My New Normal

What to Expect

Over the past few weeks, I've learned a lot about brain surgery, what to expect, how to cope and I haven't even gone through it yet. One of the best things I've done is read a book that Allison sent me: I had Brain Surgery. What's Your Excuse by Suzy Becker. I am writing this after finishing the first 250 pages, that should tell you something!

The book (and puppy!) arrived Thursday and, well, I was more excited about the puppy. Friday morning, on a whim, I grabbed the book to read on my commute into the city. Thanks to metro I had several extra minutes to become enthralled with the book (look at that positive spin on metro delays; be proud). What I really like about Beckner's book is she gives a realistic account of what surgery and recovery is going to be like. Granted, I am having a totally different surgery, but it is nice to see everything takes time and how she recovered. I can't expect to get back to running immediately, heck I haven't been able to run since November. I can't even expect the same me. I have to figure out what the new normal for me is now. That, I have a feeling, is going to be tough.

I am hoping for a super easy recovery, but I won't be surprised if it requires therapists and other help to get back to my new normal. New normal - that's going to take some getting used to. It's because after surgery, you may never be the same. That can happen. You never know how your brain being exposed to air is going to affect you and this surgery has already changed me, I can tell. Things that used to stress me out, I could care less about now. Little things that I used to hate don't even bother me now because they aren't even on my radar. I'm even writing about what I am feeling and that in itself is a huge change.

The Brain

Now, for a little lesson on the parts of the brain, by Pinky and the Brain!



**The book was a gift from my friend Allison; not from the author or publisher or a book seller. I was not compensated for this post or asked to review the book. I wrote this because I wanted to.