Category Archives: Independent Living

Coping, discovering, finding a way…

       Although the things I’ve described so far seem dark and unforgiving, somehow I was able to cope with what happened.  I did indeed wander aimlessly through the confines of uncertainty and grief yet I still ponder what it was … Continue reading

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Now what…

            Where did I go?  Did I go anywhere?  Where did my understanding go?  Where do I start to fill up the nothing?   What now?  Where were all these questions coming from but most frightening, how and where do I … Continue reading

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So long work, hello label…

My supervisor Scott was very supportive of my attempt to work from the moment I came back and felt his hug in the hallway.  He was also watching me like a hawk.  There were days when co-workers would stop by … Continue reading

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The mirror doesn’t lie…

It took everything I had, physically, emotionally, and cognitively to go back to work.  The physical and cognitive fatigue of attempting to work full time, to get from one place to the other was overwhelming.  My body felt compressed and … Continue reading

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What was my work history prior to all this happening?

          So, what kind of work history did I have prior to all this happening?   I think I have an eclectic resume of employment that never bored me, and always challenged me.  I began my employment history, like almost every … Continue reading

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Making it up, making believe

So, there I was, finished with physical therapy.  As if the 12 weeks I was afforded by my health insurance had made some miraculous change in me…  Sorry to say, it didn’t.  I wobbled, banged, crashed, stumbled and fell just … Continue reading

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An Anatomy Lesson

I believe it would be helpful to provide some basic anatomical information to provide you with a better understanding to what a vestibular system is and why it’s so important to our connection to our surroundings, our center and, to … Continue reading

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Disconnected

It was very much as if I were a child learning how to sit, stand, or walk.  I held no concept to my connection to perception, to perceiving where I was in space.  Through what were most likely basic survival … Continue reading

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Ah, the Joys of Physical Therapy…

It took weeks for the proper paperwork between insurance and referrals to coordinate so I could begin physical therapy that, as the doctor had put it, will help me “get use to it” referring to the damage the antibiotic Gentamicin … Continue reading

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Noise, Noise, Noise

     The ride home with Mom was spent in painful silence.  Neither of us could come up with anything to say.  But in my head there were incredibly noisy screams of fear, anger, confusion and uncertainty.  What the hell was … Continue reading

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