This morning was an early start, which I have never been a fan of. I had a psychology appointment at Cheltenham General Hospital so we sat in the familiar waiting room. We have spent far too much time in hospitals. The good news is though I have been discharged, officially. It feels like one step closer to getting back to normal, getting back to "me". Of course they are always there if I need them but it feels nice to not have any more appointments. This is how I feel about this...
Next, I went to the gym,which is one of my favourite things to do. As I've mentioned in previous blogs, before my bleed I was into fitness and sport. Being in the gym feels brilliant and normal, every time I go. I have some pretty big goals I want to achieve.
It is also something which gives me more independence. Amy drops me off then she goes and has a read while I go through my routine. I like the independence I am slowly regaining.
For a long time I couldn't, and didn't, spend any time by myself as it was unsafe for me to do so. I also did not feel confident being on my own, in case I had a fit or simple things like I left the oven on and burnt our flat down, or accidentally hurt myself in some way, by tripping over something in the obstacle course we call our flat, with so many objects, normally Amy's crafts, cluttering the floor. My mum and dad used to drive down from Leicester to come and sit with me. Now though these evenings have become something I am responsible for. I have to plan what to eat, safely, or make plans with friends. I like this a lot as this is just so normal, I can plan to watch a film or go round to my friend's for dinner.
One thing we spoke about this morning in my psychology session is setting some new goals. I thought it would be a good idea to share them on here so I can celebrate when I achieve them.
The first one is walk to work by myself. This is an important one for me as it again means I am regaining my independence.
The second is getting the bus to Headway by myself. This one is incredibly scary but it is important for me to start not relying on Amy so much to get around. I am determind to achieve these two goals no matter how terrifying.
Keep an eye on this blog all this week as I will be posting every day. The aim is to give a little bit more insight on what life is like on a daily basis living with a brain injury.
Thanks for reading
Amy's friend Siobhan is running the Hackney half marathon for Headway which is amazing. If you have any spare pennies please give her a sponsor Headway have been so good to me and Amy.