Benjamin Franklin was thought to have said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
So, when you have taken the time to make plans and a freak concussion happens shortly thereafter, plans come to a screeching halt.
Now what Benjamin Franklin? Perhaps he would say, “Rest my dear, time for a latte.”
Days of laying perfectly still in a semi-darkened room, unable to wear my glasses, walking only to the washroom & and back, no screen-time of any kind, and limited noise. It got boring very fast. After a few weeks I began to realize that my plan’s would have to drastically change. I had already adapted to the movie-star syndrome of wearing sunglasses indoors which helped limit the brain strain. The reality of the circumstances was very frustrating and disappointing, to have Scotland trapped in my brain. Any type of loss takes time to grieve, and I did.
Brain Tip: don’t fret and get upset, because it overloads the brain too! Keep crying to a minimum.
My new word is ‘FLACCIDITY’ as in flexibility and adaptability. It’s about letting go, allowing the healing and changes that need to happen, happen. That is easier said, than done, as the reality is very challenging when you are coping with a new normal, praying it will only be temporary. Some days are just plain difficult when you can do nothing or you must rest more often than you are awake, thankfully they are countered with encouraging days of progress. Slug slow, but moving forward.
At the 2 month mark I was able to wear my glasses for periods of time, walk my dachshund Jordie around the half-block, work on the computer for short blocks of time, as long as I lay down for 30 to 60 minutes between activities. Sometimes I unknowingly push the limits of what I could do, and then I paid the price, usually the next day with a migraine or extreme fatigue.
10 months later I am finally able to work for several hours without straining the brain so much that I need to lie down. I still avoid driving if I can, amazingly it takes too much cognitive brain energy, that I would rather save that for other things like rewriting this post.
Do you know how amazing our brain is?
“The brain is the control centre for all the body’s functions, such as walking, talking, swallowing, breathing, taste, smell, heart rate and so on. It also controls all our thinking functions, our emotions, how we behave and all our intellectual (cognitive) activities, such as how we attend to things, how we perceive and understand our world and its physical surroundings, how we learn and remember and so on.” (www.acquiredbraininjury.com/)
Have you had to lay any plans aside? Lets journey together……..lots to discover along the way.
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A few photo’s from my research trip to the Isles & Highlands of Scotland, April 2016.
Marinda exploring black-house ruins on the Isle of Lewis, a few secrets to be found.
Marinda envisioning a wedding at Eilean Donan castle
Marinda walking down the royal path at Scone Castle, Perthshire.
16th century cruck ceiling, Briar cottage in Scotland
Cheers, to moving forward in 2017