Summer Shoes

Quite a few women have asked me what I have been doing for shoes now that the weather is warming up. The October long weekend was the first time we have had hot weather lasting a number of days. When I saw the weather forecast for that long weekend, I knew that I needed to … More Summer Shoes

Sorting Through the Trauma

I really don’t look forward to any medical appointment very much, but this one I was dreading. I had deliberately scheduled seeing this specialist during a non-lecture week. I needed space, emotionally and mentally, leading up to this appointment and rushing from lecture to the specialist’s rooms wasn’t giving me that flexibility. So I cleared the space … More Sorting Through the Trauma

Celebrating the Triumphs

I have been an outpatient now for eleven weeks. From week to week, seeing the tiniest of improvements and then experiencing bigger setbacks, takes persistence that I honestly thought was sometimes beyond me. I have also seen how transient patient life is at the rehab hospital; most patients pass quickly in and out of the … More Celebrating the Triumphs

Oh, Look At Her

The sun was glorious as I stepped out of the house; I felt warm for the first time since Spring arrived. I had reached my writing goal the previous day, so I was giving myself a day off from writing. I decided to read a novel instead. So after my regular Saturday morning Pilates session … More Oh, Look At Her

A Most Unexpected Change

My patience was in shreds. The week was a long one, trying to forge ahead with rehab alongside lectures, meetings, appointments, marking assessment, and everything else that happens in between to make life go from one day to the next. Thursday afternoon though was when my patience broke. My patience wasn’t in tatters because of … More A Most Unexpected Change

Working With What We Have

Writer’s block is torturous. Sitting down to write, yet nothing seems to be in my head. Having a document open and ready, and even with copious notes written down, a structure of a chapter on paper, I keep drawing blanks. I go to write a sentence, it doesn’t work. It’s awkward, lacking elegance. I try … More Working With What We Have

A Very Frank Discussion

Finally arriving at the last week of lectures before our mid semester break was a relief. I was exhausted in every way. I had also been wondering whether the muscle spasms were due to fatigue. With no lectures in the next couple of weeks we would know whether exhaustion was a factor. But in that … More A Very Frank Discussion

How Life Has Changed

There isn’t a part of my life that change has left untouched. Nothing in life is immune from change. I’m not talking about how plans can be in tatters within a few short days. I’m speaking about change in the minutiae of life, in the hum-drum, in the mundane. Some parts of life have changed out … More How Life Has Changed

The Second Trip to Sydney

Seeing the email arrive in my inbox later than usual, I cringed slightly, wondering if the lateness of the updated agenda, which the email contained, meant another lengthy board meeting. I remember all too well the disaster of my last trip to Sydney. And I could tolerate sitting much better then compared to now. With … More The Second Trip to Sydney

You’re Always Smiling!

I knew moving back home was going to be hard, I just didn’t know how hard. If I was bordering on the constantly tired before, I was now teetering on the edge of exhaustion by evening. The 5am starts, trying to remain on top of work, while keeping up with rehab, as well as stepping … More You’re Always Smiling!