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Kent I think you are making incredible progress. And that's a compliment coming from another TBI survivor. My TBI was from a table saw kick-back. I know how challenging it can be to keep your train of thought when your brain wants to take a break sometimes. Learning how to sit up, stand, walk, going back to work, then driving. Each was a goal for me, each was a miracle that I celebrated when I achieved it. But wood working was different for me. It had been a hobby all of my life, but I was scared to go back at first. It took me a while to get the courage to turn on a power tool. At first I would just go out and move things around, organize and clean. I found some projects that were in progress and tried to figure out what I needed to do to finish them. Slowly they would get completed. Every once in a while I'll start something new but is taxing to think through a project from start to finish, to plan what the next step is, and to organize those thoughts into a plan. I take a lot of very detailed notes when I think of things. I found it really helps to break down projects into a lot of small steps. If I have a lot of energy one day perhaps I can complete two or three steps that day. The table saw still stresses me out and for some reason so does the router table. I have friends that I can depend on to help me if I need assistance. I'm glad to see you have a hobby that brings you enjoyment.
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