Yesterday, I almost fell trying to get dressed. My right crossed over the left leg, I caught myself when I landed halfway between the floor and the side of my bed. Dizziness and walking, and turning issues have been the brain injury theme for me this week. I’ve heard from other stroke/brain injury survivors the recovery process is a marathon, not a sprint. Some parts of your life return to the way they were before your injury, other things do not.
Everything in your life is changed in some way. Some things are just never the same again.
Because of the walking issues I was having yesterday, I decided to stay in one place and not walk as much. I ended up drawing for several hours yesterday. I haven’t done an hours long drawing session in a while because I’ve struggled with energy and concentration issues.
It was wonderful to escape for a little bit and forget for small amount of time the balance issues.
My cat, Stella, sometimes has walking issues when she is running. Yesterday, she was running into my room and she almost tripped over her two front legs.
Besides other stroke survivors, it seems my cat can relate as well.
I haven’t been able to volunteer for two months because of the pandemic. Some of the help needed requires lifting boxes, which I cannot do. This makes me sad, although I know I’ll be back saving the world through volunteering again eventually.
I’ve found music to help with both coping with the pandemic and my gait/pain issues. Happy songs include this classic from Oliver & Company ( NYC in the 1980s with Billy Joel) and Anastasia (1997)