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Brachial Girl Update

So I've been too focused on my "real" life to allow much time for my brachial plexus life ... if that makes any sense!

To catch you up on me -

I've been working 2 days a week in an admin role for the Australian Association of Social Workers, and also trying to get my family life organised. I've also been working on my 2 Diploma courses, though not as much as I should be!

I've found that after working my 2 days, I'm exhausted! I've also discovered that I think my brain was affected by the accident as well. Unless it's just the Lyrica. I'm just not as "quick thinking" as I used to be and I find it really frustrating. But I'm hoping I'm just out of practice ...

I've been cooking a bit more, hence the photo of the cookies lol!

The association is on hold as I can't afford the registration fee ($150) and I'm quite distressed about it because I have to pay the registration fee by 17 August or start all over again which means the advertisement fee that was paid for the notice of intention to register that was donated by a fellow BPI patient will be wasted. I have appealed to the surgeons and therapists around the country for small donations but haven't had any response, so I guess it is up to me, unless any of you want to donate anything!?

You can donate here if you want to help

As for my recovery, things are going pretty well. I can use my biceps, brachialis, triceps and deltoids and my hand and wrist are the same. I can use the muscles, but it's very robotic, and very limited. When I am lying down, I can lift my arm straight up over my head, and I can do the snow angel movement. I can't do it standing up though. The other day, I was sitting at my desk and I yawned and involuntarily stretched, and without think both my arms bent at the elbow and raised up above my head .... I freaked out, tried again, got it half way then it fatigued. So .... maybe, just maybe, I will be able to lift above my head ... time will tell.

I am trying to use my BPI hand on the mouse when I'm working, but after a few hours the arm starts hurting really bad. But I will keep doing it.

Now that I'm completely free of the Tramadol, the pain is definitely more noticeable. It really makes it difficult to stay focused and to go about normal things. I'm battling with it, but I'm not going to let it stop me from carrying on a normal life.

I'm hoping to take some videos for you all in the next few days to show my progress; I haven't been seeing my OT so I'm finding it hard to do the filming lol.

I'm going to get back into researching and sharing info with everyone again now that I've kind of settled into a work/study/rest/life routine.

Be sure to let me know if there is anything you are trying to find out etc and I'll see if I can help!

<3 Brachial Girl

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