Okay, I’m gonna get personal here. I haven’t posted in over eight months, and there’s a big reason. In November 2010, I was on the way home with my hubby. We watched Cirque du Soleil and had dinner with my cousin, Bi. A car hit us.
I don’t remember anything after that, but my husband tells me that I dialed 9-1-1. I was in the hospital from November until May of this year. A long time. I shuttled between three hospitals. I had a traumatic brain injury. I had a PEG tube inserted for nutrition, so imagine tube feeding being pumped in your stomach for 6 months. I developed hydrocephalus. In January I had a shunt placed in my head. I can finally eat now and had my PEG tube removed. My head was lopsided for a bit because of the shunt. I gave birth to a premature baby and don’t even remember it. All I have is a scar, no pain, just fogginess of when I gave birth to her.
Because I could barely talk, I was frustrated a lot. I learned how to write with my left hand. I would pine for my husband to get home from work, and when 5:45 pm hit, I was so happy he would come back. My friends from California would come visit and fill in the empty spaces. My sister-in-law quit her job and, I think because of me, moved over to Texas to become a nurse because she had met so many bad ones. I was in rehab in the hospital, and spent hours doing occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. I could barely control my drool and was embarrassed a lot. I recently mastered it and now can walk slowly with a cane, talk clearly, and not drool.
Eight months later, I’m still in rehab but at home, thankfully. I have rehab three times a week and can walk with a cane now, a big improvement from using a wheelchair. I can talk now, and my double vision is gone. My right arm isn’t where I’d like it to be, and typing this is taking forever and a day. I can go out now, and I’m loving it.
So for those of you who have wondered, this is where I’ve been. I made a super long story really short. I’ll continue to post so check back once in awhile, but do understand it’s hard because I don’t have complete function in my right arm. Talk to y’all later!