about me

I’ve started this blog as part of my self-rehabilitation. Five years ago, I was in a bad car accident. Initially, I hoped that I could power through the variety of symptoms I experienced and simply go on with my life: after all, I was fairly content with my work and my personal life.

[lacuna; no segue]

Currently, I’m working on extending my attention span (stuck at 15-20 minutes, maximum) and concentration. I’m also trying to rediscover the young writer/artist I was before my extended education convinced me of my total lack of creativity. Oh, I always was a creative thinker and reader, but withdrew from attempts to make art.

Adirondack Chair

Adirondack Chair (Photo credit: frontier.1968)

As I become bolder (IF I become bolder), I’ll add tidbits. I’m not concerned with generating a lot of readers, but I would very much like it if this site could encourage a conversation or two.

Γ€ bientΓ΄t. Follow me on twitter if you enjoy mashups: @yeltnuh. On pinterest, look for nasu just nasu.

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28 thoughts on “about me

  1. I had a serious head injury/skull fracture that altered my way of life. I was a moderately successful essay writer before that. Now that I’m better and writing again, I can’t write anything but humor (or what I , at least, think is humor).
    Here’s to your recovery, and new beginnings……

  2. I also wish you a steady recovery. I am a public school educator, among other things, and know what you mean about having your creativity squashed in school. It’s a pretty impersonal system ironically, and creative thinking is not usually honored. I’m glad to see that you rediscovered your creativity. That is a topic I am going to blog about more extensively this coming summer. Let’s keep following each other. I’m at Seven-360.

  3. yeltnuh says:

    It’s a deal. I’ll be interested to see what you have to say (I get tired of watching my own hamster-on-wheel thoughts).

    • I have been reading several very good books on creativity. It’s a topic I will always find fascinating. My son and I hope to film a short documentary this summer after interviewing several very creative people in our area. If we are able to do it, I will post it on Seven-360. Have a great day today! Keep in touch.

  4. Judith Post says:

    Our neighbor’s son had a head injury. He was a lovely boy, but the trauma caused horrible outbursts of rage. They warned us all to expect it. I love our community. We all just kept loving Kevin and took his temper in our stride. It took a few years, but he kept improving. You will too. Hang in there. And your turns of phrases, use of language, makes me believe there’s a lot of creativity tucked inside you. It will bloom.

  5. yeltnuh says:

    You are very kind; thank you. I keep checking with people to see if my personality has changed; so far, everyone says only that I am more withdrawn. But it IS frustrating, as you can see from Teresa’s comment, above. Chronic pain all over your head means working up courage to shower–how silly is that? Thinking? hmmm. Nonetheless, I have enough optimism (or is it stubbornness?) to keep pushing myself.

  6. SaneSamantha says:

    Although I can’t say for how your personality has changed – I can say I like the personality that you express through your comments and blogs. My son is a brain tumor cancer survivor who now suffers from atypical migraines (they come and go), and I had a brain hemorrhage when I went down on my Harley back in 2004. I was told by the surgeons that had I not been wearing a quality helmet, I would have easily died on the spot. These things – if we survive them – really do shape us. But I believe, at least for some of us, we are shaped for the better.

    • yeltnuh says:

      Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words. Finding a way to survive is difficult, I agree; I hope to find a way to be better–soon would be nice. πŸ™‚

      • SaneSamantha says:

        Sooner is always better. The sooner an agent realizes I’m a good bet; the sooner my life balances out; the sooner my future becomes secure once again. Yes, sooner. It is amazing though, what we can survive. I wish you the best while I push forward.

  7. yeltnuh says:

    (that’s me, standing in the wings applauding wildly)

  8. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says:

    I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. You can pass them on to your blogging friends if you like. You can also share a few secrets about yourself.
    http://bellybuttonblues.wordpress.com/

  9. yeltnuh says:

    whaaaa?? omg! today marks week three of blogging. gulp–ok, I can do this . . . . Thank you Teresa. May need a bit of time to process; having a bad one today.

  10. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says:

    There’s no obligation to accepting these awards–in fact, you can ignore them if you want, or wait to accept until you’re up to it. I enjoy your posts and want to acknowledge what you’ve accomplished in only 3 weeks.
    I’m still in intense rehab, so I know how tough it can be some days.
    My best to you.
    The comments about squelched creativity are quite intriguing to me, I’d like to hear more about how this aspect of your recovery is going–no pressure :o)

  11. yeltnuh says:

    sssshhhhh. I am totally flattered and goddess knows, I could use the boost. I also want to try the challenges; just in the midst of a high-on-the-freaking-hateful-pain-scale day. Tomorrow, I bet I can think again. Stay tuned! Same weirdoid channel, same weirdoid time (or errrr, close). today, I’m not sure of my first language.

  12. I am touched by your story and how perseverance or as your refer…it might be stubbornness! will prevail…but it’s the longest recovery time of anything I can think of. It’s like being on a roller-coaster, ups and downs but you just can’t get off!

    • yeltnuh says:

      It’s not the life I chose, but usually I can remember that it’s the life I have. It might sound rather cliched or superficial to say that, but at some point I intend to get past the rage and grief–and just get on as I can.

      Thanks for your support.

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  14. lightningpen says:

    Hi, your bravery and determination are an inspiration! I hope your writing catches on. Thank you for the follow as well! Keep creating!

  15. yeltnuh says:

    thank you, but you are mistaken. I’m a complete coward, but an odd sort who keeps questioning her cowardice. πŸ™‚

  16. takopoly says:

    S, my situation is massively different and yet also alike. I ruptured a disc in my lower back in a freak misstep 8 months ago and am only now returning to life lived upright. With an active 3 year old and dissertation needing to be written I have struggled. Good to “hear” your voice and hope the pain and brain fog get steadily better.

  17. yeltnuh says:

    It seems unlikely that I will get better, but I am in a fantastic Pain Management Clinic where I am learning how to a) cope better with my symptoms and b) cope better with that sliding scale that goes from rage to grief (aiming for an in-between state). I have not given up on medical treatments, but that is now a small part of my ‘hope.’

    If you ever feel like raging or voicing your fears, send me a direct message on twitter. πŸ™‚ I am sometimes slow to respond, depending on the day, but I DO respond.

    I’d also like to here about that dissertation. See? The old me is still in here, trying to claw her way out.

  18. SaneSamantha says:

    Thanks again the the “like!”

  19. namelessneed says:

    thanx for yr reblogging my poem/ I appreciate yr work too, G

  20. yeltnuh says:

    I’m sorry ‘reblogging’ is unfriendly to poetic layouts.

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