Lifelines! You need lifelines! There are lots of videos about them. https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...+with+liflines
Take your pick or find another, but do get acquainted with them, they'll save your sanity. Stitch markers too. If you use stitch markers to mark the beginning a repeat you can tell if you're on or off at that point and it's easier and less painful to tink back a set of stitches than to frog lots of rows.
Normal? Yeah, I'd say so. Dummy? Nope! As crazykntter83 said, it gets easier.