Back after a LONG hiatus - baking is therapeutic for me!
I'm just here to quickly re-introduce myself. I consider myself an intermediate baker and I have my fair share of baking toys. I've been baking in a variety of ways for the last 15 years, bread baking is one area I still want to master MORE.
My return coincides with recovering from a stroke (actually two, but only one left a deficit) that I had almost a year ago. The strokes were small, but significant and for a while, I lost my ability to read and write. Reading long passages is still difficult (I tend to skip words), but I'm recovered and I shouldn't have further strokes as they discovered what caused them. I happen to have a flukish system that needs slightly higher blood pressure due to the way the blood flows through my brain and so when I started taking blood pressure medicine for the first time a year ago, it lowered it too much and too quickly for my body and caused a stroke within 3 days of starting the medicine and again 3 months later - which is when they figured out the problem.
Mentally, I'm "over" the strokes, but how I was treated at work when I had the strokes will take longer for me to recover. Basically, I lost my career, so not only did I have to recover from the strokes, but I had to recover from losing a job and career I loved too. THAT has been the part that still makes me so sad, so I'm using bread baking (and baking in general) as therapy. Exercising my brain to try new things helps keep my brain sharp, so reading here, trying new things, and keep my brain flexible is all good.
I don't eat much of my creations as I'm carb sensitive, but my family enjoys, so there is that too.