Howdy Hydrocephalus

Understanding my unique gyroscope


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Found unpublished from December 2012
When I look around, I am very fortunate – I have a few minor glitches to work out.  I am not too certain what but there is a family meeting next week to give everyone the lowdown and plan for my quick entry and quick exit of unit 58.  I am very lucky to be here.  There are so many wonderful people – temporary residents, staff, doctors and therapists.

I had physio today and I thought it wasn’t too hard, but my right leg is throbbing now.  I think it was the extreme effort it was to hop 1m in two jumps on my right leg. I have to remember not to look down when I walk but straight ahead.  And I didn’t have to do anything with my eyes closed!  I met with a person from Occuptational therapy and tomorrow we test.  I did good on my speech tests on remembering  numbers and stories.  I even remembered a phone number when usually I don’t but the first three letters were 279 (I think) and were the beginning of Richmond, BC phone numbers where I grew up so I feel that I had an advantage of using the first three numbers for many years.   She asked me a question if I was wearing glasses…I paused…well I am wearing contacts so yes and no.  I had rec therapy.  My homework is to come up with three things I would like to work one while I am here.

So what is it like here?  Well it is intimidating.

On this unit there are many people fighting back from strokes & brain bleeds.  There are also people that have suffered just dumb luck accidents.  For example, tying shoes at top of stairs falling and breaking neck, but lucky not to be a quad.  I forget the guys name that told me that and would ask him but he was transferred to an extended care place today.  There are people who have been in vehicle accidents.  Guess what the meet the stats – mostly guys!  Then it looks like most the stroke patients are mostly women.  It is crazy.

I think they should bring in new drivers and people who are at risk of stroke to spend an afternoon here.  I wonder if it would make a difference.  I don’t mean to parade around all these wonderful people who trying to overcome their own battles, but maybe it would make a person think about their lifestyle choices.


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