Expanded Moment: The boys worked together to choose something to take a silent video of. A picture, but longer. They chose to give the guinea pigs some bits of tomato and then videoed the girls for 2 1/2 minutes.
Exquisite Corpse: The boys had to take turns adding to a picture. Cameron started it and left a clue and then covered what he drew. Fritz went next and then covered his part as well. Adrian drew his giant last.
Imprint: The boys had to select an object, cut it in half, dip it in paint, and press it on paper multiple times to make an imprint. Cameron used a Celtic knot he made a while ago. Fritz used a plastic Easter egg. Adrian used a stick.
Under the Influence: The boys had to look at art by any artist or creator they liked and then create something in that artist’s style. Cameron chose Jeff Agala (Don’t Starve), Fritz chose Vincent Van Gogh, and Adrian chose Toby Fox (Undertale).
Yesterday Ani started at least a month of physical therapy 2-3 days a week. Her therapist is experienced with people with Ehlers-Danlos (really important to prevent further injury). Her neck issues appear to all be totally related to the EDS.
When she moves her neck, her vertebrae don’t work together, but instead twist in opposite directions. This equals pain. Her front neck muscles are much weaker than her back neck muscles. This equals pain. She has craniocervical instability. This equals pain. So much pain. Doctors laughed at her for saying her neck felt too weak to hold up her head. Well, the physical therapist isn’t laughing. Ani was right about that all along!
The goal of the physical therapy and (so many) exercises she has to do in between visits is to strengthen her neck and retrain the muscles to keep her vertebrae in alignment and moving properly together. The ultimate goal is to get her back on the mat training at taekwondo. For now, though, after her first two visits, her neck is really hurting. We are hopeful that in a few weeks it’ll be much better (me more than Ani to be honest – she’s pretty much resigned to being in horrible pain for the rest of her life).
This week’s Invisible Recovery is a short one. A few weeks ago Ani decided to start walking to help build her strength back up. Today she takes you with her on her first walk.
I ran across an old journal entry from several years ago where I wrote about how happy I was to have read 5 whole books in a single month and how I wanted to spend more time reading. Old me really amused current me.
And I have definitely increased the amount of time I spend reading.
So far this year I’ve read 51 books. That’s 11 in January, 12 in February, 20 in March, and 8 so far in April. I think old me would faint to know current me reads that much (granted, old me had much littler children and so had a lot less time to read!).
This week on Invisible Recovery, Ani talks about good days and bad days. She’s having more good days now than she was before, but she’s still having way too many bad days.