Kayaking in my SCUBA dry suit might have paid off!
I was trying to stay active and push through whatever was ailing me. Hiking wasn't working. I was too dizzy, too exhausted, and it was just too difficult!
One day we decided to try kayaking thinking it would be a little easier for me (which it was). Everything was going well up until the very end when I lost my balance and fell backwards into the water. The water-activated lifejacket I was wearing deployed, ripping the Velcro on the left side, smashing my sunglasses into my head, breaking them in the same spot I was already unknowingly injured. While this second impact hurt like hell, I didn’t think much of it since I already felt horrible. I did a check to make sure my biopsy incision hadn't ripped open.
The tall tale as told by the father of my children....
“We get back to the ramp and your mother falls into the water overturning her kayak. She scrambles to her knees and "POW" the life jacket inflates. She then stands up and "POW" the Velcro on the cover lets go and the lifejacket smacks her on the head. It's almost 4-hours later and I'm still laughing.”
We still laugh about the incident, not the injury! What else can you do....
Two days later, I interviewed for a job at a commercial dive shop and started the following week. They had no idea the pain I would be in or the challenges to follow, and neither did I.
Pam Treischel is a SCUBA diver, photographer and mTBI warrior who shares her journey and lessons as she navigates an invisible injury.
No Perfection Here
I use speech-to-text to draft my stories. If one of my daughters has capacity to proof and edit, they graciously do. However, that is not always feasible so I might post a story without any real editing - deal with it:) I am also recording each story so those that struggle to read, like I do now, can have an alternative. I make mistakes recording to - never know what you might hear!