When I feel the need to write, nothing matters till the words are down! Today is such a day.
I do sit n cry now and then when I’m alone – and am not ashamed to say so, either. This feeling of gratefulness hits me, memories of trying to swallow litres of spit after my coma and trying to lift my head up too – it was so heavy, like a cannon ball.
I cannot fully express the happiness I feel at the moment. I love having a purpose again! Working in the community seems to be bringing out the new Pete; working over 20 hours is still a struggle but, all in all, I don’t suffer with fatigue any longer. Insomnia and fatigue was hell for what seemed like forever!!
The company limits my hours for now, and I’m also finishing the last part of my Certificate 3 in Allied Health within the company (thanks to Michelle Jenkins!)
On completing this, I’m very grateful after fighting my way back from locked-in-syndrome, total quadriplegia and speechlessness to getting a Allied Health Certificate 3 and a Community Care Support position.
Now you see why I cry!
My fight to gain millimetre after millimetre for half a decade has made me this new man. I’m still a bit obsessed there I think, as I can’t stop rotating my wrists or trying to lift my legs in shops.
Know what I think? I think I like the new me better! The limping, non-drinking Pete is very, very content, more positive and laughs a bit more – well, a LOT more at myself, actually! Haha. My life’s slotting back in place in a much more exciting way.
The point of this blog was to say to others with ABIs (Acquired Brain Injuries) or stroke: “No matter how far or how long it takes to achieve the smallest of goals, you must keep trying, and you just never know how far or how much you’ll achieve!
Please! Focus only on today. If you do this then, one day, tomorrow could surprise you! Be stubborn. Get obsessive. Keep positive. Believe. Keep trying.
Above all, hang tough and focus.
God bless you!
Pete 😎 👊👍