I bought a snack from a vending machine today for the first time since the stroke. Since January 2010, to be exact.
I didn't realize how complicated this process is: reading a random combination of letters and numbers; putting things in the right sequence (put in money first or push the button first?); math; some physical work (bending to retrieve the snack); and finally, opening the package.
Sometimes I feel triumphant when I can do things again. Other times I feel like an alien who's just landed on earth.
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