This week was filled with lots of spring time activities. Because of the week of sunshine we’ve had I’ve spent a lot of time outside working in the garden and the barn.
We also have a bummer lamb this year. She’s a week old and was enamored with tulips this afternoon.
Spring term also started! I’m finishing up my Chemistry sequence and am starting Anatomy and Physiology. I’m excited.
And, well, I manged to bang my forehead hard while working down at the barn yesterday. One of the reasons I’ve been paranoid to work around the farm is for that exact reason and it finally happened. I barely noticed it last night, but it’s been pretty sore to day. Praying that it’s just my forehead and that the ol’ noggin is still okay! I’ve been taking lots of neuroflam and white willow so hopefully that will keep my brain from getting too upset!
On Friday I spent about four hours organizing our garage. It hadn’t been properly looked after since my last concussion and it was a mess. Of course, sorting stuff meant that now everything that didn’t belong in the garage has been dumped in the other outbuildings. I guess those are next on the list.
On Saturday I started building a new sheltered pen for the sheep to stay in at night. Fingers crossed that I can finish it tomorrow!
Also on Saturday I attended an 80-year-old friend’s birthday party and had a different friend over to watch What Not To Wear and to look over her wardrobe. We are going shopping this week and she wanted help thinking her clothing choices out.
Sunday mostly consisted of church, napping and hanging out with my family and grandpa who’s visiting this week.
I’ve spent the weekend in Seattle visiting one of my best friends. She and I are “health” buddies and both know what it’s like to feel awful at times. It’s always nice to have someone in your life who can empathize and not just sympathize. We’ve pretty much lazed around watching Amazing Race and Fixer Upper, and as of this evening, played Cribbage and Rummy. It’s been low-key which has been very relaxing.
I was more than a little nervous about the drive up (it took about 4 hours) and the last hour my eyes were starting to get really tired. But then my best friend from California called and I talked to her the last 45 minutes of the drive and that distracted me/woke me up and I made it safely here. Now fingers crossed for the trip home tomorrow!
I’m feeling so refreshed about the new year! I had an hour to myself last Sunday to sit down and try to plan things out with different goals for weekly, monthly and year-long time frames. I’m feeling grateful for maturity in setting goals and the health to actually be able to accomplish goals.
After taking a hiatus, I’m hopefully back to blogging regularly! Feels good to be back.
This week I started classes at the community college. This time I’m taking Calculus and Chemistry, along with Ballet. It’s always a little overwhelming the first week as I get the hang of how much time each class takes, but I think things are starting to settle down.
School got off to an interesting start as the first day was canceled due to a “snow” day, which was really an ice day. The roads around us were slick until around noon. We got freezing rain off and on Sunday, so that was exciting. Andrew tried to leave to head back down to OSU but quickly slid (safely) off the road and gave up. We tromped down the hill to help him carry stuff back up and while helping unload things another car going up the hill had to stop as it was just spinning it’s wheels. We ended up helping them park right behind Andrews car. It was the only safe spot on the hill to park off the road, so we are grateful to God that he didn’t slid into a ditch! After getting back home we settled in for another evening of playing games and watching movies. But it felt good to get back to our normal routine on Tuesday!
I’ve been rather overwhelmed the past two weeks… I got slammed with a giant graphics design project to finish up and spent most of Thanksgiving week, weekend and the beginning of this week squeezing as much time as I could into it. Today I just finished up my last project for that class, so that was a good feeling.
Thanksgiving was very enjoyable! Including my family it was about 30 people. A good sized group! We had family and friends over and it was pretty relaxing as I didn’t let myself near the computer. This week my Aunt and Uncle are visiting from California, so that’s been a treat. 🙂
Today’s been rough. I had too much salt last night at a family party and slept on the couch last night, and I think I am about to do the same tonight. Sigh. At least there’s a way for me to get comfortable! I’m a little surprised it hasn’t drained more already. I have discovered that taking nettle seems to help keep it draining, so I guess I’m off to take some more of that and my anti-inflammatories.
Tis the season of Christmas parties! Went to one last night with a brother to celebrate some friend’s newly remodeled house. It was fun to see all the thought and detail that went into it. We didn’t stay long as I was feeling so off and came home and watched Anne of Green Gables with my mom and Aunt and all was well with the world for a few moments.
