Thanks to everyone who has stepped up recently to help out with yet “one more” Goofy adventure of “Care-Tuk-it-is” (CareTukitis, in medical terms!)
I never thought an ear infection, centered right over the area of where my brain bleed was 13 years ago, could or WOULD trigger what feels like rehabbing from the bleed all over. What does that mean? Talking like Yoda (subject-object-verb), experiencing failing every neurological test the ER doc gave me (What do you mean, “present wrap time/need to do” doesn’t qualify for “What month is it?!”)
Yesterday my hubby told me I needed to straighten my glasses on my face – only to tell him with my slight facial droop and my bifocals, I HAVE to have them crooked to see – my balance is bad enough!! Things are resolving as all viruses do, just SOME people resolve faster than others!
Some people may not know, having a ‘hidden disability’ or being considered a ‘complex case” due to all my adventures over the years, I often don’t know ‘who’ I might wake up to being; I might not know what the day will bring; it means others often ‘don’t get it’: I look OK, after all! Just wait to watch me take my first step or hear “K-O be I am!” (I’m OK in English vs. ‘Yoda speak.’)
It means the old adage: “one day at a time”. It means the goals/tasks/plans you had HOPED to accomplish for the day might get tossed. Oh well – that’s the way the pickle squirts, right? It’s sometimes sweet, sometimes dill, not very often kosher! But, quite honestly, at times it feels like chopped up pickle relish all jumbled together!
It means that you need to accept the ‘present’ (even though it doesn’t feel like a “gift”!) Since I didn’t do it on purpose, and there is nothing I can do about it, I find that I can roll with it, have fun with it, and hopefully educate some folks along the way – even when I LOOK good, I still sometimes get to park in the handicap spot!
Just a quick ending note: As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’m anxiously and excitedly anticipating an event in April. I am one of 60 people invited to attend the first ever “Instigators’ Experience”. It is sponsored by the folks who host The Unmistakable Creative – a podcast that interviews creative people like the creator of Dilbert, high profile magazine editors, to N.Y. Times best sellers, artists and more. Be sure to look them up and listen to some of their interviews! Srinivas Rao and Greg Hirtle are amazing
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Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.