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My Wife Is Better Health Wise And Recovering Good....

I'm so happy to report my wife is better walking, sleeping, and being herself again.... God is good all the time!!!!! So all I can think of is take her to some place she loves and enjoys being there..... She even got up this morning and went to early morning Glory service at church driving herself in my car of course........   That place will be the Casino since they have already sent me an email for two free nights at the Hotel...... She was cleared by her doctor this week and all the gear she was using was turned in so she can wear regular clothes and shoes again and return to work full time.... God Is Good All The Time!!!!   I send my Thanks for All Your Prayers and Best Wishes they were all good, thank you all!!!!!   Thank You, Thank You.......

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Well It Is About Time We go to the Casino Again

As I sit here at home now and my wife has finished all her hospitalization and surgeries I feel it's time to go to the casino again..... It may have to be on the week ends since she is trying to also return to work at the bank while she is feeling much better..... She needs to be moving around and walking some to get her strength back...... We shall see what goes in the next few days......

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Just Blogging Again!!!!!! Something We Can Still Do.......

It's been so long since I last blogged I have almost forgotten how or what to do in writing a blog..... Then again it appears the site has made a few changes too....... Well to start with I'm doing pretty good considering after suffering a big stroke years ago and I'm still around to be on Stroke Net posting.....   I really hope all of you I know are doing pretty good too as we all will try to do the best we can long as we can by the grace of God above.... I don't get on site like I once did so perhaps many of you all will not know nor remember who I am but I been on here since 2005 a year after my stroke.... Yea I'm still claiming it because I shall never forget having a stroke much as I want to forget but just can't get it out of my mind nor body.....   With my left side still paralyzed and I forget things along the way there is just no way I shall ever not remember the stroke I had while home alone and the six months I spent in the hospital not knowing if I would live or die....... I'm sure we got many new members now that I never met or know about or them knowing about me....   In fact I still remember when I was a new volunteer on this site back in 2007.... So I still got a bit of my old mind intact for all I been faced with over the years and after the stroke while home alone..... All of us members can be thankful we found this wonderful site to communicate with others just like us...... Obviously I don't get around much lately on my scooter nor travel as I once did but I'm a lot older now and for sure a bit slower with age.....   There is no known cure for strokes that I know about so they will no doubt be around for a long time to come.... Can't you just Imagine a pill years from now you can take to prevent you from ever suffering a stroke?????? As we all know strokes are crippling in many ways from talking, walking, memory and just living after suffering a stroke of any kind..... But through it all by the grace of God many people survive and live their lives long after the stroke they suffered at some point in their life....   I'm so thankful to our CEO and Founder Steve for his creation of this stroke site some years ago now..... Hopefully I will still be around to post and comment about strokes and survival years from now........ Who knows what the future holds for all of us young or old????

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Christmas Time Is Here And The New Year Right Behind

Well before we can all say Santa Claus Christmas will be upon us and a brand new year too, yea 2017 is ready to come on in our lives and homes.... The new car ideas will be running through our minds making us think do we want to get in big debt to have a brand new car or truck???? I guess it all depends on your income level and with that said I have to keep on driving my old 2003 Ford Explorer for a few more miles longer and it has over two hundred and nine thousand on it right now..... It runs great and I take care of it.... I would be lost without driving that vehicle any longer.....   Now if I should get so lucky and hit the Power Ball or Mega Million lottery real soon I could change my mind I'm sure...... My pocket change right now will not allow me to purchase a new vehicle anytime soon..... Plus we got a grand daughter that will want to go to college in a few more years I'm sure and her mom don't have a penny to help her get in college it will be upon my wife and me since they live with us and have been for years......   I want to wish all of you members here a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may the Lord bless all of you and keep you strong in spirit..... He knows all our needs and sufferings as He is with us always...... **hi** :cloud9:   The weather here in central Texas has changed to much cooler or down right cold to me so I will be inside much of the time now..... I got my TV and the Football games both college and the Pros to watch while I sip on a peach tea and have a few snacks......   Take care of yourselves, family, and the little ones too!!!!!! We all will get through this winter together.......

