I had a doctors appointment recently to discuss a few issues, it was an important one because it was the first time going to the doctors on my own! I know the route there well because I have to go regularly to top up the pill box, but never to see the actual doctor.
I won't go into too much detail, as it would bore you. But the first problem I had was remembering what I was actually going to see the doctor about in the first place. Unfortunately, this has become nothing new to me; it has become all too common for me to struggle to remember something like this because of my memory issues.
So I developed a system, or strategy, to remember. This involved making a word out of the three issues with the beginning letter of each issue, to hopefully spark my memory into action and remember the rest of each word. The word I used was: "K.I.T." Luckily, I was a fan of the 1980s television show: "Knight Rider" growing up, so it brought back good memories for me and proved handy remembering the main character, Michael Knight, and his on-board talking car computer called K.I.T. It was better than it sounds, trust me, and starred David Hasselhoff, at the height of his fame, with 80s/90s classic "Baywatch" also on television in those days.
Anyway, "K" stood for knuckles, as I have developed a touch of eczema there, which will hopefully be remedied by the cream the doctor prescribed me. "I" stood for "itchy" as I have developed an itchiness all over my body, and finally, "T" stood for "temperature" which refers to what I have mentioned before about how my body struggles to regulate, or control, my body temperature. So for example, when walking to the doctors, I was nipping in and out of the shadows and the sunlight as my body temperature swung from hot to cold. The main things to come out of my doctors appointment were, firstly, my brain is still heeling.
Okay, yes, it has been just over two years since my brain injury occurred, but the doctor assured me some people have temperature troubles, five years into their recovery, so it could take a little longer than I would like for everything to heal. I've never been the most "patient" of patients, so it is incredibly difficult waiting for everything to heal itself and get back to "normal".
Another issue I mentioned to him was the use of my left-hand side, in particular my left hand and fingers, I have seen massive improvement in my left leg, resulting in my limp virtually disappearing completely now, so it is only natural to want my left hand/fingers to do the same. As I have seen with my left leg improving, I am sure it is only a matter of time before my left arm follows suit. I have mentioned before, the Rugby World Cup starts in this country later this year, which is a massive target for me to get back for. My typing on a computer is still nowhere near as good as it was before, but it is coming along, slowly. I hope by the time the tournament kicks off, my left hand will be stronger and I won't look so out of place on the press bench, or in society in general.
Walking to the doctors and experiencing the appointment all by myself was all part of gaining back my independence and I felt very proud I managed to tick off another important milestone.