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Category: on a personal note

What I’ve learned from the drive

Every time I came “back to America” from Alaska, I felt simultaneously excited, disquieted, and wistful about the proximity of other states to the state I was visiting. I would exclaim, “You can drive from here to other states! You just go that way on the interstate!” And perhaps people looked at me askance, but it honestly struck me, hard, every time.

I’m used to it now.

Invisible disabilities and healing

Honestly, at the beginning of November, I wasn’t feeling that thankful. I was (unbeknownst to myself at the time, and knock on wood in the hopes that it’s really true) at the end of a very, very bad year, which started with an unexplained pain in my left foot beginning last fall and went through a series of stages, from hip pain starting sometime before ALA Midwinter, through [what should have been] a minor thumb injury that ended up costing me a lot of the use of my dominant hand for several months. There was some other pain in other places in there, too. There was a significant period where, between the hand and the hip (and maybe the shoulder?), even getting dressed was a challenge for me.