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Christmas Is Just Around The Corner And Over The Hill

It's almost that time of the year again while many folks are still shopping for bargains where ever they can find them...... Yes Christmas is coming pretty fast and the weather hasn't changed very much in my neck of the woods..... Football games are being played while many folks have done their shopping for gifts and decorations for their homes, roof tops and yards..... It's an annual thing many folks look forward to doing each Christmas...... Of course the children like to help get the house ready for a visit from Santa himself and his Reindeer ..... That way they know toys will fill their homes another year.....   Many of us are parents now but we all had children in the house at one time looking for gifts from Santa...... I suppose that will always be the case for many households around the world..... I can look back now to the times when my parents just had no money to buy us any toys nor decorate the house and yard.... My how times change..... We didn't even have food a lot of those times but God was with us no matter how poor we were...... Now I see on the news people breaking into businesses and stealing what they can from the very person that is trying to make a living by selling things to the public....   So 2016 is almost over in another month or so as we all get ready for 2017, the new cars, and the football games on TV...... I'm 13 years out from the stroke I had in 2004 and still not back to doing what I once could but glad to just be living as best I can with what I got left in my body..... I can only imagine many of you feel the same way as I do...... At least we got that much to look ahead to in life because it could be so much worse.....   I see on the news where many people are still out shopping for bargains and gifts but the new cars are not selling as fast in many areas and states..... I still got my 2003 Ford Explorer with 208,000 miles on it and plan on having it for more years to come...... I suppose I will always need my scooter as well so it stays in my car to use when I need it since my walking is slow at best and not good at all.... That's life!!!!! I had the stroke and I'm still here 13 years later...... :roflmao: I hope everyone has a good Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!!!!!

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Well I survived Thanksgiving Day

Life goes on and I got plenty rest the last few days now I'm ready to watch all the football games they can show on TV for the next few days..... I'm not going out shopping can't fight the big crowds and bargain hunters that will bust in the doors early as possible..... I guess that gets folks out the house but I stay home anyway so I am OK with that..... I just enjoy being home with the two little dogs as they keep me company all the time.....   Then the lady comes in at 9am to to fix me food and do her little things for me like putting lotion on my legs and putting my socks on that's a big help to me.... My wife takes care of me bathing at night so I stay pretty clean and fresh..... So to me life is a chore in itself but I do the best I can in my physical condition for the last 12 years without any problems to speak of that I can't handle myself..... Now at 75 years young and not many appointments to make I think I do pretty good....   My wife is seeing the doctors for a condition I can't pronounce but has a racing heart beat lately so I pray things will work out with her soon.... She is all I got as we have been a couple now since 1998 or a bit before that time..... So keep us in your prayers my friends!!!!!!!   I hope all of you are enjoying this time shopping, going, finding bargains in the stores and getting ready for Christmas just around the corner.... Time goes by pretty fast it seems to me so I will be home not in the stores at all...... When you have little money you stay home and my name isn't Trump...... I do miss the Poker games we used to have at my house long before the stroke I survived but those times are gone forever now....   Well for this Blog I think I have said it all so you all take care be careful out shopping and at home too.... More next time....

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This Is Going To Sound Crazy!

The more I think and feel I am normal the more I find out I am not!!!! My whole left side head to toes does not work normally..... As I have said I am paralyzed totally on left side!!! This morning my left thigh muscle will not work so walking with a cane is not happening today.... I have no more appointments to make for a week or two so that's good news.... At least the two little dogs are near me all day for company..... They know to go upstairs and use their pad to relieve themselves then come down and tell me I can go up and change it now.....   It's a good thing I got a stair lift because I would never make it up or down the way my left side is now so that gives me a duty all day long until my grand daughter is home from school....... But you know I just don't feel I got that much time left on this earth above ground the way these animals stay by my side all day...... If they could talk I think they would be saying we are sitting with him because he don't have much time left......   In all honestly I am ready if God calls my name or number and I can be thankful for the 75 years I was given..... My mom only got 81 years and I was her 18th and last child born in 1941 when she was 45 years old....   Then I look back at my marriages (all 4 of them) my last one has been the longest which is nearly 20 years right now and my first wife has been gone that long as we had just two kids, a girl born in Germany and a boy born here at Fort Hood, Texas......   I don't want to list the things not so good but by the grace of God I survived Vietnam after being operated on there to save my life and sent back to the hospital in San Francisco to recover..... So as a disabled veteran I think I have given my all and my honor to God my whole life.....   :roflmao:

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How Many Years People Been Having Strokes????

