Date: August2015

Words by Julie - Living Life With Paralysis

A Date

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There are many significant dates that have come and gone recently, some that have had to do with me and many that were others’. For example I missed Mary’s, David’s, Anne’s and Madeline’s birthdays. I missed my parent’s and my brother’s anniversaries. I feel badly for missing these special occasions, but I realize that I […]

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Science Explains Everything

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I have been waiting to write this blog post since August 11th, two weeks after the incident. It was prompted by a text conversation with a friend. You see, at that time I was already in the “acceptance” phase of the grieving process.  I have since realized it came pretty early – the phases of […]

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A Good Day

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Funny that I am having a hard time starting this post. Finally. It was a good day. Likely it has a lot to do with the fact that I got to spend the whole day with Theo – we have been apart for three days, and getting him back just sooths my soul. Holding his […]

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Tears

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My social worker says that tears are therapeutic. That the chemicals released when you cry have a positive influence on the brain by relieving stress and elevating mood. Maybe that explains why I am such a positive person, because I cry so much? Just so we are clear, I cried a lot even before my […]

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Hard

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I have a couple of friends who took their already fit bodys and turned them into lean, mean, muscle machines. They worked tirelessly every day at the gym, watched what they ate and were able to surpass their goals. I was thinking about them today. I admire their ability to be so disciplined – to […]

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Overwhelmed

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In my last post I wrote about asking questions and being my own advocate. What I didn’t talk about what was the people who are behind me giving me the mental strength to do so. Karla (David’s wife) drove from Trenton to spend the weekend with me and we had a lot to catch up […]

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Just Ask

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Thanks for sticking with me. This is going to be short as I am almost out of battery. Kids came home from camp today, so I get to see them tomorrow. I can’t wait. Today is Friday, the first of many here for me at Parkwood. I still have not been given a date as […]

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Bumps in the Road

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Today at physio I was thinking about what I was going to write. I was keen to tell about my second day of actual PT and OT, and the progress I felt I had made. But then I came up stairs to find that I had been moved. When I arrived at Parkwood I had […]

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Time

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Although occasionally I still think that maybe I will wake up and this will all be gone, it has been long enough now that I have realized the truth. This is not a dream. Today is three weeks. It sunk in a bit more today because I met some people here at Parkwood that also […]

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Crash Landing

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In two days it will be three weeks since I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle. In that three weeks I have had major back surgery, plastic surgery on my face and nose and have been healing of some broken ribs and road rash. My face looks good, people say my nose […]

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