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Still aitn't dead... [Mar. 28th, 2019|10:06 am]
... though, to complete the allusion, I sure do feel like I'm "borrowing", sometimes.

(Granny Weatherwax of the Terry Pratchett Discworld, would "borrow" space in an animal's brain, allowing her to ride along, and control the animal. She would be still for long periods of time, leading to her writing a small sign to alert reasonably-worried visitors. I'm not sure I got the spelling "right" - that is, the correct incorrect spelling - but I think it's close.)

I think, in retrospect, that it's a good thing that I'm so optimistic about how my body is feeling and doing, and expecting things will be better Real Soon Now. If I knew, in July, that I'd still be in survival mode (eat, work, sleep, and otherwise do minimal amounts of life-preserving work) through all of March, I don't know how I would have survived (other than the obvious: not dying).

("How do you survive X? That's easy. Don't die. Now, how do you make your life a bit better, make it a bit more normal, or possibly even flourish, in spite of X - that's the tricky bit. It's not always easy, and rarely painless, and you can't be sure another person's answer will work for you, so you probably have to figure all this out on your own. I wish I could take that away, but I can't - it's a journey that only you can complete. But I'll do my best to support you along the way.")

Things have gotten better and my body is approaching reliability. For example, last weekend, my (local) girlfriend and I did something we hadn't done in a long, long time... we went grocery shopping, and filled the refrigerator and pantry. That I can set out a grocery trip as a big deal kind of gives you the sense of just how deep things get.

I still have hundreds of dreamwidth tabs, because for a long time (remember: July!) I've been trying to tab up two weeks of posts, swearing that once I'm better, I'll read and/or respond to them. It's iconic for me - it's like "yes, I was a total flake for the past 3 quarters, but I still cared! I still wanted to hear from and about you!"

I gave up on that after my last post - just not enough energy, and a subtle realization that no one will be all that impressed with a "me too"/"like" style response to a four month old, just-a-post. But I've been missing you all, and yearning to reconnect when possible. I hope you're all doing well, and finding happiness.

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2019-03-29 02:55 am (UTC)
Well, as Willie Nelson sings, "I Woke Up Still Not Dead Again Today" - and I use the same medicine Willie does to achieve that ;-)

I'm still annoyed that my body and my brain don't behave the way I used to expect them to. I hate the number of stupid medical tests and procedures and appointments I have to go through every few weeks. One positive thing, though, is that I reconnected with a former student of mine, who is now giving me T'ai Chi lessons via Skype, and this has already had beneficial effects on some of my problems (it turns out tha T'ai Chi is highly recommended for helping stroke patients regain their sense of balance and improving mobility).

I'm glad to hear that you're getting better, and that you can resume "everyday" activities like grocery shopping. And everybody's polite to me because I walk with a cane. I hope your stamina and mental focus improve to the point where you can reconnect with the internet world! Big *HUGS* to you, and continuing good wishes!

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[User Picture]From: wcg
2019-03-29 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update. Always good to know you're still out there.
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