hiatus |hīˈādəs| noun
a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.
Hiatus is as good a word as any to describe the many months I've spent apart from my normal work that required merging with AMAG. At the time of the head injury, over a year ago, AMAG cautioned strongly against attempting regular activities until my brain had healed enough to support the merge process. After the initial pain and physical discomfort of vertigo, which lasted more than six months, the part I disliked most was the loss of sight and hearing. I'm not referring to regular vision, although that has been slightly impaired because of the location of the brain bump, but rather what's sometimes called second sight. From early childhood, I knew that I saw differently than those around me and heard words and sounds that others seemed oblivious to. For many years, I believed there was something wrong with me and tried to hide my extra awareness. This lack of perceptions I had come to rely on as normal created an odd sensation of there being fewer dimensions in my life; that is, people and things appeared flattened and slightly faded in color and I couldn't hear what others were thinking. It was like watching a movie in black and white with the sound turned off instead of in HD color and surround sound! Thanks to special treatment from a gifted health practitioner a few months ago, those senses have returned and I'm able to perceive as before. I'm more than ever convinced that we're all capable of extra-sensory perception, we just don't all use our brains the same way. Anything is possible.