Each day things continue to improve. I have come to the conclusion that the heat is my worst enemy during recovery right now. Even if I am in the heat for just five minutes the brain swelling flares up making for a very uncomfortable day. I try to avoid being in the heat as much as possible but still try to resume my normal day-to-day activities at home.
Completing schoolwork online has been difficult this week because of the swelling, which I believe is sometimes triggered by too much stimulation of the computer/phone. I utilize my daytime to put a lot of emphasis on healing by doing lots of walking and physical therapy indoors.
Once the sun starts to go down I try to get out of the house and run errands. This week has been full of surprises. God never ceases to amaze me. I spent my Labor Day with my precious big, Haley Simpson. She made a stop to spend the night with me in Birmingham before she went back to school from the short break! Although I was not feeling my best, I loved getting to spend time with her.
On Tuesday, I got an unexpected phone call from the University of Alabama Crimson White Newspaper asking if I would do an interview sharing my story. Of course, I was so excited for this opportunity to spread brain health awareness. Wednesday I had the interview here in Birmingham and the interview will be in Monday’s paper! I will be sure to post the link on my social media accounts and on the blog.
Later on in the week my mom and I had a great time shopping and eating dinner at Olive Garden. Let me just say that after shopping for just two hours, I was exhausted and slept like a baby that night. The last surprise of the week came today in an email! I received an email from a woman in my area that is suffering from an eleven-millimeter cyst (almost the exact same size as mine)! Emails from people who say that this blog has helped or encouraged them makes every moment of this journey worthwhile!
Even though I have not achieved my overall goal of returning back to Tuscaloosa, I am continuing to take things one day at a time and eagerly awaiting the return of fall weather. Achieving that goal is just around the corner! I have learned to listen to my body and realize that it has only been seven weeks in the recovery process. I constantly remind myself that everything comes in time!
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