I could probably look it up someplace but this way I will probably get more answers!!!!!!!!!   I am my parents 18th and last child and no one in the family ever suffered a stroke as they all had to work hard in the fields farming different crops each year to help our father make a living so all of us could eat and buy a few clothes to wear.... It was a bit different by the time I got to be school age so I was able to get a new bicycle and a BB gun that I had to work hard to get.....   I couldn't ride the bike to school in those days we had to walk a few miles no school buses at that time and the walk was a few miles each way from where we lived...... So 11 sisters and brothers not one of them suffered a stroke then here I come along after 22 years in the Army and retired for years running my own business (A Bowling Pro Shop} inside a bowling center I have a Stroke 12 years ago knowing nothing about strokes.....   I was blessed to learn how to shoot at an early age then I was selected to join the All Army Pistol Team and I competed for years until I retired in 1979 at Baumholder, Germany coming back to Fort Benning, GA and shot that summer on the Army pistol team for my last time..... I was a Distinguished Pistol Shot and had all my own pistols and even shot International tournaments and in the Olympics.....   All those years and no stroke then in 2004 it hit me hard and here I am 12 years later still suffering from the stroke which now I know happens to people everywhere all the time...... I came across this Stroke site in 2005 and learned so much about strokes until I'm still here.....   My condition is I am paralyzed on left side but being right handed it works out pretty good for me to be able to drive my SUV and haul my scooter everywhere I go.... I bought my vehicle in 2003, a Ford Explorer that I will keep forever until I'm gone.....   That's all my knowledge about strokes and I know it is a long road to recovery and probably never completely without having effects and showing signs you suffered a stroke at some point in your life..... :roflmao: Strokes are not new to have but anyone know how long people been having strokes??? As a youngster I remember older people in wheelchairs with missing legs or a foot or even got wounded in the military but nothing about strokes......   Any information you know or may have about the years strokes been happening to people let me know please....... I sure thought at one time I would be back on both feet walking as usual, dancing and having sex as usual, running, playing basketball like I used to do years ago now....   That is not the case I can't drive up to stores park, get out and walk inside.... The curb is there I can't step up I have to look for an incline walk way then get in the door if they are not sliding glass doors..... It's not easy going after suffering a stroke at least not for me so far...... I thank God for my scooter but when I'm alone I have to get it out myself and get the seat on it with one hand which is a bit hard to do sometimes..... I have to take the seat off for it to fit with the lift I got..... I haul my scooter inside not outside on the back of the vehicle like you see some folks do all the time....   Well I suppose this is another blog I didn't intend to write but started to wonder how many years people been having strokes since I had one myself.....

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Stroke, stroke it's been 12 years for me!!!!

Any of you ever get to that point in your life where you just get tired of being and feeling like you do since you had the stroke???? Well I have reached that point in my life after 12 years with this stroke....... Some of you may remember back in 2007 when I was a volunteer right here at Stroke Net for a year or so????? Well that seems like a long time ago now and I'm at that point in life where I just want to stay home and start reading books and see how much farther my body will heal from this stroke.....   I'm much older now and the stroke still got me tied up in what all I can do without much help from my wife or anyone else.... When I think back to 2004 when the stroke hit me hard I had to sell my bowling pro shop business inside a bowling center and retire since I couldn't run that kind of business with one hand standing on one leg and one side paralyzed I can't use..... I couldn't even bowl any more and that was my favorite thing to do with my life.....   My wife wants to work at the bank until she can't anymore so no telling how much longer that will be before she makes a decision to retire because she loves being in the banking business and being a supervisor/manager and has stated she wants to keep working for years to come.... She was in banking when I met her so that is fine with me since that is what she want in life and she is happy doing it..... Probably about eight more years and she will be ready to retire from banking business and draw her retirement I hope if not sooner..... Either way is fine with me it's her retirement she has worked for all these years since college long time ago.....   On the other hand I don't know how many more years I got on this earth but certainly it's not 75 more but God knows for sure..... He hasn't told me..... So I think I will just slow down take life as it comes everyday and pray daily...... I am at that point where my daily routines get boring and a lot of things I can't do because of my condition after the stroke..... I can hardly put food in the dish for the dogs to eat if my wife or my grand daughter forget to feed them before they all leave for school and work.....   Not having a lot of movement left in my body really makes a difference in what I can do or things I can reach up or down on the floor like the dog dish to feed them when they don't or forget to put their food down........ Anyway life is still good to me and I'm not complaining just I figured by now I would have made much more progress with the stroke than I have so far..... So I count myself as a survivor since the Lord left me here after the stroke..... I'm not complaining you all I'm just limited on what I can do 12 years out from the stroke when I thought I would be much farther along in the healing process....   Who knows what all is in store for me in this life?? All I can say so far is I'm still kicking just not high at all.... :roflmao: Life is good I can't complain.....

