General Updatedness – January 2023

So it’s been a little over a week since I fell and gave myself a minor concussion. I’ve never had a concussion before, and it’s been interesting. Took a few days for my sense of balance to come back to full. I now can balance without issues on either one foot or the other, but I’ve only been able to do that the last day or so.

I still have headaches on the side of my head where I fell. This isn’t good, but not for the usual reasons. My migraines generally exist only on one side of my head or the other. So whenever my head hurts on only one side, my first thought is that I’m having a migraine. I’m not. It’s just that the side of my face, where I smacked into the end table, still hurts. I didn’t sleep with a bold beanbag on my face last night and I should have.

I’ve still cut down on my screen time. I’m just using the screen during the day, and taking more breaks away from it. At night, I haven’t been looking at the screen at all.

The bruising has been fascinating. The worst day was Thursday. Half of my face turned yellow. That’s now decreasing again. The dark purple has faded to red under my eye and is going away. My upper eyelid is still a solid color, but again, much faded from its original bright purple.

I still cannot invert, that is, place my head lover than my heart. Or rather, I can do it, but after a short while, my head starts pounding in a very uncomfortable manner. I do yoga every day (downward dog) and note where my body and my head is. I don’t push it, or attempt to stay in any inverted position for very long. But I do try it, to see where I’m currently at. I get into the position then I count slowly to see how long it takes for it to get uncomfortable. The amount of time continues to increase. (I didn’t start trying this until Thursday.) I figure it’s going to be as long as another two weeks before I’ll be able to invert.

I don’t know how long it will be before I can invert again. I find it frustrating, but I’m not going to try to “push through it” as it were. That would be stupid. I know three people who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI).Those take forever to heal. I do not want to hurt myself or my brain any more than I already have. So I am babying myself when it comes to this concussion.

I have made the decision that as long as I can’t invert, I can’t have alcohol. My thinking is: alcohol crosses the blood-brain barrier. If my head/brain are not healed, I don’t want them to have to deal with anything else at this point.

I’m also not raising my heartrate too high at this point. Again, I get the blood pounding and it pounds a lot harder in my sore head. It’ll probably be another couple of weeks before I can really start to exercise and walk again.

ION, my eyes continue to bug me. Am listing to a lot more podcasts. It’s frustrating, because sometimes my eyes are there and I can type and see everything normally. Then the cataracts float around, and I can’t see again.

I’m still trying to write, even on the mornings when I can’t see. My normal word count is 1500 words. On really hard mornings, even if I feel as though I can write but I can’t see the screen, it’s okay if I only do 1000, which is what I did one morning this week.

And I think that’s it for me for now.

I’ve gone back to drinking tea almost every morning. My favorite concoction at this point is a black Assam tea base, to which I add dried ginger and dried elderberries. The ginger gives it a spiciness, while the elderberries make it more fruity.

What’s your go-to cupa in the mornings?

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