Still dealing with balance issues. I know in the world of brain problems it customary to have highs and lows. I’m still in the trough, just hoping I don’t slide down any more!
The good news is I think my immune system is finally back to normal and I’ve felt well for a few days now. The bad news is that my eyes and ears still aren’t working together and I feel like things are getting more fragile the longer I go off balance. Yesterday, I was able to spend most of the day up and working, but then by dinner time my face was flushed which is a sign that I’ve over done it. I made it to church today, so I think I recovered okay.
The other day while doing yoga, I was a couple minutes in and I all of a sudden heard “static” in my left ear. This freaked me out! I immediately laid down and it went away after a few minutes, but yeah, it creeped me out the rest of the day. Thankfully I have an appointment with the functional neurologist this week, so I will be asking them about it.
Brain Science Podcasts – Currently listening to number 120 with Dr. Taub. Much easier to understand what they are talking about now that I’ve read Norman Doidge’s book The Brain That Changes Itself.
I had a Chemistry midterm last week and found out that I did decently well on it, so that was nice!
I went to my first VEDA (Vestibular Disorder Association) support group (see link above) and it was a good experience. At least once I got there. I’ll write more about it on Wednesday.
My week has been crummy but things are finally looking up. I’ve been dealing with some sort of low grade cold that had settled in my bad ear making me feel low grade dizzy. I finally switched up my immune supplements and am feeling much better and my ear and lymph nodes are draining.
I felt good enough on Saturday to hang out with a friend of mine. We went to the Pittock mansion and then had some delicious Chai Tea afterwards. It was so refreshing to get out and do something tourist-y.
Oh my goodness! On Thursday I realized I had completely missed my midweek posting. So sorry! Next week, the long awaited therapy video is coming.
After the week I’ve had it’s no wonder that I missed doing my blog post this week, Here’s how my weeks turned out. It started on Sunday staying up late helping with a friend’s family crisis. I had a Chemistry midterm Tuesday evening. And to top it all off, I’ve been under a deadline to try and draw up some house plans for some friends who are building a house. It’s been super fun (and I totally volunteered to do it!), but I have a tendency to lose track of time while I’m doing it and not take care of myself. Which is probably why I’m still sick and now I think I’m getting an ear infection. Argh.
The picture above is of my second project for my graphics design class. We had to create a monster out of an animal, a machine and a fruit. I think it turned out well! I used a shark, a swimming pool vacuum and a pineapple to create my lovely creature of the sea.
This weekend some of my family is heading to Corvallis to visit my brother. I’m staying home because the ear issue makes me really tired when I drive. And hopefully I’ll finish healing! I’m off to go watch a movie and soak my ear in garlic oil. Wish me luck!
Well, first off, my women’s retreat was a success. So thankful for how well it went. I even felt like I was on vacation and since I did most of the running of it, I wasn’t sure if I would feel like I was working the whole time. Also, I didn’t get dizzy which was amazing. I did have one sort of “panic/stress out” moment and my “hydrops” ear filled up so I did have to watch my salt. BUT, I didn’t get dizzy and that’s the first time I’ve gotten ready for a trip that I haven’t gotten dizzy.
I wrote earlier this week about my eye going wonky thanks to watching Avengers: Age of Ultron. I think it was just way to much action for my brain. My right eye started feeling like it was digging into my nose and it made me really tired. Since starting the new exercises I’ve had so much more energy this week, so that’s been refreshing.
School is going really well. Taking chemistry and graphic design has proved to be the perfect mix between being out of the house, having homework, and stretching my brain and reestablishing new connections.
Today it was really windy and I went on a walk with my mom. By the end, as I was waiting to get the keys to open the door into the house, a huge gust hit and it felt like the house was moving on me. I then promptly took a forty minute nap!
I’m on the home stretch of organizing our church’s first women’s retreat. This coming week I’ll be taking a break from blogging so I can devote time to finalizing all the details for the retreat next weekend.
This week I had my first chemistry test. I didn’t do great on it, but I’m focusing on it being a victory to just be able to take a test!
I started watching Avengers: The Age of Ultron this evening with my family. Whew, those action movies are simply exhausting for my eyes when I watch them on our larger screen! I lasted for about 1 1/2 hours before my eyes gave out, so I guess we’ll finish it tomorrow!