distancing. We will continue to do so until we know it is safe to do otherwise. I am still wearing masks and gloves, since a brain injury puts me into the high risk category - as does being over 65 years old. It's nice to have a few businesses open up but I will still take any and all precautions.

DH and I continue to do our slow, short afternoon walks. I continue to admire the beauty around me. I feel peaceful just watching the birds and feeling the breeze and sun on my face as we venture out. We do indeed live in a beautiful world - you just have to stop, open your awareness and see the beauty all around you. It makes me feel thankful and joyful for all of God's gifts. We are blessed!

Please stay safe friends! Know that you are special just for being you. You are beautiful just as you are right now. You are enough and you have a lot to offer to the world.
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