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Can Cuss, Concussed

I haven’t written for quite some time, why you may ask…or maybe not, I’m not sure there is anyone reading what I write except the spammers, and since I’ve stopped writing, they are even slowing down.   Why did I stop writing?  I fell, hurt my dominant hand,  gained a new concussion, lost my ability to come up with coherent written thoughts.  Not good for a writer, not good for a manual therapist. but who am I to questions God’s timing or my klutziness.

My daughter didn’t let me drive for three whole days. I’m not allowed on my inversion table for a month. Swinging a golf club hurts as does poi.I saw my doctor and she mentioned post concussion syndrome…. I asked, what can I do? she said “time” is the only medicine. sigh…. this could be discouraging… I asked for a handout, she recommended I google information I did…guess what, by the common descriptions… yup, the symptoms describe what I’m going through to a T: Lethargy, apathy, headache, light-sensitivity,   dizziness, tinnitus, poor concentration, sleep disruptions, easily fatigued, impulsivity, poor judgement, increased stubbornness, mood swings… every article I’ve found says that time and rest are the only things that help.

I don’t like that answer…no, I am not stubborn, argumentative, unable to focus, distractible…lol, my daughter would laugh at that, but, I do have experience in working with other people with severe head injuries who unfortunately have these symptoms piled on top of physical disabilities and hope to use that experience to help me in my recovery process.  Once again, I have to go by what I know not by what I feel.  I know the concussion is only part of what I am dealing with. The fall also resulted in spasms along my neck and back and some neck injuries mimic concussion signs as well.  How can I tell which is which? it doesn’t matter.  Brain fog is brain fog.  If y’all could see how many typos I’ve made in just these two paragraphs you’ll laugh or cry with me… yup it’s messed up.   I’m making this list for you, but I’m making it for me as well, so I can come back to this list when I remember that I am still healing and that therapy tools are actually helpful

I’ve spent the last two weeks resting….very important

  • when I rest, I lie down and immediately feel like I can breathe better, showing me that my diaphragm  and postural muscles also need time to recover from the impact.
  • for that part I am using my ma roller[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B000H1VBX2″ locale=”us” height=”55″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21S619QXVEL._SL75_.jpg” width=”75″] to help stretch my connective tissue and encourage spinal segmental motion.  Opening my back and neck up may help decrease the unfocused-ness in my eyes
  • I wear a hat when I go outside…when I remember, if I forget squinting and headache remind me…so now I keep a hat hung next to the chihuahua’s leash and in my car.
  • I gargle and do my saline snuffs because of the acrid taste that has been added to my post nasal drip,
  • I practice my twirly thing exercises from the legs up instead of the head down.
  • No inversion table, downward dog, aggressive cardio because those things all exacerbate the volatility  of my heart rate and blood pressure.   In the ER when checking for neuro-signs, my heart rate was 37…no joke thirty-seven. Low heart rate can be a sign of excellent conditioning, but it can also be a sign of intracranial pressure…. I never knew that.
  • I need to go back to doing my vision therapy exercises.   The optic nerve has brain tissue in it, I need to remember that using my eyes and forcing them to focus really does change what they do automatically.  I slacked off  n the months before this fall, 3-d sight was automatic more than half the time,   In the ER one of the things that made me realize I’d hit my head (that’s right, I didn’t even know it) was the extreme difficulty  I had in creating single image. My eyes were not working together at all.  I am not remember to do this on my own, so I have my tool box  in my living room. my brock string, red green glasses, finger lights, marching clock poster, and am playing my vision therapy video games.
  • I am not wearing my balance challenging sketchers…my balance is already compromised I do not want to fall again.
  • I am crawling, doing rotisserie exercises, singing
  • since I’m not at the golf course there’s about 15 hours a week of sunshine I’m missing so I keep reminding myself I should probably eat more fish and get some vitamin D sources included in my diet.
  • brain is made of a lot of fat, so I am allowing myself more good fats
  • ginger has helped with tinnitus before, so I got some now to remember to use it
  • vibrator to my belly and armpits to help with the inflammation
  • and rest…I don’t remember  to do that on my own…I set alarms to remind me when to do stuff.
  • I’m looking at my neuro-sculpting group, http://neurosculptinginstitute.com/ or visit them on facebook, because they always have suggestions for brain changing activities.

