Sunday, March 17, 2019

Aftermath of The Incident

So here is the update on my current condition. I am still numb and a little swollen on the left side of my face, so I can’t smile and I dribble a bit from the left side of my mouth. It feels like you have had an injection from the dentist and I look a bit like a hamster on that side, with his mouth full of sunflower seeds.

According to Danilo, I am more grumpy than usual, so he calls me Grumpy 2 as opposed to the rescue boxer who is Grumpy 1. I also have memory problems. My brain is working as if it is connected to the internet, and I want to say something but have no idea what the word is – either in Spanish or English, but then, around 30 seconds later the internet comes back and I remember the word.

Given these issues, I went to see a neurologist. There are no appointments here, so the first time I went, he wasn’t there and nor was his secretary. The second time was around 10 am, and the secretary told me I was number 19. But he didn’t arrive until 2 pm, and our last bus home is at 6 pm, so there was no way we could get home. I asked her to put me on the list for the next day. No can do as you can only ask to be put on the list on the day itself.  I had to go the next day at 8 am, to be put on the list for the afternoon. But she said I could phone as well. So, the next day I phoned at 8 am to be told I was number 6, and to get there at 2.30 pm. I did, and for some mysterious reason I had dropped from number 6 to number 8, but at 5.30 pm I got in to see the neurologist.

He said nothing could be done about my face, maybe it would improve in time, but maybe not. He told me smoking was dangerous for my health, and I replied that so was being shot and attempted suffocation and being beaten up. He shut up after that. He told me that I have a Traumatic Brain Injury, otherwise known as a TBI, and to have another cat scan and blood tests which I will do next week. In addition, he gave me a prescription for two anti-depressants. I am not depressed, but am taking the one which helps memory function which is helping a little but have not bothered with the other one, as according to Dr. Google it is for panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder and erectile dysfunction – none of which I have.

In the meantime, Chivirico came to see how I was, and it was lovely to see him.


I went to see my American friend Grace, who comes to the country once a year with her Dominican husband. That was a lovely break and as usual she provided me with loads of kitchen equipment and baseball goodies for Chivirico and Albert.



In addition, my friend Heather was in the country, helping people in Consuelo, and she hired a car and drove all the way up here to see me. She brought the all-important Cadbury chocolate with her as well.

Grumpy Grace loves her evening cuddles

Danilo adores books, so he is building a book case along the whole of one wall in the living room and at last has put shelves in the utility room so the kitchen will be less cluttered.


Our spirit level has gone walkabout (nothing new there) so we had to check if the shelves were level using a peanut. If it rolled one way or the other, they were not straight. I think it must have been an odd shaped nut as they look a bit wonky to me.


In the meantime, Peggy, a Canadian lady has been staying for the last couple of months. She has around another month to go. Loves cleaning and mopping which is great for me, but we still managed a night out at the local bar!




36 comments:

  1. ❤️ you are a real positive lady. Hope for full recovery.

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  2. Can't get enough of your stories. I'm so sorry about what happened. We've never met but i sent my prayers for you. Keep writing!

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    1. Thanks Alicia - book 3 is in my head just need to get down on paper - and thanks so much for your prayers.

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  3. Unbelievable what happened but its been obvious your one tough chica and I enjoy your stories. I pray you continue to heal..many blessing to you and the family.

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    1. Thanks Karen. So pleased you enjoy the stories and thanks so much for your prayers.

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  4. Brains have the amazing ability to heal. Glad to hear you're up to telling us your story. The Dominican nephews and I are pulling for you.

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    1. Thanks Rita and nephews! Yes am sure brain will heal - just will take a little time.

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  5. Great entry and thanks for the update. The Boys of Baseball look well equipped. Go Sox!

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    1. Welcome re update Meems. Hope the Sox win again this year.

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  6. Oh Lindsay, I'm so sorry. What a terrible time for you, and for those who love you. (Somehow, when I read your preceding post, I thought you were talking about what happened to you those many years ago. So forgive me for not writing then.) Warm hugs from me - healing hugs, I hope. You're a very resilient person, we all know that from your blog; but by gosh you will need all your resilience to recover from this without permanent stress. I can only wish you well, and I do, with all my heart.

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  7. Wishing you a good recovery Lindsay. It's good you've been having some visitors to cheer you up and help you around the house.

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  8. Much love to you. I am doing a TBI yoga class this Saturday. I will be thinking of you and sending you lots of love then. TBI is a real thing. They suggest very little screen time and lots of rest and lots of patience with the rest. Take lots of time to heal and don't get too frustrated. You are an inspiration to many. Take time for self care and self rejuvination my dear friend...

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    1. That sounds interesting Pati. Very little screen time is not easy to achieve when all of my work involves the computer screen!

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