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Still Alive But Not In Therapy

They dropped me from therapy so I'm home daily but making all my appointments with my heart doctor and doing the very best I can on my own accord.... I exercise at home daily and doing pretty good I think after all it has been 12 years at this point in my life so I'm OK with life as I live it.... My left side is still paralyzed my walking is not good but I'm not complaining..... It's just the way life is and I'm alright with everything.....   I'm waiting to hit the Lottery or go back to work at Walmart as a greeter as the manager ask me every time he see me to come back I just haven't made up my mind if I should or not as there are no strings attached..... Nothing to gain nor lose either way..... I guess I would be more active in my body functions maybe.... I really could use the extra income for a while...... I'm not getting any younger..... :roflmao:

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The Price Of A Nursing Home These Days

I was just reading the Sunday paper and noticed an article about the prices of nursing homes and places for seniors to live..... I couldn't afford a nursing home on what I get each month and I'm probably not alone so I will not show the prices they got in the article..... That is something for all seniors to think about that may have suffered a stroke like many of us here..... Especially if they don't own a home at this point in their lives......   I'm so glad I bought a home back years ago before I suffered this stroke and my wife wanting to retire from the bank business after she makes 70 years old in a few more years....... It's hard to say how many seniors will survive in the years ahead as many of the people in this city is military and many of them like myself are already retired but not many own their homes as they waited so long to buy..... Now many nice homes are very expensive in these sub divisions......   What is a family to do in the coming years ahead?????? Many of the seniors I know are not able to hold a job or they are already retired like myself......

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Another Week Started And It's OCTOBER Already!!!!

We all suffer all week long from our pains and I have made it to 75 years of age after surviving the stroke at age 62 back in 2004 which was a lot for me to experience at that time..... I knew nothing about strokes at that time and far as I know I am the only one in my family to ever have one...... My saying is a stroke is no joke and it can take you out this life..... Surviving a stroke takes a lot out of you daily and mostly makes you very tired.....   Initially you need so much help in learning what and how to do things after you come home from the hospital stay..... Years later you can get around better on your own for the most part.... In my case I use a scooter when I go out that I haul around in my SUV because I could never do that much walking with my cane I am just too slow.....   I'm so glad I can drive that means I can do things, go places, don't need my wife to stop work to go with me like going to the VA for my appointments all next week, a 30 mile trip I can do all by myself.... So I have come a long way in my recovery process but still got a long way to go in overcoming my stroke....   I keep praying my body will hold up and my abilities will carry me for a while longer..... I know one day my age will be a factor in what I am able to do myself if I keep living..... All my doctors feel I will be around for some time to come but in my opinion only God knows for sure and He hasn't told me nothing yet.... I'm just glad to have lived these 75 years already so I'm OK with that after 22 years of military service, the Vietnam war, getting shot up and still lived when we lost five men at that time..... I'm not complaining at all after 12 years and this stroke.....   So my license plates say Disabled Veteran with a wheelchair on it where I can park closer to most buildings I need to go in the ladies will usually help me with my scooter getting it out my vehicle if they notice me struggling to get the seat on it so I can get on it..... The men will ask if I need any help as some of them are not walking that good either.....   So I can't complain about the stroke holding me back from doing anything at all.....

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Nothing Much To Talk About In My Case!!!!!

