A knock on the head…a new beginning...

        (Originally posted on my Tumblr blog)

I landed in Denver on August 31st 2011. On Sept. 9th while putting things away in the kitchen on a small stool I slipped on some water from the open dishwasher, hit the corner of a wall on my temple and suffered a major concussion, days of vomiting and emergency room visits followed. It wasn’t my first, in fact I’ve had a few concussions, but none have taken me on this road before.

I had had a traumatic brain injury. A year of not being able to walk, talk, or feel like I was in my body followed.

I was an artist, a designer, and an editor in my former life, now I don't know who I am.

A new friend recommended a great Yoga teacher who could come to my house and give me private lessons, twice a week, it helps, I love it, love the music.

Oh I didn’t tell you all... I lost music in one of my concussions... it all sounded like noise, and for a clubbing girl from New York that was tough—I loved Music.

But its back!!!!  Yay. 

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It’s still very hard putting words down. Never the greatest typer, it is now almost impossible. One very slow finger and a brain that types words I’m not thinking. It’s frustrating. I still see people looking at me like they’re waiting for something—a response… yeah, sometimes that takes awhile. I often feel inappropriate... I’m sort of on a three-second delay... I see the car door opening and my brain says “now what?”, Ohhh you want me to get out... yeah that takes a moment. I tell everyone to please excuse my three-second delay.

Crossing the street is tough—not sure when to go... takes a little longer. Noticed that when I'm tired I start bending over to the right side and my speech starts to go. I walked and talked like I had a stroke the first six months... my husband said it was very scary, I was just gone.

But it is definitely better. At least I’m driving and I know what the lights mean, that took awhile. My car was filled with post it notes. Green GO, Red STOP, Yellow YIELD.

Don’t worry I drive carefully on back roads... no highways!