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Top 10 things I've learned this year



10. Being young does not equal being invincible.

9. Having friends in several different time zones comes in handy when you need to call someone from the ICU at 2 a.m. EST.

8. Next time (oh, how I hope there's never a next time...) take pictures of self in ICU with husband so when husband asks months later why you did not visit him in the hospital, you can prove you were there. For 12-14 hours a day. Jerk.

7. Always keep essential toiletries and at least a week's worth of clean clothes on hand so you don't have to go to three stores and do two loads of laundry to get everything together to pack for rehab.

6. 4-6 weeks doesn't mean the same to medical personnel as it means to the rest of us. My interpretation was that J.J. would be in rehab for between 28 and 42 days. Their interpretation was, hmmm, dude's been here for six days, let's send him packing.

5. Sending husband with short-term memory loss to grocery store without a list is about as unpredictable and exciting as Russian Roulette. Do you feel lucky, punk? Do you?

4. The word "aphasia" is actually really difficult for someone with aphasia to pronouce, which just seems really cruel.

3. You can go months without using the word "pineapple" in a sentence without missing it much at all.

2. The most important words in the English language are I love you.

1. Taking care of yourself sometimes instead of everyone else around you isn't selfish. It's selfish not to do so.


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