I'm still kicking just not very high these days but I thank God I have not gotten any worse in my condition lately so I'm still healing and coming along with my progress of being a stroke survivor for the pass 12 years or so....... Man it just doesn't seem like I been on here since 2005 but I hope to be sitting out for a while before too long or I start to go downhill from here........   Surviving a stroke is the hardest thing I ever done and now at age 75 it takes more stamina to just get up in the mornings and to bed at night..... Some of you may know what I mean I'm no longer a spring chicken just a well seasoned rooster by now...... The Therapy didn't go so well for me at my age now so I'm dropping out it's just too much work on me to participate on a daily basis so I'm back to square one...... I get tired and worn out real fast lately so it's not for me any longer......   I do often think about just how much farther I will be able to go at my current speed which is slow and slower??? I got my bicycle here to ride when I can and the lady still comes for one hour each day to help me get things done on her shift...... I'll stay with that for now..... I'll just keep moving about long as possible..... I sure don't want to suffer another stroke at any time one is enough for me to experience......   I will just pray for the best outcome in my case and go with the flow of my life since I still feel pretty good physically..... I just will not sit down and do nothing long as I got strength in my body...... I got my scooters to ride when I feel like going outside with the two little doggies and let them run around for a bit to get their exercise while the weather is still great so far and not raining at all...... :roflmao:

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I'm Back Taking Therapy Twice A Week!

Well I have been here before you all where I drive myself to the facility spend an hour there trying to get all the help I can to walk better sooner and be able to use my left side some at least.... It's an up hill climb but if I can gain a little bit more in what I'm able to do for myself then I will be OK.....   I realize I'm now 75 and 12 years out from the day I suffered the stroke so perhaps not a lot more can be accomplished in my body and that's OK if I can still do what I'm able to do now..... Either way it beats sitting at home day after day doing nothing at all.... I feel I am healing my body some with every hour I spend at the facility..... Now how much it's helping me remains to be seen....   On the bright side I know I won't live forever even if I didn't suffer the stroke but I feel good knowing I'm doing what I can to help my body do a little bit more.... Later on I plan to walk outside around in my yard with the two little dogs outside with me to get them a little exercise too.....   I can eliminate the little lady that comes in the mornings since she doesn't do a lot for me that I can't do for myself..... Then I can just depend on me helping myself get better with a bit more time.... I will keep riding my exercise bike in the dinning room so I don't get stiff from just walking in the yard with the dogs....

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Seems Like I been On Site Here For Many, Many Years!!!!!

I feel so, so old these days when I see the new members join us and most of them are doing pretty good where as I still feel I'm still recovering from the one stroke that got me here 12 years ago...... I start to think when will I be able to do things again as I once could do years ago since age is not on my side at 75 years old now.... I felt the same way after I got back from Vietnam and out of the hospital realizing my life was going to be a bit different and I would life a bit longer......   After seeing so may soldiers return from war torn areas in a box right here at Fort Hood Texas to be buried in the National Cemetery I started to think how blessed I was to come back alive after seeing my fellow soldiers killed when we were ambushed near a bridge that had been blown up the night before we got to it in Vietnam..... Just when I thought I would get over the war and was out the hospital the stroke hit me very hard so my wife had to quit her job to stay home and care for me and my long battle ahead of me recovering from the stroke.......   I have done the very best I could staying positive, trusting in God and praying my way through living as long as I have already..... Life is what we make it out to be happy or sad we still have to live as best we can with what we have left and it's not always easy..... But no one said it would be either..... I don't get out the house much anymore because of my poor ability to walk, it takes me so long to get where I'm going after I get out the car..... I got my scooter but at times I can't get the seat off to use my lift to get it loaded back in my vehicle.....   I start therapy tomorrow to see if I can gain more movement in my body and learn to use my paralyzed left side better because one handed is hard to do using a scooter all by myself...... That's all for now..... :roflmao:

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My Stroke & The Years Since That Noon Day

