A Crisis, A Call, A Camera

A Crisis, A Call, A Camera

My health care team is not really a team: it’s three parts linked through me, the one with the injured brain, the healing brain, the brain that has suddenly sent them into crisis mode while freaking me out. I have tried for years to get the disparate parts of my team to talk together. I’ve […]

Share
The Centreboard Life of Brain Injury

The Centreboard Life of Brain Injury

  When we first came to Canada, my father’s colleague introduced us to the frightening delight of sailing in a tippy boat on a lake with capricious winds in Ontario. Pretty soon, my Dad had his own centreboard sailboat, one that was a little more stable than his colleague’s Albacore. Back then, only rich fat […]

Share
Endless Saturday, the Day Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Endless Saturday, the Day Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday

It’s Endless Saturday. I used to call it Waiting Saturday. Like that day when Jesus’s disciples, particularly the women, waited for the Sabbath to be over so that they could visit his grave; like that day, the day after tragedy struck, and no one knew what to do other than wait, my life was one […]

Share
My London Hotel, La Suite West, a Good Base for Exploring the City

My London Hotel, La Suite West, a Good Base for Exploring the City

 My London hotel, La Suite West, was a little hard to find. Both cabs I took to it, one from Heathrow, another from a dinner out, motored past it. The hotel needs a big sign out front! I’d checked La Suite West’s website many times, had emailed them about my reservation and asked sundry […]

Share
What's Flying Across "the Pond" like?

What’s Flying Across “the Pond” like?

What’s flying across “the pond” like against the prevailing winds? Well, sit back in your narrowest chair, stretch your feet out till your knees are half bent, and let me tell you. Or watch! To begin, I used an e-Boarding Pass on my iPhone; and took one small suitcase whose zip is Herculean in strength, […]

Share
My First Real Vacation Post Brain Injury

My First Real Vacation Post Brain Injury

As I mentioned earlier this month, I needed a break. I actually needed a vacation, a complete getting away from my life and from Canada, as you may have gathered from my post on my flight to England. Before my injury, I used to travel to England regularly to visit my relatives. But after one of […]

Share
The *Cursed* Flight: On my First Real Vacation Post Brain Injury Too!

The *Cursed* Flight: On my First Real Vacation Post Brain Injury Too!

On March 13, I entered Toronto’s Pearson Airport on the busiest day of the year, the first day of March Break. The next day, I left the country. I texted my mother: “1:22am: officially up in the air, seats go back, people already snoozing except guy in front to left reading a series of papers […]

Share
An Amazing Meeting About Reading

An Amazing Meeting About Reading

 I met with a psychologist at the University of Toronto to talk brain, to get a different, “not-an-expert” perspective on my reading, which as regular readers of my blog would know I’ve come to think of as the best perspective. It was fascinating. I hugely enjoyed our conversation. And I don’t know about that […]

Share
Christmas Break From Health Care

Christmas Break From Health Care

With the way the Christmas and New Year’s dates fall, I’ll be off from some of my health care appointments three weeks instead of two. Most times I looked forward to a break, some years I even tried to extend it, but it’s a measure of how much my routine sustains me these days that […]

Share
/* ]]> */