Four and a half months after having a brain aneurysm rupture, things are slowly but surely returning to normal.
- This week, I go back to work. Slowly, four hours a day, three days a week for two weeks, increasing two hours every two weeks. I’ll be full-time in mid-September.
- Returned to the beach this week. Just a quick overnight trip, but it refreshed my soul. I was worried the heat and walking would be difficult for me. Standing in ocean as the water went in and out did cause some vertigo and my shelling stamina was down, but I had a great time and still found sharks teeth.
- Moving home. I’ve been staying at my mother’s house until I got my “out of the hospital and rehab legs.” I’m moving back in slowly, organizing my bed room as I go. (I have lived in four places in the last four months, and stuff is everywhere!)
- I’m cooking! At my house since I know my kitchen best. And I haven’t yet returned to cooking all day Sunday for the week ahead, but I’m not far from it.
- After three months of not driving, I’m driving without restrictions. I’ve become a better driver, having gone through training during rehab and also doing rehab with victims of some pretty bad accidents.
- My voice is still soft and a little raspy from the vocal fold surgery, but I’m seeing a speech therapist twice a week and doing exercises at home. No one besides me seems to be missing my loud voice. (Imagine that!)
- I’m back at the gym. Right now, I’m working with a nutritionist to re-adjust my eating from hospital food and Atlanta hot spots. I’m also working with a trainer two days a week to build my strength and work on my balance, and I’m doing cardio three days a week on the SCIFit, a piece of equipment I used during rehab.
Hopefully, by my next blog post, I’ll have even more to report. If some things I worked on at outpatient rehab, such as time management and minimizing distractions, stick, I’d say I’ll be a better person post-aneurysm than I was before. Time will tell.