Well you all it's been to me 12 years since the stroke came calling my name and right today I'm glad to still be here healing as best I can by the grace of God and my lovely wife looking after me as best she has over all those years.... So now let me tell you in my opinion that a stroke is no joke as it can hit you hard and take away many of your functions you once had and could do by yourself with no help needed by anyone.....   It's hard on me with one side paralyzed and the use of only one hand and having to use a scooter around home and when I go to stores or the shopping malls and to my appointments everywhere..... I thank God I do still drive and take the scooter everywhere I go without needing another person along..... So I truly feel blessed that I'm still able to function on my own pretty much....   Now at one time a year after the stroke I went to work at Walmart on my scooter as a greeter for three years before I gave working up and my wife returned to her job at the bank as supervisor.... So I have healed up over the years but currently got in home care for one hour a day during the week and trying to get approved to go to a therapy facility for more therapy on the machines and learning to walk much better than I do now.....   We all try our best to overcome a stroke, it's hard work, but can be done in most cases in my opinion from what I have accomplished over the years.....Being on the right Meds is a big plus I think for our healing from the stroke plus doing all we can with exercising our body..... Ofcourse our age and ability comes into play because I just made it to 75 years old and I can feel old age creeping up on my body functions....   Therefore when we are still here it's a good thing especially when we can still do many things in our conditions as everyone is different in body functions of what they can do on their own powers.... So I hate to be paralyzed but glad I'm still alive from the stroke because I could have been gone long ago.... It's been a journey for me, I learned so much about strokes, and I only wish I continue to get better where one day I can function again on my own powers....   I'm not complaining just explaining my case and conditions because there is always someone still got a long way to go in healing from the stroke or strokes they had and survived.... All the best for each member here as we are all different and conditions are not the same for every survivor..... My prayer and hope is I never suffer another stroke in this life I got left.... :roflmao:

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Blog Time Again It's Been 10 Days Already!!! I Need Physical Training And Hands On!!!!!

Well this will be a short blog today and I'm about ready to start going to Therapy where I can feel the benefits of using the different machines and having a person to work with me to improve my walking ability which has gone way down....... The lady I have now coming to my house have two little kids in school and she comes in and leaves early to help me for less than an hour.... I think I will get more using the machines at the facility with instructors and work every part of my body that way..... I got to improve my ability to do things to help me get better and not feel stuck in a rut....   I know when I use the machines at a facility I feel a whole lots better after about a week or two because I'm not getting any younger so all the exercise I can get will certainly help me move around much better especially with my walking ability.... I may even lose a pound or two as my weight remains the same most of the time......   The big thing now is high blood pressure says my doctor on yesterday and that causes both my ankles to swell up so he gave me three meds I picked them up this morning..... It was high blood pressure that caused my stroke 12 years ago and I sure don't want another stroke coming my way.... Before that it was high Cholesterol but that has been holding pretty steady for years now....   So I pray it all comes together for me and I get where I got more energy and in better physical shape with this body of mine.... That way you feel more motivated to get things done and help yourself live a better life without worry of having another stroke because as I have said many times "A Stroke is no joke" It's very hard to overcome and get back to living a normal life......   I still got the two little dogs, Princess and her pup, which will be a year old on 5 September, next month and Princess is already 4 years old now and my wife don't want to breed her ever again after these six pups she brought into the world.... They both stay right with me all day as my grand daughter is in school so they see after me.... I don't know what they will do when I start going to therapy but it will just be for an hour and not far from my house.....   Well I'm looking forward to getting better physically and I know it takes time when you are my age...... I thank God daily I'm still here!!!!!

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Rain, and more Rain

Well folks you probably already know the rain is still falling in many states and places which looks like everywhere to me.... I have been glued to the TV watching the places that are flooded and the number of people where their homes are under water, it is so sad to see but I realize God is in charge so I pray for folks everywhere every day and night....   I haven't been outside much on my scooter to look at my own area but for now the water is just on the curb sides and flowing pretty good no big problems yet... More rain is predicted to fall until next week at 60 and 70 percent daily..... :roflmao: I'm sure the snakes will be trying to find higher grounds I haven't seen any on my property yet but I have my Hoe with me to try and kill them if I see them first while on my scooter outside....   So be careful everybody!!!!!!

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School Will Be Starting This Month

