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After months of being assessed, I needed to become the assessor. Returning to work in the office had its obvious struggles. It took...

27

There was an excitement leading up to August, more so than a usual birthday. I was turning 27. I felt ready to say good riddance to 26....

Tick Tock

T-minus 6 months. This was all the time I was given. When the clock hit zero I would finally know what permanent damage was done. This...

Like Riding a Bike

Once Humpty Dumpty was put back together again, time was no longer frozen. The next and probably the biggest part of my recovery would...

April Showers

I had my staples removed 11 days after the cranioplasty. If you think that it must be an unpleasant experience to have staples ripped out...

Single Digits

*Warning, graphic medical photos ahead* A few weeks after my cranioplasty, I sat in an exam room in Chestnut Hill. Accompanied by my mom...

Rest In Peace

As I walked into my apartment without a helmet for the first time since 2018, I was so sure that I was "normal again." My goal through...

Clock In

I settled into my new room later that night on the neuro medical floor for a well needed night's sleep. My family said their goodbyes and...

Daybreak

My eyes snapped open to see Dr. Stippler at the end of my bed making notes in my chart. She looked up, smiled and proudly stated "it's...

B-Day

Most people use this abbreviation to describe their birthday. As I approached my cranioplasty, I tried to use humor to ease the sense of...

Rollercoaster

For months I stared at my calendar full of doctor appointments. Each day that passed brought me closer to the day I wanted so badly....

I'm Sorry

These words left my lips more times than I can count. I had caused irreparable damage to my loved ones and nothing I did could take that...

Semantics

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.”-Pearl Strachan Hurd I have always been aware of how significant words...

Prisoner

I had thought that once my body had healed and I was back home, the battle for my life would be over. However, another struggle awaited...

Foreign Invader

The whole time I was in rehab, my one motivating factor was to get home. I missed my cat Layla, and I wanted to be back where I felt...

Serviam

As I began to get set up to be transferred to a rehab hospital in Braintree, I had both OT from the hospital as well as the Nursing...

Saving Grace

I woke up from one nightmare into another in the hospital. The life Matt and I had worked to create was crumbling around us. While I had...

Forever on Duty

Medical people often joke about how they are constantly working. We go to the grocery store and analyze ever person walking around us....

Lost in Wonderland

As I emerged from the darkness, I awoke to people surrounding me, discussing how they were now going to extubate me for the second time....

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

No matter how hard I rack my brain for memories after that Ambulance ride, they just do not exist anymore. The only thing I remember is...

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