When it comes to retraining your body to move and function as it should you need to remember to keep the activities you use for therapy relevant. Just as my original team stated,” you need to get back to the things you used to do to see the best recovery results”. Instead of focusing on the same activities chimpanzees in labs have to do start using your hobbies to your advantage. Playing with blocks and tongs is not going to help very much, I’m sorry. It is for this reason that I have been making an attempt at Painting with the hand/side that was originally paralyzed.
It has been an eye-opening experience to say the least. It turns out that if i want to paint anything in a minimalistic style I should just use my affected side. I haven’t been doing much for writing, but there has been a decent amount of retraining lately. I have always been artistic so this is probably one of the best ways for me to fine tune my fine motor skills in that hand over the next several years.
I present to you: Welcome to The Darkness
These last few days have been so relaxed and productive in other areas of life that I’ve decided to continue to leave the book untouched until after the 3rd anniversary of the surgery next weekend. I’ve been drawing, cooking, sewing, and doing lots of physio. I’ve even enjoyed a couple mindless Netflix marathons to get caught up in my favourite series.
Even just leaving the book for a few days I can see abd think clearly once again. The biggest reason I’m leaving it until after the anniversary is because this year instead of mourning the day I’m trying to celebrate the day that changed my life for the better. I’ve always been able to see the positive on these days, but they’ve been a sad day normally and that’s not okay with me. An event that enhanced my quality of life shouldn’t make me have a cappy day, it should be embraced so that’s what I’m doing this year and hopefully every year after.
I’ve been doing so much work with my left hand that I’ve started to subconsciously do things with that side instead of my dominant side. Every time I notice it happening I’m a little more mind blown because it shows that I’m that much closer to being fully recovered. There’s even been an increase in the overall strength of my hand which makes everything even writing and drawing easier. A few hours of physio a day now yields way more progress than a few hours did even just a year ago so I’m assuming I’m on the right track.
I don’t enjoy spending time watching any sort of television or streaming service, but sometimes it’s nice to mindlessly exist. The last few weeks I’ve lost a lot of sleep over not being able to get my mind to shut off. Being the creative person I am I’m always planning my next project or chapter in my head so at times it can be overwhelming. I’ve learned over the last few days that the best time to do any of my physio or fine motor skills stuff is actually watching a show of some sort. The tension is released and I can focus on ge task at hand without being overrun by my own thoughts. I’ve also got back into meditating nightly to keep my mind in check which seems to be helping.
Until next time,