Well that time is almost here in Texas where schools will be starting later this month and I think for my grand daughter it's on her birthday which is 17 August..... I think she will be bussed from her old school to her new school this year so at this time I don't know yet if I will be dropping her of at her old school to catch the bus to her new school or her mom will be taking her...   Her mom doesn't explain things very good to me and right now she doesn't seem to be working as she was before so I guess I'll find out later on this month.... I still got a lady coming in at 9am for my home care of one hour five days a week... I should be back home in time if I still have to make the school run to get my grand daughter on the bus to her new school this year....   Otherwise I will not have a lot of chores to do as I'm still trying to be a big Lottery Winner but with my luck I can't seem to pick the winning number for any game I play... I figure my time to win big is coming soon hopefully before Christmas since that comes slow each year.....   My darling wife and care giver wants to continue working at the bank for a few more years which she has been able to do all of our years together which now totals 18 since we married long ago in Reno, Nevada..... She knows that she can quit or should I say retire any time now but she loves her job at that bank because she has the required time in to stop now if she wanted to do that.....   I'm at a 100% from the VA so I don't lose or gain any more pay and they pay for my in home care which doesn't change either I just want to get better where I can walk and do more things for myself.... Right now I feel so handicapped and scared of falling knowing I can't get up by myself.... I don't use the scooter in the house anymore I walk all the time but when I go in my vehicle I got the scooter to use for shopping or as I need it instead of trying to walk very far....   So another year is upon me but instead of just sitting home day in day out I think I will go to the bowling centers and visit with some of my old team mates and friends if they are still around then come back home and fix dinner for my working wife where she can eat and relax from her day on the job....   So I hope all goes well see you all next time!!!!!!!

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I think I'll go to the casino What The Heck?

I'm slow not to steady on my feet so I'm thinking if I get on my scooter and ride around the casino floors play a few of the machines I might get real lucky and hit one of them for a few quarters and take my mind off not being able to walk very good.....   My wife wants to go play some so I may as well follow her since she is off work this coming week while our daughter and grand daughter care for the two dogs... Before I know it school will have started back pretty soon so it is time to do something else beside sit at home...... :roflmao:

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Well I'm Still Just Getting Along Slowly

My condition hasn't changed very much from 12 years ago as I am still doing for myself and got a lady coming in 5 days a week for one hour to help me with my socks and shoes and caring for my feet which is very hard for me to reach and do myself.... that's a big help every morning.... My wife helps me with bathing or showering at night so the VA cut me down to one hour for help coming in home....   She helps me with the exercise bike too that helps with my paralyzed side which I can't use very good but I'm not complaining just glad I'm still doing all I can to get better each day..... A stroke and survival is a task all by itself which all of you already know about.... I'm so glad I can drive myself where ever I need to go and to my appointments.... Therefore the way I see life is I will be like I am for a long time to come and I'm not getting any younger but older each year..... No one lives forever so I'm in good company being a member here.....   My wife is happy I can do more things for myself while she is still working full time not having to see after me all day plus I can feed myself at meal time.... Well I had two little dogs but my wife sold the last puppy yesterday to a lady that needed a pet so I got the momma we been had for four years that had the six puppies..... She stays close to me all day and don't seem to miss the puppy yet long as she can see me sitting here at the kitchen table.... She has the big recliner to sit in and is content being close to me all day.....   We don't go outside much anymore with so much happening and people trying to break in homes to rob folks... I don't want to shoot anyone these days if I can avoid it so I just stay inside most of the time plus I park in the garage now and my wife parks outside where I used to park my vehicle..... The alarms are always on which is a good thing and we get fast responses by our police department and the alarm people.....   This is not the life I intended to live when I retired from he military nor the Postal Service but who knows how life will be in years ahead of them so just still being alive and doing the best I can under the circumstances make me feel good all the time dealing with my body being paralyzed on one side and my disabilities..... So I say I;m still just getting along slowly with using a quad cane and a Reacher to pick up things from the floor I can't stoop over and reach without falling down....   So I can change the doggies pads and put the food bowls down after I put the food in the bowls while my grand daughter is still on vacation in Tennessee visiting her little friend and having fun being together while school is out for the summer..... I got my scooter downstairs I use to get food from the frig and using the microwave to heat up my foods and getting it to the table without dropping any of it....   So I can't complain about my condition I just try not to fall being here alone and can't get back on my feet by myself..... If I call 911 the people will come and help me get back on my feet but I will get a bill for 511 dollars without being transported to a hospital..... If I'm downstairs and fall I try to get back close to the stairs where I can pull up on my stair lift chair and use the stairs to get my feet back under me.... If I'm upstairs I try to use the bed to pull up on and my computer chair until I can get back on my feet....   If none of that works I have to call my wife she will come home cursing but will get me back on my feet..... :roflmao: Otherwise I pull cover off the bed and lay on the floor until she comes home or my daughter comes home to help me get back on my feet.... One day I hope not to be in this condition but I don't complain I just thank God I'm still alive,,,,. And of course the little dog will lay down beside me on the floor until someone comes home..... I try to insure the AC is turned off or not running during the day just a ceiling fan will cool the whole house.....

