Wednesday, December 9, 2009

AND MORE

The progress has been so impressive the past couple of days, I'm able to type this sentence with only a few typos to correct so far, close to what is "normal" for my decades of two finger hunt-and-peck technique.

Though the accuracy diminishes the more words I write (so that there were only a few typos I had to correct in that first sentence, but I've already had to correct several more in just the first phrase of this one!).

Another telling thing about the brain (at least mine). That initially it seems to function better and better each day since the surgery, but begins to deteriorate (took me fix attempts to finally get that last word right) almost immediately and more so as I and the day go on. So that by evening, when I'm pretty tired, even if I've taken a nap, I'm back several days in my progress. But still further ahead than I was when this all began.

Today's my first day of "occupational therapy" at an institute in a nearby town that I believe is where Woody Guthrie ended his days (and where the young and not-yet-recorded Bob Dylan visited him), as well as Dudley Moore (!).

Many moments of "normalcy" these past few days, the most difficult thing for me now is going out and encountering people more than one at a time. I feel overwhelmed and have to focus on just one. It tires me out as well. But for those worried I'm overdoing it, I'll learn if I am today at the therapy, but also I can feel when it's too much or tiring me and I remove myself from the situation.

[I'm referring to the few times I've gone out to Whole Foods or the pharmacy etc., and always with a friend or family member who's doing the driving and looking out for me.]

Anyway, grateful my progress has been pretty consistent and hope for the same for others going through anything similar.

4 comments:

Flow said...

Hey it feels pretty miraculous that you are able to write so lucidly about your daily recovery.I'm so happy to read your blog! Especially since everytime I'm at home and its a good time to call I'm not in a very sociable mood(long day at studio,errands,openings,dinners etc). It will happen but in the meanwhile it's reassuring and pleasurable to read your thoughts on line. Kisses to Flynn. Tonite Nao is at the first viewing of the film she is in. Its a reunion of all the actors and crew,so quite a celebration. I'm off to bed with a book. Keep the faith!!Love Leslie

Flow said...

Hey it feels pretty miraculous that you are able to write so lucidly about your daily recovery.I'm so happy to read your blog! Especially since everytime I'm at home and its a good time to call I'm not in a very sociable mood(long day at studio,errands,openings,dinners etc). It will happen but in the meanwhile it's reassuring and pleasurable to read your thoughts on line. Kisses to Flynn. Tonite Nao is at the first viewing of the film she is in. Its a reunion of all the actors and crew,so quite a celebration. I'm off to bed with a book. Keep the faith!!Love Leslie

RJ Eskow said...

I'm grateful, too - very grateful.

Elisabeth said...

I don't know you, Lally, but I too have been impressed by your determination and rapid improvement in face of such huge obstacles.

It gives me heart and hope for my own future struggles, especially the bodily ones which will come soon enough.