The Free Dictionary defines the idiom, “fits and starts,” as, “irregular movement; with much stopping and starting.,” which perfectly encapsulates my progress on the eighth installment of “My Stroke.” With the working title of “My Rehab,”this particular chunk will cover the three weeks I spent in the hospital following my second stroke.
As chunks go, this one is big, covered with gristle, and very Iikely I will encounter a bone or two lurking in it. This was a time of botched operations, malfunctioning IV monitors, horrific bedpan misadventures, and a concerted effort by my physical and occupational therapists to strip me of my driving privileges. It was during this time that my neurologist, Dr. M., discretely dropped me from his caseload. Weeks would pass before I realized he had opted to no longer be my neurologist.
Daunted but not defeated by the challenge of putting into words this momentous, not to mention traumatic, time of my life, I am aware, nonetheless, that more than a month has elapsed since my last posting. Hence my plug-the-gap strategy of posting this hastily compiled selection of photos, some new and some previously published, that I’m hoping might lend a little more contextual texture to my life and times and circumstances, so to speak.