Slowly But Surely: An Update

I’m so touched that many of my blogging family has asked how my healing is going. May I just say it means the world to me? While the recovery continues to be slow, I am certainly seeing improvements daily. The other day my oldest told me I’ve shocked her by how fast I’m walking!👍😆 (Great news because my quadriceps were starting to atrophy.) Since my legs are so much stronger I’m even able to stand up and take a shower which is a huge deal for me. Seriously, until you can’t take a shower the fact that you can deserves a celebration. So thankful for showers! The muscles on my arms and legs continue to get back to normal but the skin on my legs is thick and tough like leather…..very strange. That may be a result of the neuropathy but I’m not sure. 🤔

My nervous system is getting better as well but my body still gripes if I overdo. I’m absolutely amazed at how consistent my broken brain is…..it is very honest with it’s limitations which require respect.

Sadly, my ears continue to be an issue due to 5 weeks of 100-200 decibels of nerve-raking noise. I’m wearing earplugs at all times which is helping but my Dr. says my brain is unable to turn down the volume. It may require more healing time for this issue to settle itself.

God continues to be faithful. In all of the weakness, pain, fatigue, and uncertainty He continues to heal the broken places in me only He truly understands. He has drawn near unto me and comforts me with His Spirit at every instance and every moment of need. He always sends angels in the forms of friends at just that perfect moment to pray for and with me.

My walk through recovery seems long at times and I struggle to be patient. Not only do I struggle but my husband, kids, and even my dog are weary of it all. I honestly feel bad for them. My husband has taken on extra tasks that I can no longer do and he’s just worn out. I thank the Lord that he is strong and for God’s strength in him every day but the poor guy needs a break.

I’m going to leave you with a quote by Lee Woodruff wife of TV anchor Bob Woodruff from ABC news who suffered a horrible TBI while reporting in Afganistan in 2006. Here’s what she says about patience and TBI recovery:

Having a TBI, or being connected to someone who has suffered one, is an exercise in extreme patience. The slow process of recovery makes “watching paint dry” feel like the speed of light. Yes, it’s that slow.

Much love,

Viv 💚