Things ARE Getting Back to Normal

For 10 days straight, I’ve gotten to work on time, by 8:30 a.m. That may not sound like a big feat, but it has been. Not to blame the aneurysm, but since I had it, I’ve been moving slower. Things take a little longer, and I suppose that I haven’t been prioritizing my time well.

One “bonus” of the aneurysm is that I appear to get experience vertigo with the weather change. I woke up with it yesterday and went to bed with it last night. Last night, I took some meds before I went to bed. When my alarm went off, I not only slept through it, I woke up thinking it was Saturday. Sister shut off the alarm, and I went back to sleep. It wasn’t until 8:16 a.m. that I woke up and realize that it wasn’t Saturday.

I stayed in bed for a few minutes to gather my thoughts. I was tempted to take time off and stay home until my 2:30 p.m. doctor’s appointment, but thought better of it. I texted my boss, Robert, to let him know that I was running late and made it a priority to get to work ASAP. We had Toastmasters at 9 a.m., and as president I open the meeting, so I also texted someone at the office to take my place.

Long story short, I made it to work by 9:05 a.m. and even arrived in time to participate in Toastmasters Table Topics. I was even recognized as one of several people who used the “word of the day.” What I did to get ready was the real victory. I decided to be at work in time for Table Topics, and anything that didn’t directly support that, I didn’t do.

  • I didn’t reply to the cute guy who texted me at 6:45 a.m.
  • I didn’t do my morning Lumosity “brain games,” which I consider part of my rehab.
  • I didn’t check social media or Words with Friends.
  • I didn’t turn the TV on.
  • I didn’t have oatmeal, but opted instead for a protein bar on the way out the door.
  • I didn’t lollygag, and when I found myself staring into space as I sometimes do early in the morning, I got back to the task at hand.

Again, making it in isn’t something miraculous, but in my post-aneurysm world, it marked significant progress. And I am excited.

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