So, it is now 3.5 months since my fall UP my stairs. Never thought that at this point I would still be home on sick leave dealing with post concussion symptoms and a frozen/locked shoulder joint.
I still continue to have light and noise sensitivity, no crowds, headaches, dizziness, nausea, pain in my head, neck and shoulder, and the worst is the sleep deprivation. I went from insomnia to sleep a few hours and then up and sleep a few hours and up….I wake up because of pain and discomfort in my neck and shoulder. I need to change sleep positions every few hours and so my sleep is not at all what it used to be.
I do not nap as that makes it all worse so often I am in bed by 8-9 at night or I fall asleep in my comfy reclining chair by the window covered in a plush blanket.
I continue with physiotherapy for the shoulder, osteopath for the neck and head, massage therapy for the rest of the body that aches, and attend other medical appointments as needed.
The neurologist said all is good and for the sleep and pain-options are sleeping pills and cortisone shots. No thank you! No meds unless really necessary-that has always been my motto. I can take Advil, Motrin, Tylenol as needed. Heat for the head and neck is great.
I have a referral to a rehabilitation place here in Montreal for the concussion symptoms so let’s see how long that takes. In the meantime, my return to work has been postponed until late February-all depending on how my recovery goes.
So, one has a choice-mope and despair or take all in stride and roll with it. I choose roll with it. I rest as I need to. I listen to podcasts and soothing music. I go online to social media in spurts with ambient light setting on all my screens. I adjust, I adapt, and I know all could be so much worse. I am grateful as had I fallen on the stairs and hit my head first-this recovery would be very different and who knows what condition I would be in. Luckily, the shoulder hit first.
I have a roof over my head, heat for the very cold Montreal winter, family and friends, I am alive and can function pretty well. Yes, I have had to make changes, but again things could be much worse so I choose life in the way I can manage!
Gratitude changes everything. It puts things into perspective.