Monday, June 10, 2013

Concussion Mosaic


What do you do when you can't read, write or have much screen time? A good question!  As many of you know, I have had a never-ending concussion that required me to take the last 6 weeks of school off. The concussion happened in February and I am still not 100 percent.  I am much better, but for the last 6-12 weeks, I have done very little reading, writing, or screen time. (OR Blogging--Thank You, Mary Lee!)   It is amazing how hard it is to rest your brain!

Over the last 6 weeks, I have been really, really good about brain rest.  But it took me a while to figure out how to spend my days. I've been working on balance for the last few years but this "brain rest" really forced me to be creative with trying new hobbies and finding new ways to spend my time. I tried some crafts, tried some new recipes, tried to appreciate nature, etc.  The above mosaic captures my weeks without reading or writing.

Life without reading, writing, TV, running, etc. has been a challenge and I am happy that it is not something I have to keep up forever. Over the last few weeks I've been able to do some light reading (lots of transitional series books and picture books that you'll hear about soon.) but even with that, I miss the days filled with hours and hours of reading.

So, I am finding new hobbies, but I have yet to find one that I love as much as reading!

8 comments:

  1. Glad you are improving, Franki! We've missed you!

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  2. So glad you are doing better! Hope you will be 100% very soon.

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  3. It must be a big challenge. Hope it'll be over very soon! I liked all the photos!

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  4. This made me laugh (not your situation, but the way you just dove in to find something new to do)! I'm thinking trying to figure out crafts and recipes would be too much work for my brain. I don't think I developed that side. ;o) Glad you are getting better. Take your time getting well as we need you at 100%. We're missing you and all you share.

    Cathy

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  5. I'm so glad that you are on the mend. I'm with Cathy...the cooking and crafting thing would maybe pretty hard on my brain. I'm interested in the transitional readers and picture books you've been reading. xo

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  6. Discovering new ways to fill one's time can be challenging yet has the potential to be so rewarding. From your picture mosaic it looks like you did a lot of exploring. So happy that you are continuing to improve and can once again return to what you are so passionate about.

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  7. Welcome back, Franki! I have missed your voice. I totally agree with several others- cooking and crafting would not be my idea of brain rest, AT ALL! How about a walk!

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  8. So glad to hear that your brain is resting and healing and your spirits are rising. I remember all the same feelings when I had heart surgery - all the restrictions and lack of focus. Yes, reading is the core of our being and such joy. I have a suggestion for you. It's a distraction that helps you get lost and rest - Zentangles. Look it up, it's loads of fun.
    Love from Downeast.

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