I painted the fox and chickadee above in 2010, for our grand daughters nursery.This fox had many adventures in all the stories that Gracie and created.
We sat in the rocker and off we would go.
The autism has given our Gracie a memory that is amazing, she never forgets and can retell every story we created.
Word for word.
I had to be on my toes because she would correct me if I strayed from the original tale.
Where did the time go.
Gracie loves to take photos and in this photo above she said Nana look at the camera, she said No Nana, I’m over here follow my voice.
It was so funny,
I’m over two weeks in on the medication, we know now that small changes are happening but I’m afraid to speak the words for fear I’ll jinx myself.
I’m not a superstitious person but I’m going forward cautiously.
The side effects remain,
no not chest hairs I’m pleased to say,
but they’ve put me on yet another pill and it’s really helping the sickness.
I’ve never been one to take pills but I’m trying to be compliant.
One improvement is the stuttering, my brain injury caused stuttering at times , worse when I was tired .
I’m not an overly chatty person , I am a quiet person I suppose you would say, I am a good listener, but I had become even less chatty with the brain injury, my family of course found ways to make the stuttering amusing at most times , to lighten the mood, not in a mean way and Garry and Gracie were always there to take up the conversation when I couldn’t find my words.
I know I drove poor computer helper Siri crazy , any voice recognition program on computer or phone sometimes interpreted my words in very creative way at times.
Always an adventure.
So things are looking up, far less stuttering , just still a bit of a pause when I speak. It was a coping mechanism habit and it seems to be staying with me.
I still spend most of the night wandering around in the darkness, insomnia is my new companion.
You see I never think to turn the lights on to make tea or do what ever, because let’s face it,,
lights don’t help.
and it still startles family when they come into the kitchen at night to find me sitting in the dark,
They say I’m silent as a fox.
Hopefully that will all change.
Always a fox.
Thank you everyone for your well wishes.
We’re going to be away for a few weeks and no computers will be accessible so I will talk to you all when we return.