Monthly Archives: July 2015

Celebrate the Small Things – SPEECH AND ANISOCORIA

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

It’s been a good week. My Speech Therapist and I had a conversation yesterday about speech progress until this point, and it has been good. Unfortunately, my speech allotment from Medicare is almost up, so we are dropping to one visit a week until it is exhausted (two-three more visits). We’re going to use those visits as maintenance visits. I will be put into real-life stressful scenarios by my ST and we will work through them using my speech strategies.

I went for a full vision exam this week and everything went well. The doctor did do an additional test when he noticed my pupils were unequal by about one millimeter. I advised him that it was a new normal for me since the bleed, and they’re not always unequal. The condition is known as Anisocoria. In most cases, it’s no big deal. He just wanted to make sure everything was cool. I heart doctors that really care.

I’m finally over the sore throat that was nagging me since last weekend. Feeling much better now.

Best of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!!

Do you have, or have heard of Anisocoria? Also, what have you all celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Redefining Disability Challenge – GRIEVING WHAT ONCE WAS

Hello blogger friends and welcome. Here is another post for the redfng-disblty2Redefining Disability Challenge started by Rose B. Fischer. If you click on the image to the left, you can see exactly what it’s all about and feel free to join. Answer as many of the 52 questions as you like, or the ones that pertain to you. There is no time limit. Answer them in one post, one a day, a week, or whatever fits your needs.

I’m going to spread the questions out over the remainder of the year since a lot of the questions pertain to me already. For today’s post I’m going to answer question(s) 22.

 22. What would you tell someone who has recently been diagnosed with your disabilities or disabilities that you are familiar with?  That’s a tough one. I know, because nothing anyone said to me when I was coherent enough to understand what was going on, made me feel any better.

It was as if I had to go through all five stages of the grieving process to get to where I am today. I would tell people they would most likely experience something similar.

Denial – Refusing to believe the diagnosis is true; there must be some mistake.

Anger – Expect it. Even now I have moments of anger, but nothing compared to what I first felt.

Bargaining – I tried a lot of this with God for a good three years during recovery. I pled all the time. ‘If you’ll just make me whole again and let me get back to EMS, I promise I’ll be a better EMT, person, friend… You name it, and I tried to bargain for it.

Depression – This went hand in hand with the bargaining. I still suffer from depression, but it’s mostly under control. I pray a lot, meditate, and focus on the things I still CAN do. I would tell anyone suffering depression after being diagnosed with a chronic illness or major medical incident to PLEASE get help if they feel too overwhelmed and helpless.

Sometimes family and friends aren’t enough. There is no shame in seeking professional help. Almost five years post-bleed and I still see my neuro-psychologist and psychiatrist. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Why? When all is said and done, I want to feel BETTER.

Acceptance – This took the longest for me. I know that everyone is different and processes their emotions and circumstances their own way. The only thing I can say to survivors is that eventually it can get better. Accepting the changes will come. Although I accept the ‘new’ me limitations and all. I’m still striving toward a better outcome: Fewer deficits, a sharper, more focused mind, and a chance to return to the workplace as a contributing member of society.

Most important, never give up on yourself. The body is an amazing creation. You have the power within you to make positive strides. Remember that.

 

 

 

THREE QUOTES CHALLENGE

Hey all! Friend and fellow blogger Jen has given me the Three Quotes Challenge. Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that it’s almost impossible for me to shy away from a challenge. 😀 Though I don’t call this a true challenge, I love quotes, so I’m in.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THINKING OF ME!

The rules of the road:

I – Post your favorite quotes or your own quotes for three (3) posts in a row.
II – Thank the person who nominated you.
III – Pass it on to three (3) other bloggers per quote, each time you post them.
IIIb–Or pass it from three (3) to nine (9) bloggers if you choose to post all the quotes together, in the same post.

Here are my three quotes:

BQ-frederickdouglass377775This quote (and picture) hits close to home. My left arm contracted to about this position nearly a year (give or take) post-stroke. A couple of months after exhausting my therapies, I discussed the pain and inability to move it to my original neurologist.

His words, to paraphrase, were “You suffered a life altering event. You’re lucky to be alive. You’ll learn to live with it.” It was an unacceptable response and I found another neurologist and a rehabilitation doctor. Further testing showed I had a frozen shoulder from the hemorrhage/stroke and scar tissue from my partially torn rotator cuff. I was given exercises to do until I was eligible for more physical therapy the following year. I now have nearly 80% range of motion in my left arm and shoulder. TAKE THAT, DR. Y!!!

BQ-cslewis119176That’s right, and I’m not letting anything stop me because of some stupid things called obstacles. See, I finally got it.

Maybe all the progress during the first half of the year has inflated my ego a little, maybe I got tired of the way some people have been treating me, or maybe it’s been a combination of both. I don’t know. What I do know is that Little Ms. Eva over here is on a mission of goal setting and dream weaving. I’m not going to stop until I get what I want. Don’t worry; no one needs to jump off the deep end! I’m not planning on setting unattainable goals or dreaming ‘Impossible Dreams”. 😀 Pushing myself a little harder and reaching a little higher is the plan, that’s all.

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I couldn’t resist this one because the baby seal was so cute, and I figured this was a good time for an ‘Awww’ moment.  🙂

 

 

 

Now, the three bloggers I’m choosing for this Challenge are:  Melissa Maygrove, Lady Jai, and Kitt O’Malley.

Do you have any quotes you’d like to share? I love positive, inspirational, motivational, and uplifting quotes. Funny and cute work too! 🙂
 

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – A GOOD WEEK

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

I’m celebrating the fact that I got my appointments for the week done on Monday. Amazing what a pocket calendar and a homework checking Speech Therapist can do. It’s becoming habit again now, and I’m happy. I’m focusing on making appointments in an organized fashion, with as many on a single day as possible.

My ST keeps me in check and says that once I get back into the habit of doing this on a regular basis, it’ll come naturally again. It’s different from my to-do lists. Back in my EMS days, I was lost without my calendar. It’s good to know that it’s coming back to me now.

After all my appointments, I whipped it out to schedule my follow-ups, even though some are months away. I used to get appointment cards and wound up losing them. I feel like another important part of me has come back. 😀

Sophie is in NJ again until Monday, so that gives me some time to get more researching and editing done. I’m also celebrating the fact that I’ve been slowly improving my social media presence.

Best of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Access makes invisible

Jo Traveller

Constant access to anything makes it invisible. Gratitude brings it back into focus.

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I live in the Rocky Mountains in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I am surrounded by stunning natural beauty and encounter wild animals almost daily. I have often wondered if I’ve become complacent in my awe of this place until I was recently struck by a thought that cut deep into my existence.

On a recent road trip with my family I was daydreaming and gazing out the car window when out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of something common, but saw it with new eyes.  What I saw was a group of tourists on the side of the road taking photos of a handful of bighorn sheep. As I watched the visitors inch closer to the dangerous wild animals I was struck first with concern for their well being then harsh criticism over…

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