At the present, I'm watching my health assistant limp around the living room. You see, he cut his foot on a chair at the swimming pool where I do therapy. I'm kind of chuckling to myself because it reminds me of a story. A story, imagine that. Anyway, remember, I said I ran across America? Well, one of our sponsors was Adidas. They gave me a pair of running shoes that were too small for me. As a result, most of the skin on my little toe was pretty much gone. I showed my wound to my coach. He said, "Let me see your foot." I showed him my little toe and he said, "Oh, I'll take care of that for you." And he pulled out a can of spray that looked like gold spray paint. He said, "Put your foot up." And before I could say, "What are you going to do?" He sprayed my little toe. It instantly cauterized my wound. I think they heard me scream all the way in Western Australia. The stuff he used was called Tough Skin, and it actually forms an artificial skin over your wound. Pretty nasty stuff.
There are lots of holiday parties happening now, and I went to one the other night. It's pretty tough for me because my eyes are dilated and there are plenty of christmas tree lights, like points of light. That, on top of all the noise is enough to send me over the ledge. I don't last for long at the parties. Just another fun moment of traumatic brain injury.
It was interesting getting into the house where the party was. It just reminds you that it's a lot of work when you're disabled. It's a lot of work just going to someone's house. Who would think two steps would be so scary? The owner of the house I was at asked me why I was leaving so early. I replied, "Well, I got thrown out of the party. I found their parrot, tried to get it drunk and teach it the words, 'Piss Off.'" I was kidding, of course. Kind of.
I've been using the up n go machine, you know the machine that helps me learn how to walk. I've been using it almost every day now. It's amazing how tired it makes you. I've talked about it before. I used it in therapy after the first operation and second operation. It's pretty remarkable how much it helps you. I highly recommend it.
Just one other thing you should know, if you have a TBI. I'm not sure, but I think I have little moments, or auras at night. I think my dreams actually bring on auras I don't know about. It's like taking two steps forward and one step back. I feel like I'm constantly feeling like I'm trying to keep up with myself. It's hard to describe, but I wake up some mornings feeling like shit. I just wanted to share that with anyone that might have traumatic brain injury. Never a dull moment.
Anyway, I hope you guys have a good week. Hey, check it out! It's my little one's birthday next week. Let's all wish her a happy birthday. She'll be nine years old. Nine going on twenty eight.
Talk to you next week. Love, B. Nice