Forward thinking health is my story. Blooming at just the right timing can depend on many factors…. My truth is no other. Walk in my shoes just one time and you will see.
“Move your foot forward. You can do this.”
The therapist evidently knew more than me..
This was in January of 2011. My hospital physical therapist had begun working with me in the acute rehab. I was status post one week crainiotomy for a large motor cortex brain tumor.
“It will not move.” I remarked
“Yes. It will. We will get you there.”
I looked up at her admiring her being strong for me.
That almost seems a lifetime ago, yet everyday I am reminded one way or another of my past medical history.
Today that blooming effect keeps rolling along five years later. This past few months , I started working closely with physical therapy for a left knee injury. While being assessed, it became apparent to the therapist I also had another condition called Left Neglect.
I was absolutely shocked with this. Apparently damage to the opposite side of my brain ( in my case right side of brain) caused my left sided neglect. Surprising enough, a left-sided neglect individual may not even know anything is wrong. I sure did not.
Damage to the right side of the brain also may cause cognition issues such as attention. This is where we need to understand paying attention involves complicated neuro circuits being fractured.
I did not realize this neglect and if I did , I would have taken steps way before now to retrain my brain to use my body in equal footing.
As a mother, I wondered how all these complicating issues were going on in my body all the while doing my mom job. This whole issue is not just one area or disorder, but multiple in nature. I am thankful to my sons for always accepting mom through so much.
Barriers happen. These blockades will be overcome by an attitute of continual blooming. As I look out into my backyard, I see this in action. Flowers almost blooming or already have, yet I also see precious squirrels looking to get food and jump at the chance when he can.
It all may sound crazy, but this left neglect is a real neurological condition. In fact, I had to keep a key viewpoint alive in my head that my issues are real. I do not have but one energizing answer to my rehab. It is simple. Keep blooming. Keep smiling. And yes. Keep moving!