Vision Therapy and me

When the movie Avatar came out, a friend took me to see it in 3D format in an IMAX (curved screen) theatre. Leaving the theatre I kept remarking how things kept “jumping out at me” they said “just like in real life”…we each repeated these statements a couple of times, he did not understand that things didn’t usually feel like they were ‘invading my personal space’ and I did not understand that for him it was normal to feel surrounded by things with dimensions.

One of my clients is an optometrist with a pediatric vision therapy specialty and we discussed my experience at the movie and the very frightening ride home where cars kept popping out at me like the creatures in the meeting. It seems that somewhere along the line, whether by genetics or multiple head traumas growing up, not only was my vision bad in the 20:475 range but I also tested with very limited peripheral vision, poor tracking ability, limited convergence and divergence, multiple blind spots, astigmatism, mild color blindness they will randomly change dominance and  then there is the severe lack of stereoscopic vision (inability to see three dimensionally) …She told me not to bother with Lasik surgery since more of my visual problems had to do with poor processing than eye shape. She lent me the transformational book “Fixing My Gaze” [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B003YGVCWM” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21%2BKCXuujdL._SL110_.jpg” width=”73″]

She started me on exercises, I started doing more research into vision and found that the optic nerve is more like brain tissue than any other nerve and that extreme motions of the eye can change the pressure in the cranial vault. The eye socket itself is made with articulations between 7 bones with 9 separate openings! Expanding my peripheral vision was her first concern because she drives the same roads I do!

vision therapy helped my golf game

Vision Therapy brought focus and helped my golf game

I have been able to mentally re-write some of my history knowing I am not uncoordinated (you should see me belly dance) I was just blind….no wonder i couldn’t catch or throw…depth perception is a function of stereoscopic vision with tracking control motor responses based on judgements made by full complete sight. I was even in the 5th grade before anyone even figured out I needed glasses because I have always tried to be adaptable. I started doing body work, in part, because the world always made more sense with my hands than it did with my eyes.

My world is different today. I am much better at remembering people’s names….because I truly see their faces.  I have not run into a curb (driving) in over a year…who know’s what else I’ve missed 😉 I don’t have to remember where I put my keys, I can stand upstairs and scan the room below and find them…with my eyes…usually within 20 seconds.  I have been told I have better fashion sense, this is because I can see single images of my whole body when I look into a mirror.  Less spoilage in my kitchen because I can see the leftovers and get to them before they spoil.   Doing body work makes so much more sense with a three-dimensional image of a body in my mind’s eye and not just in my hands kinesthetic memory tied to two dimensional books and reality for me. The thing that really gets me is that I test less color blind than I used to, and things seems brighter. Golf is harder because of the trees poppin out all over but easier because I can read the greens. I stare in amazement at the levels of depth, the qualities of roundness, texture. I appreciate the breeze  through the trees because I not only can watch leaves rustle but individual leafs turn in the wind. My attitudes have changed, I am more calm, and tend to be less anxious, less restless leg syndrome, and have fewer bouts with depression.  People seem find me more approachable, it seems squinting is easily interpreted as scowl. I am at an age when my friends are experiencing age related declines in vision while I am seeing better than ever, and loving it.

 

 

 

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Golf is good for you!

Golf is good for a person.  My  dad and grandpa would laugh at me for my opinion, they both were known to mock golfers and joined with Mark Twain in the belief that “Golf is a good walk spoiled”   I on the other hand love it… with my vision, co-ordination, and strength, hitting a stationary ball is as good as I can get…..and that’s not all that good.

Follow this link for the longer version if you want justification, further evidence, and a greater appreciation for going to a golf course and soaking up all the possible goodness there.

I love golf, and golf is good for me….Yeah!

 

 

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