Barely Using The Cane!
The last time I updated on my TBI recovery I was transitioning from two crutches to one cane. That was a big step, and a scary one at first.
I started when I felt really balanced to walk without the cane in the house. Staying downstairs and always having a hand on something, it only took me a couple of weeks to feel like I didn’t need the cane in the house anymore at all.
So, I have now been walking unassisted outside. Very carefully! I always have my cane with me(better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it). Rarely have I needed to use it.
Increased Activity Level
I started going out in the mornings and helping with the morning chores. It is good exercise and it’s nice to get out in the fresh air and around the horses.
Judge Me If You Wish, But I Wear My Riding Helmet When I Do Barn Chores
It probably sounds strange, but I still feel sometimes wobbly on uneven ground. Also, every once in a while I will get suddenly dizzy. I CAN’T risk hitting my head again at this point in my recovery. It’s just not worth the risk so when I’m in the barn working I have my helmet on.
It is a good habit that I intend to get all our farm students into whenever the program starts back up. Helmet on your head anytime you are in the barn whether working with the horses on the ground or getting ready to ride. Safety first!!! Some people take it lightly. Once you have lost two years of your life from an accident that could possibly have been avoided if you had a helmet on, it is a lot easier to see the importance of it. Remember people, you only have one brain and it is very complex and VERY fragile.
As expected with increased activity level my headaches have been worse. Luckily, the medication I have seems to be able to keep it from becoming a full-blown migraine if I catch it and take it soon enough. The barometric pressure here has been all over the place as well, which I believe contributes to my headaches.
The more activity I do, the more I realize that my vision is still off. My depth perception is no good, which makes walking on uneven ground extra challenging.
My eyes are also tiring more easily, which causes me to have double vision now more often than I have been before I was able to become more active.
This has been a huge issue these last few weeks. With my bodies response to more activity changing, I have had trouble regulating how much I do. Which has caused me to have more crash days.
Hopefully, with time and listening to what my body tells me I will learn to manage my activity levels so I don’t end up feeling like death afterwards!
Since increasing my activity level I have had a lot more trouble with brain fog. I get confused easily, and I’m more forgetful than usual. It is hard to explain. It is sort of like when your brain and body get exhausted they put you in “battery saver mode” which causes your brain to get a much-needed break. At least that how it feels to me. Unfortunately, the only way that I have found to get rid of that is to rest, lay down, or take a nap for a while.
I’m Still On My Recovery Journey!
I’m still on the journey, but I’m so happy and proud of my progress. Though I know that some of the symptoms like my vision issues or my neuro fatigue and brain fog may never completely go away, I’m still making progress and I sure as h*ll aren’t stopping now!