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The Warriors Won Last Night

Well it's still a long way to go to see who will be national champions this year in Basketball but the Warriors was convincing to me it will be them instead of the Cavs and LaBron James.... The Warriors are on record setting play this year and I'm told they won it all last year so they could win it all again this year as well.....   We will just have to wait and see so thought I would write this blog to see if any other basketball fans agree......

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Memorial Day For The Troops

Well, I said I wasn't going to try and write a Blog but I couldn't resist writing about Memorial Day as a disabled Veteran myself and can hardly walk even with my quad cane.... Today it was so many veterans out and about doing things with their families and kids.... My two kids are all full grown and got grown kids of their own and grand kids as well....   Being here at Fort Hood, Texas, a military post with thousands of active duty troops, two hospitals, and many, many retired veterans with some working in government jobs on the base..... This is the largest military base there is and if you could see the traffic morning and evenings you would know there are many soldiers stationed right here plus all the civilians there are on the roads daily....   There has to be no less than 12 car dealerships in town and more along the roads leading in to the base from surrounding towns... Some of them has five different cars they sell in one location not counting Motorcycles and water crafts.... The easiest thing to buy here is a car for any soldier or a veteran with very little money or no money down in many cases... I'm tempted to buy another vehicle since mine is 12 years old but I keep telling myself I don't need a new car at my age....   We have many Agencies that offer in home care for people like myself and there are facilities you go to for therapy and they are all full all the time.... Many veterans use scooters and some are still on active duty not retired yet.... The thing is so many soldiers were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and are just hanging on until they get their disability pay started then they will retire buy a new car and a house...   I'm so thankful we were able to pay our home off because I just don't know how much longer I can last with one side paralyzed leaving me with one hand to use.... I want to start back going to church but that is hard for me to get about on my own in my present condition.... Maybe when this in home care session has ended I can make my decision to go back to church....   So tomorrow is Monday, Memorial Day, pray for all our troops, God knows we have lost many and so many are wounded warriors like myself that can't do a whole lot for ourselves..... I'm not complaining I volunteered for the military (Army) in 1958 right out of high school to make some good money to help provide for my mom as we were struggling to have food and a good roof over our head.... Times were very hard and I was the last child at home while my mom got a little check each month for nine dollars from the government....   There were no jobs I could get at that time and some grown men didn't have jobs then to feed their families..... I shall never forget that time in my life.... So I have come a long way over many years and 22 years in the Army lets me know just how blessed I am to still be alive in spite of a stroke 12 years ago....   Memorial Day means a lot to me as my mom passed in 1981 at the age of 83 and here I am now 74 almost 75 in a couple more months.... I'm so thankful I have the wonderful wife I got now and she went to the Casino with a couple of the church ladies for time out.... Maybe she will hit the penny machine since I'm not there and she loves to play them....   I hope she will put a few dollars in a machine for me as she knows the ones I like to play..... I guess she will be back in time to be at work on Tuesday morning.....

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Nothing Much To Discuss So Just Blogging About Life!!

I did my eye appointment at the VA and the doctor said to insure I use the drops mornings and at night to fight the glaucoma condition in my eyes or I could go blind..... So I know that has to be done this stroke is enough to deal with and I don't need nothing else to worry about..... I realize age brings about changes in every ones life so i have to think about that too and deal with it as best I know how....   I do feel I have come a long way as a survivor of a major stroke 12 years ago so I will not ever give up trying to live my life as best I can every day...... I guess long as I am able to drive myself use my scooter and got reasonable health I will do all I can to be here with my wife and family....   I hope to start attending church again pretty soon I sure miss attending every Sunday and hearing the preacher give us his sermons.... My slow walking unstable as it is gives me concern but I got to overcome that as best I can..... Our church is 30 miles away in the next town but we been members there for years and other family members have been there for years as well... Once you find a church home you hate to leave plus my wife is in the choir and a member of the Praise dance team and they dance on second Sundays most of the time....   We been members there since 2002 and the church has been there for years and years (105) I think!!!! So life goes on and my wife loves being a member there as I do.... :roflmao:

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