Postcard from my brain

Mara didn’t really pay me much attention before the accident. Then, at 4:30 AM, a week after she returned home from hospital, she scribbled in her notebook I want my brain back.

Vindication! Never mind the Although, also, secret, I think it’s all too much. Her words were gold.

Pink jellyfish

I was not, as she correctly ascertained, completely there. After a hit and a bleed (technically referred to as a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage), I needed rest and rehab. As it turned out, I also needed Mara to need me.

Seven weeks later, Mara started writing again. But compressing her bicycle accident and recovery story into one short piece remained elusive.

Enter, moi! Or, rather, Mara, having another of her many post-accident epiphanies, decided that the name for her seven-years-in-the-making blog could be Postcards From My Brain, and that I should author the first post.

Welcome to Mara’s brain. [MG edit: Um, hello. That should definitely read “blog” not “brain!”]

To be fair, Mara’s had enough to do just dealing with me. I might as well save her some time.

Ah, time. That precious commodity. Who knew you could almost lose it all in an instant? Or that you need so much just to buy back what you had?

After Mara completed the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test, she was started in on a five-days-a-week cardiovascular program.

“You have to get blood and oxygen to the brain,” said Dizzio, the concussion guru. “You have to build up activity to enlarge your gas tank.”

A few weeks later Mara started running.

That took care of body and brain. This might be considered food for the soul.

17 thoughts on “Postcard from my brain

  1. Congrats on starting your blog Mara! I am so glad to hear you are back to writing, and that your recovery is coming along. I enjoyed reading, and laughed as your humour shone through. I look forward to following along, and wish you much love. Lisa Campbell

  2. Mara, we’re thinking of you and hoping you are feeling 100% soon! I love the concept of “postcards from my brain” – you definitely haven’t lost your creative touch. Get well soon! Janet

  3. Labs darbs kas izdarīts. Turpini rakstīt, turpini vingrot, turpini dzivot. Klausi tiem kas Tev mīl un grib palīdzēt. Izdosies beigas labi.

  4. Love it, Mara! Very creative and fun to read, I hope there is more soon, you left me hanging! I hope this helps the soul recover as well. My sister-in-law also had a bad bicycle accident about the same time as you but yours was worse. It’s not nice to hear these stories but glad you are both recovering and healing. Keep it up! 😁

  5. Hey Māra – please give my regards to your brain – I’ve been a fan for quite some time, and love the postcard – and your blog!

  6. Mara,
    We ( Drake and I) read this together. It seems appropriate as we like to read together and we feel as though we share your story. Your Brain intrigues us and we look forward to all the insights yet to be shared. Most importantly we are grateful you are ok and recovering! Much love from the west….

  7. Oh, dear, Mara! I am so shocked to learn of this terrible trauma. How can we rally ’round you to support?! You are dearly loved and admired by so many! Let us support you. Do you have a point person who is helping you coordinate care etc? I would be happy to help you.

  8. I think that it is a huge step to see your brain as separate from your mind. Listening to your brain is an opportunity be a cause for a better relationship not only with your brain, but also with the rest of the collection of entities that make up your body parts.
    You are amazing!

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