Welcome to a very special edition of this blog (I know I say that a lot, but this one is more specialer, I promise).
Today is my “rebirthday”; it was on this day in that foul year of our Lord, 2009, that I underwent brain surgery. According to my calculator, that makes me four years old.
To commemorate this day I thought I’d list four positives I’ve experienced in the last four years –
1. Parking: I’ve a handicapped placard – I’ve found that the real advantage to having this blue piece of plastic is not so much parking closer, but narrowing the selection of parking places.
You see, most of you chumps have to drive around the whole parking lot to find a space; I need only check the front few spots.
Moreover, you’re more likely to get stuck behind that assclown that plugs up a row to wait for a spot (if you’re one of these people, I hate you).
Occasionally, someone will swoop in and take a spot before me. I find myself sizing this person up – Are they really handicapped? I think he/she’s just using his/her grandma’s placard.
I’m starting to sound hateful, let’s move on…
2. Helpful people: I often get asked if I need help with this or that. Writing about this makes me want to redact my previous comment about “you chumps”. But I don’t want to change it, so just erase it from your mind like so much Men in Black flashing phallus thingy.
Speaking of Men in Black, a fella that looked just like Will Smith came to help me fight off some aliens that were trying to steal my cheese grater.
I jest. He actually looked more like Puff Daddy (or P. Diddy, whatever he goes by these days).
Back to the point, seeing a person hold up a row in a parking lot gets me thinking that people are self-centered, then a nice young lady asks if I need help carrying a large box to my car and shatters that perception.
3. New friends: I’ve met some pretty awesome people that I wouldn’t otherwise know. I’ve been lucky to have very lucky to work with very knowledgeable, caring therapists – I feel so honored to have met these people, I’ll attempt to name them all –
Emily x2 (OT, PT)
Jennifer x3 (OT, OT, speech therapist)
Leslie x2 (PT, speech therapist)
Leslynn (speech therapist)
That red headed (OT) whose name I forgot
That blonde (speech therapist) whose name I forgot
Kenya (speech therapist)
I can’t think of anymore. If I forgot someone, I’m truly sorry. Wait, I’d also like to mention Sandy, my driver from my days at Pate. A very heartfelt and genuine thank you to you all!
4. Continuous possibility for improvement: The medical community says the optimum window for recovery from a brain injury is 18 months or so.
That same community also endorsed the use of leeches to suck out sickness, I can and will continue to improve.
I don’t make improvements as quickly and dramatically (dramatiquickly?) as I once did, but I’m certain that one day I’ll be able to do many of the things I once did (if not, at least I’ll look good as I fail 🙂 ).
So, not only is the being alive a nice part of waking up, but I also get to face each day with the possibility that I will finally (insert activity) again.
There you have it, folks! Having a TBI is no bueno, but there are some perks.
Congrats on your reBirthday. Getting ready for my surgery. I don’t have any set date yet. I’ve just been told its mid-September to the first of October. Driving me crazy.
Thank you for your comment. Are you willing to give any more information about your situation? What is your surgery for? What area of the brain? Who will be of the surgeon? Best of luck to you, brain buddy! If you don’t want to broadcast the information my e-mail is JarrettWilson@Gmail.com
I’m having a Left Temporal Lobe Resection for my 30yo brain damage. This damage that I have is deep within the left-frontal side. I’m over here in Kansas and getting this done at KU Med. The surgeon here is the best of the best. Haven’t met the guy yet and I want to sit to talk with him. I update my blog when there are updates.
Oh yeah, we’ve communicated before haven’t we? If I recall, you’re having problems with seizures. How did your brain get damaged? Why wait 30 years?
We’ve communicated before about our brains… 🙂 I have a seizure disorder after my TBI. Mine was caused from falling out of a tree 30 years ago. Didn’t have this operation available to me back then, just medication. That’s all I’ve done all these years is live from the side effects of my meds. Now, I’m starting to run out of medication options and I’m completely tired of living my life as a “side effect” and I have never lived a so-called “normal” life, if that’s what you want to call it.
So, that’s when I was introduced to this operation back in February. The doctors said I was a perfect candidate, if I wanted to go through with it.
Will you give me details about the procedure? I think you’re making the right choice – I hear that seizures meds suck balls.
The tests I have done in the last year are EEGs, MRIs, a Function MRI, a Video EEG, SPEC Scans, a Wada Test and others. When I finally get to the hospital for the surgery, I am scheduled for a opening brain map and educed seizure, which may take up to a week. After this, the surgery on my brain to cut out the damaged part is done while I am awake. This is done so the doctors can ask me questions and make sure they are not cutting the wrong place.
Doctor: “Count to twenty.”
Me: “1… 2… 3… …. apple…. smurf….”
Nurse: “Uh, doctor, I think you are getting in the wrong area…”
Gotta love those MRIs – I’ve a baclofen pump, so if a hospital doesn’t have my pump info on file, they practically need congressional approval before they’ll put me in the machine. Any word on a surgery date yet?
So happy to run across your blog–you are a hoot! Prognoses are crap–what we believe can happen is more important! Keep at it!
Oh, I’ll keep at it; I’ve nothing better to do. I’ll check out your blog tomorrow.