Hello, and welcome to a “Thankful Thursday!” The year is almost over and I hope it was a good one for all of you. It was full of a lot of changes for me, and, good or bad, they were still changes. Our brains love repitition and consistancy. This is not always feasible, and we need to adapt to this. It most likely will not happen in one day, but it can and will eventually become second nature. I will give you my example of my coffee pot progress.

When I came here in June, I was already going through many changes.  I had to get an address change, forward my mail, and contact Social Security to let them know about my changes.  If you have ever had to deal with Social Security, you know that it is not the easiest thing in theContinue reading “Hello, and welcome to a “Thankful Thursday!” The year is almost over and I hope it was a good one for all of you. It was full of a lot of changes for me, and, good or bad, they were still changes. Our brains love repitition and consistancy. This is not always feasible, and we need to adapt to this. It most likely will not happen in one day, but it can and will eventually become second nature. I will give you my example of my coffee pot progress.”

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you! It is a calm time for many right now, as all of the presents have been wrapped and the have been cooked. I am going to take some of this time to reflet and comprehend what Christmas actually MEANS TO ME. It is going to be very low-key and relaxing, compared to past Christmases. This is how it should be, and I am happy that I will have this experience. I hope and pray that all of you will be able to spend time with friends and family. I am making sure that I do not experience over-stimulation so I can enjoy and truley appreciate what Christmas really means to me. God bless you!

It is FABULUOUS FRIDAY! I started out this morning by using our new rowing machine. There is a technique to it, which I will tell you now. You can break it down and there are many examples on-line. I like the concept2 video, but, as I said, there are many more. It’s just like riding a bike, but this is assuming you DO know how to ride a bike! I have trouble riding a bike for an extended period of time because of my right foot and toes. My toes and my right foot have not built up enough strength yet, so when they are tired and worn out, they start to curl and cause problems. There are exercises I can do to improve their mobility and dexterity, but again it takes practice and time. Time cannot always be on your side, but doing something is ALWAYS better than doing NOTHING! So I hope we can all take some time this weekend and this Christmas season to count our blessings and share and give some love and time to those who are closest to us. God bless you and your families and have a Christmas full of JOY and PEACE!

Hello, and happy Thursday! I hope your day has been going better than mine so far! First of all, I used our new rowing machine for 5 minutes. Towards the end, I could feel my toes on my right foot begin to curl. Darn it! Just another friendly reminder that I STILL have a TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY! But, as difficult and trying as it was, I still did it. Then I tried to print out some papers from my laptop. I just couldn’t get it to work! How frustrating! BUT, here is the silver lining. My boyfriend, who works on computers for a living, found the cause. This surfacepro and the printer just simply do not mesh. To prove the point, he went to another computer and got it to print. So, if it will not work one way, why not just try an alternative? The computer-printer connection did not work the first time because I have a TBI. I have to be careful and remind myself that whenever I get frustrated or stuck, the reason is not always because of a TBI. We ALL have to remember this and not blame ourselves. So, my toes curled on my fight foot because of my TBI, but the reson the printer didn’t work was NOT because of my TBI. I printd out some information and forms from the other computer, so it all worked out in the end. God bless you and I wish you all safe travels this holiday season!

Hello, and happy Monday (it’s almost Tuesday while I’m writing this, fyi!)! Today, I did an intense 45 minute workout. It involved unnatural and different moves that one would seldom use in real life. It was intense, but I did finish it. I brought more air into my lungs and brain, and made new brain connections by working different parts of my body. It made me feel SO MUCH BETTER when I was finished, and that was able to carry me though the day. Please let me know what you do to help you through the day, okay? Okay! Thanks, and God bless you all!

What to write about today? Doctor appointments! I will start with that. I had an appointment yesterday. In pre-doctor-preparation (pdp), I wrote down all of the questions I had for my doctor. Then I wrote it on the computer and printed out 3 copies. I even received a nice “reminder text” the night before, so I slept well. We got there early, allowed time to locate parking, and time to fill out the new patient forms. I thought, “we’ve got this down pat! That’s what comes from preparation and planning! We RULE!” I had time to spare when I was called back. I gave the doctor the notes I had printed out. We went through the typical check-up procedures. Blood pressure, vision, walking=good, good, and GOOD! Access to my previous medical records was granted to them with my signature. I thought I was going to come out of this STRONG! But then, I was asked about the date and year of my car accident and subsequent brain injury. I just froze. I just could not recall the exact date, as this actual incident has been blotted out from my recall wiring. I started to become disappointed in myself, slam myself, for not being able to recall one of the most prominent experiences in my life. But I signed the release of information form. The date is there, no doubt. Another highlight was remembering to bring along my social security forms that required doctor signatures. And I remember to give them to her. So, all in all, it was a success. I took care of and accomplished the most important and vital things I needed to accomplish. So, that’s that! God bless you all and have a wonderful day!

Hello, and happy Friday, December 8th! I am working on my posture today, and hope to continue doing so. It is actually not that easy. I was in a medically-induced coma for about a month many years ago. I moved to a wheelchair later and eventually re-learned how to walk. I had a lot of “down-time,” meaning I was not able to utilize my full rangers of motion. I had more on my mind than good posture at that time, but it really is important. I will expand more on this later. It is getting closer and closer to Christmas and the holiday season, and that means a lot of visual, mental, and emotional factors to take in. It can consume you and sneak up on you. During this time, listen to what your body and mind are telling you. If you don’t have the energy to go Christmas shopping, for example, SAY SO! You can always reschedule, pick different times, and pick different days. Ask yourself, “If I’m not ALL IN FOR IT TODAY, is it worth going? This should be a fun, happy, and exciting time. Take time and make an effort to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, and we will be able to make it through with a smile. God bless you and have a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Monday! I have been thinking about ALL OF THE THINGS I could accomplish today, that I WANTED to accomplish today, and it is going, um, alright, I guess. I worked out, did some writing and reading, and that’s about it. I have a lot more to do, but I am just simply TIRED. My body isn’t tired, it’s my brain. Does anyone else feel like this? And then, when my brain tells me it is tired and needs a “time out,” another part of my brain gets FURIOUS at the “time out” part of my brain. How DARE you get tired! You havne’t done ANYTHING today to justify this! Take a hot shower and do a little work! There is still more time in the day, so I have that going for me! I can still get things done, finish things, it simply takes me longer. So? So what? It will all get done, just not all at once, right here, right now. I am trying to allow myself to “be okay with that.” God bless all of you and have a MARVELOUS MONDAY!

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! It is DECEMBER! When did this happen? It happened last night, I’m sure you are all saying! It is going to BE A GREAT MONTH, because I plan on MAKING IT THAT WAY! While I am not that energetic at the moment, that’s because I did a workout and I pushed myself more than I thought I could at the end. I am happy to report that I am still alive and even feeling well enough to write this! I have found some great articles related to music and the multiple ways it works in your brain. I will try to forward the link to you. I have some experience with music in my life, as I played the clarinet and later the saxophone in junior high and high school. I learned to read music, and down the road, I learned how to LISTEN and HEAR what other members of ths orchestra where playing. This allows us to “communicate” with one another. Listen to the beat of the drums and FOLLOW THAT SOUND. Listen to the others and help them join along. Remeber, it is not just a flute that makes an entire orchestra, it is EVERYONE! Thanks and God bless you! Have a great weekend!