I'm still here

It has been a while. How are you? I'm missing you. All of you.

I'm still here. Quietly waiting. Anxiously anticipating publishing this post. I think it's time I catch you up.

I'm still (!) recovering from my car accident. If someone had told me I would be here I would not have believed them. I know that so many of you can relate. After months of tests and appointments I had conclusive diagnoses. Then more testing, more waiting for specialists. Time heals. Or does it?

Time has taken it's toll on me for sure. Had I received immediate treatment my injuries would likely not be as serious as they are now. You don't know what you don't know. But I've learned so much and in the past few months have managed to make incremental progress. This is good.

I have always been hopeful, grateful, and certain that recovery was my path. I didn't know that it would bring me here. Or that I would bring me here.

When we moved to the country, much of our motivation was to live a simpler, slower life. We wanted to grow some food, know our neighbours, enjoy nature. Little did I know that I would be catapulted into living simpler out of necessity. Because it's all I can manage in a day.

Speaking of days, what day is it? My task this week from my neurologist is to remember the day of the week for the whole day. I have strategies and techniques. Tricks and tips. But mostly, I am slowly, so slowly, learning to remember in a new way. How my memory functioned before is lost to me for now, so I need to use my brain differently. Easier said than done.

I am a different person now. But I would like to think that in many ways I am so much better. I'm more patient with my children. I laugh at myself much more. I care much less about what people think of me. I'm shedding the need to accumulate stuff and learning to live with less. I don't take communication for granted. I savour more of each day. I'm less confined by technology (I just can't use it that much anymore) and more aware of nature and simple things.

Being forced to slow down has dramatically changed my life. And mostly for the best. But we are still on this journey. Health and healing are constant aspirations.

And so this blog will now evolve. I haven't been able to fully grasp what I should do here. But in the last few days it all became very clear to me. I have so much to share with you. Recipes, stories, and my passion for food and family.

Won't you join me?



Sophia said...

I'm with you!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kimberley, I didn't realize how badly your accident impacted you as you hadn't said much for awhile.... I DO understand. I, too, couldn't have imagined how my own experience of injury would change my life, mostly for the better. I am also more patient, more aware of what matters, less worried about the small stuff. Out the other end of this is a gift, not just to you but to others in your wide circle. Your blog is a wonderful way to share your wisdom about what matters in life, parenting and family life. (I look forward to visiting one day, I hope with Mum. She will move to BC this year, so we have a very busy year!) Rennie

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

prayers coming your way. I know, first hand how something health related can turn your whole world upside down - it stinks to try & figure out a "new way" of living but that is what we have to do. You my friend, are doing great and you're trying & that's all anyone can ask right now . . xoxo

JustAPinchofGinger said...

I can totally relate, although my struggle hasn't been from a physical accident, going through a separation has been filled with trauma. I'm with you ...rejoice in the little things, be filled with gratitude and take each day as it comes. Be well xo

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