Probably Seems Like A Contradiction
Normally, I have been the one saying ” you can do it”, “keep pushing yourself” and “don’t give up. Telling myself those things has been a big part of what has helped me get to where I’m today.
Recovery Has And Will Continue To Be A Long Process
I can walk unassisted now. Also, my energy level has improved as I have been able to do more. I’m back at the barn helping with chores every day.
Headaches are still a daily issue, my vision still isn’t right and I do have neuro fatigue and just need a crash day from time to time if I overdo it. Which, seems to happen often since I have been doing more and having to learn what my new limitations are.
Well, let’s just say yesterday I found at the hard way that I have become a little overly confident about what I can and can’t do. Luckily, it just resulted in being banged up and bruised. Not to mention soaking wet because I ended up taking a surprise dunk in the river. Here’s the whole story…
My Surprise Dunk In The Magothy
I wishing fishing with my nephews off our family’s pier. Some of our rods and tackle we keep up at the house and just carry down with us when we go. The rest is up on the boat.
When I say up on the boat, the reason I say that is because the Jenny Bird stays on a boat lift, which when it is raised all the way up( which it was)is quite higher than the pier boards.
For those of you who may not be familiar with boat lifts, they are attached to the pier pilings, so there is a very small space between the pier boards and the boat.
I have been in and out of the boat on the lift quite a few times recently, without any issues. I mean, it wasn’t easy. It was definitely a stretch with my vision and balance but up until yesterday I had made out just fine.
After all the drama, I honestly can’t remember why I had climbed up in the boat in the first place. I made it in just fine. It was the jumping out of the boat part that went to hell in a handbasket in the blink of an eye.
The Pier Wasn’t Where My Eyes Said It Should Be
My depth perception is still an issue. It has been since the beginning. It may have improved a little, luckily in most cases I have learned to adapt to it.
Well, yesterdays my eyes failed me. I got done whatever I was doing in the boat and climbed on the side of the boat and pushed off. Confident that I was going to make it to the pier.
I was wrong. It happened so fast. Luckily, I some how managed to get my hands out in front of me to keep my head from hitting the pier boards as I came down. I took the brunt of the fall with my neck and back since when I pushed back I ended up pushing into the boat because the space was so small.
Oliver To The Rescue
Ollie was on the pier and started freaking out. I was pretty freaked out to but trying to calm him down. For some reason or somehow, Ollie hit the switch on the boat life and it started coming down. Very, very slowly but still, it was coming down. Luckily, Ollie figured out how to turn off the lift.
It definitely took me a moment to get my bearings back before I could do anything to get out of the water. My upper body isn’t strong enough at the moment that I could hoist myself up onto the pier. I swam towards the yard, and then waded where the water got shallow.
The rocks up along the bulkhead are covered in algae and very slippery. Not to mention, there were some rocks under the water that in my hurry to get out didn’t even notice where there. So, I twisted my left ankle pretty hard on the way to solid ground.
I don’t think it is sprained or anything. It just feels like it got overextended and now it is super tight feeling when I flex it.I’m sure it will be just fine in a couple of days.
Banged And Bruised
Luckily for me, someone was watching over me, or luck was on my side for once. I’m banged and bruised up pretty bad. It could have been so much worse though. God forbid if I would have hit my head again. Or been knocked out with only my 6-year-old nephew close by.
I don’t even want to think about what kind of mess I would be in right now if I would have hit my head again.
It Was 100 % My Fault
I should have known better. I know my eye sight is off and sometimes I still have balance problems even though I can walk. Not major balance problems like I did before but, I still lose my footing sometimes and have brief dizzy spells.
Doing so much lately has just made me feel so much more like myself again. Almost like a “normal person”. I’m still recovering though… I was having fun, got overly confident and got hurt because of it.
Lesson learned, I need to keep my recovery in prospective. I’m doing great, but I still have a long way to go and I can’t get too cocky. I was just hanging out and having fun, not even thinking about my T.B.I and then BOOM, I get a surprise wet reminder! At least the water is warm now! A month ago the water would have been freezing cold. Talk about a shock! That would have been a big one!
There Was A Little Humor In It
When I fell I lost my hat. At first, I thought it was gone for good. Then we saw it floating on the other side of the pier. I was out of the water by then and not in the mood to get back in! So my dad grabbed a fishing rod and cast until he got my hat and reeling it back in! It was no worse for wear!
The other funny part was when I was sitting on the deck with my beach towel drying off and Ollie comes and sit’s next to me and with the most serious voice ever he says ” I’m glad you are still alive Auntie”. Maybe it doesn’t sound funny now, but it was at the time!
- Don’t be cocky and overestimate what I’m capable of. In other words, think before I do something dumb.
- Unplug the boat lift electric when out on the pier with little kids just in case you end up falling under the boat! If he would have turned the handles the other way they would have brought the boat up instead of down. Since it already was up, the cables would have snapped, the Jenny Bird would have dropped fast and I would have been in big trouble or not sitting here alive writing this post.
- Always wear your bathing suit on the pier, just in case you make a dumb mistake and fall in!