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  • Writer's pictureJackie Bradbury

Me Not Brain Good

There's been a lot of interruptions in the Stick Chick Blog lately.

Honestly, it's just one of the many side-effects of stuff I've been struggling with for the last three months.

The big problem has been my health. My health has simply not been good since early November or so.

Pretty much my life in the last three months.

I had a mystery chronic headache that at some points rivaled the worst migraine I've ever had (but wasn't migraine) and took nearly seven weeks to figure out how to fix it. It is fixed, by the way, but it just took a long time to figure out what the cause was.

Then I lost a week and a half to the flu (Happy New Year!), and then, in the wake of that, I've been fighting an infection that settled in so hard that several treatments in, it's still not quite done with me yet as I write this in late January.

My body just doesn't work right and my brain is wrapped in wool, but it's not just because of the sickness and the side effects of medicine.

I've not been able to train in the martial arts much because I'm so sick.

No martial arts, no brain good.

I have to train, and soon, because I have some important goals in 2019 and I won't reach them if I don't. I have to train, and soon, because long experience tells me that I'm at my best when I'm training, and I want to be at my best.

And I have to train, and soon, because I'm getting dumber by the minute, and I can feel it.

Even my visualization of martial arts things isn't working right, because as I said, I don't brain good right now. It's REALLY to follow along to video. It's hard to write about the martial arts here on the blog.

I don't think I'm as mentally sharp in other areas of my life as I could be if I were training on the regular, either, and that's... not good.

I'm really hoping this latest round of doc visits and medicine does the trick, as I want to be sure I get in SOME training before the end of January rolls around. I have as a goal to start a Panantuken class ASAP, and it's hard to do that when you cough all the time and can't breathe. I'm double-sure my classmates would just LOVE to train with me too, right?

How do you cope when you just CAN'T train? What are some tips and tricks? Do you feel "dumber" when you can't train? Let me know in the comments!

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