Saturday, May 12, 2018

Part 2 of What Happened to Me


There's a very good reason I never responded to those comments (thank you all for your good wishes) from my last post  about what happened to me in the six months prior to that.  I posted that on January 22, 2018. And I remember feeling pretty good then.

Within days I was back in the hospital with a shunt infection. Since then I've been through another five months of illness and recuperation, including a month in the hospital (three different operations and I now have shunt #4) and a few months in rehab.  I don't remember most of it. Then I finally came home and had about six weeks with home health care -- physical and speech therapists who came to our house at our convenience to work with me. They all just discharged me this week and all told me I made amazing progress. A few even admitted they weren't sure I was ever going to come back to what I had been.

I'm thankful to be back. To be able to talk. To know what year it is, what day it is. And besides everything you would expect me to be grateful for (family, friends, etc), I'm thankful I can still type. And I can still read. But I won't be posting reviews very often because I find reading (and writing) for more than ten to fifteen minutes at a time gives me nasty headaches. And anyone with my history needs to pay attention to headaches.

But I read some gorgeous children's books this spring as I've recuperated, so I'll be telling you about them in my next few posts. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers reading this post!


  1. So glad you’re doing so much better!

    1. Thanks, Zette! It was goood to see you yesterday. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. So glad you are better — and I'm sad you had to go through all of that. What a harrowing time. Best wishes that all the bad times are behind you.

    1. Harrowing is a goood word for it, Elizabeth! Thank you for your good wishes.

  3. Wow. What a journey you have been on. Good to hear from you, Joanne. I will continue to send healing thoughts your way.

    1. Thanks, Rosi. Definitely a journey. A tiring one!

  4. WOW! WOW! WOW!! YAY! YAY!! YAY!! I have been thinking of you and wondering what was happening...I texted a while back after you went back tot he hospital and Rehab again, but I did not receive a response. UNDERSTANDABLE:D
    I KNOW FOR SURE that you are feeling like yourself again when you are blogging and reading and writing. I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR AND SEE AND READ IT ALL!!! YAY AGAIN!!!
    I will definitely be in touch.
    Sending love and hugs and Brain prayers!
    Hi to Carl. :)

  5. I love your enthusiasm, Terri! For sure we will get together when I'm fully recovered.

  6. Glory be, girl!
    I am just about crying to see you here.
    At Mother's Day I was feeling strong vibes about you so much & hoping you
    were having a lovely time with your sons & hubby.

    Thank you for watching those newer headaches. Can you avoid screens & think about
    sharing your resourceful & much wanted reviews on YouTube or some other audio way??? A podcast?
    We would all subscribe & spread the world.
    Please talk it over with your esteemed technical
    staff who I know must be an awesome crew, to help you get thru this.

    And Brava! for the PT/OT hard work.
    That is tough stuff & I'm giving you a standing
    ovation. You are Top Drawer. Amazonian Woman.
    So fabulous a Spirit.

    Love. With many hugs, laughter & joy & Light.

    1. Thank you, Jan, my Highlights friend! Awww, I'm a little embarrassed at your effusive praise. I just did what anyone would do in a similar situation

  7. So glad you are recovering and doing so much better. You have been through so much. Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way. Definitely pay attention to the headaches and relax. Audio books may be a good way for you to enjoy books- I love them- especially when the narrator is good. Also- if you have a program or cell phone that allows you to speak in your reviews- that might help you with the typing and screen time. I do this sometimes- but I do need to clean up what I have said/written- as it isn't always clearly transcribed.

    Good luck!

    1. Thanks so much, Jess! Audio books are certainly one way. But I get tons of review copies in the mail (that I rarely ask for). Not so sure about audio reviews. My speaking voice isn't that great. But I'll think about it. Thanks for your concern.

  8. sending you many wishes for continued recovery!


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