A Pain in the Neck – LITERALLY!

My car accident was a high-speed head-on impact and, as a result, I sustained severe whiplash injuries. I continue to suffer from the pain on a daily basis almost 2 years later. Following the accident, I went through pillow after pillow trying to find one that would support my neck and help me to find some comfort and relief. One other crucial requirement was that I could use it for back-sleeping and side-sleeping due to my broken sternum.

This is the only pillow that my neck (finally) allows me to find comfort.

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Vacuuming Woes Solved By The Animal

Feeling inspired to do some housework when you can’t lift anything is a challenge in itself. Enter, my canister vacuum: heavy, bulky, awkward and impossible for me to use. Anyone who has suffered injuries such as myself will be able to relate to the fact that you are spending a lot of time in your house. With two dogs roaming around, shaking fur from their bodies everywhere, the fur balls add up quickly. When they get big enough, they can sometimes trick you into thinking you have three dogs.

DC62 Animal

I set out on a search for a lightweight and powerful vacuum that would handle flooring and carpeting. My salvation was Dyson’s DC62 Animal Cordless Vacuum.

I find so much joy in being about to contribute to the household and do something for myself, by myself!

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Get Your Eyes Checked Out – PART 2

In my posting, Get Your Eyes Checked Out – PART 1, I described how my eyes were actually affected by my concussion. After experiencing some frightening symptoms, I went to see my Ophthalmologist. I am diagnosed with a vitreous detachment in my left eye. Things didn’t end there.

I was having difficulty with my balance and reading so it was suggested that I see a neuro-optometrist. Continue reading “Get Your Eyes Checked Out – PART 2”

How Musicians Earplugs Gave Me My Life Back

One of the most emotionally debilitating symptoms of my concussion was hyperacusis; or over-sensitivity to noise. What used to sound like a normal conversation now sounded like freight train screaming by on the rails. At first I resorted to foam earplugs to get some relief only to find everything muffled and distorted. They were also very uncomfortable; especially for someone with smaller ears such as myself.

When a social event presented itself, I would decline. I also could no longer tolerate the sound of a crowd at the shopping mall or grocery store.

When company was visiting, I would wear my big on-ear noise-cancelling headphones to filter as much as I could, but it was not enough. Did I mention that my life revolved around music? I could not tolerate music either as it not only challenged my tolerance for sound, it also made my head hurt. This went on for 8 long months.

I sought out anything that might make a difference and I thankfully stumbled upon Continue reading “How Musicians Earplugs Gave Me My Life Back”