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  1. will2

    Hello, and welcome Carlton! I'm post stroke now 13yrs and still hanging in there. When I retired from my job shortly after stroking, I found I had plenty of time to sharpen my computer skills so enjoy the journey. Things to include your computer skills will improve along with your stroke recovery. I'm 68yrs old and this dog is still learning new tricks
  2. Oh Lord, hear my prayer for all those in these difficult days. May you strengthen and protect them in these days ahead. Keep them safe and in good health. Move fast from us this disease that rages and threatens our health and livelihoods. My gaze and heart is upon you Father, watch over us with a close eye and keep all manner of evil and wrong doing from our doors. Place your mighty angels of protection around each and every one. Thank you for hearing my prayer...
  3. will2

    Hello and welcome Audrey. Like others here, this is certainly the place if any, to moan, commiserate, share victories and successes and express any concerns you may have with many other's just like yourself. I'm 13yrs post stroke currently, and honestly with the left side weakness and numbness, I'm so used to it at this point that if my arm or hand are stationary like sitting on an arm rest of a chair, I almost loose site of the physical deficits that is, until I move it or bump it, then the sensations or lack of return once again. So yea, those sensations that you describe are very common. Over time the only thing that has really helped was physical therapy and use of the arm and hand like minor weights or squeezing a soft ball. Excercise really helps and strengthens the affected arm, hand, or extremity. The strangest sensation body-wise I experienced post stroke was the first time I got into my pool, talk about strange or unusual sensations, that was a surprise! Some things will improve over time, others more slowly, and some you just get used to that you cannot effect any change..
  4. Kelli, what a great history to have. I'm sure you have many stories and great memories. I would have loved to have family members that shared my enthusiasm for the Arts. I do have many life long friends that we all forged a great bond together throughout the years. I'll always carry those thoughts with me, always. Now as the clock is winding down I'm wondering what to do with all my keepsakes, certificates, old belts, etc. It's such a part of my history it's hard to let go. I know the commitment and how hard you and your family worked to get to those places. I just was a month short of my 3rd Dan when I had to succumb to the demands of my job, they owned me 24/7 and at times a couple months on the road, so my teaching and going to school had to be put on the back burner. Which bring me to date, it's difficult to imagine all those techniques I worked so hard to perfect and yet today just getting up steps is a milestone. I can't help but wonder if my balance would be worse if I didn't have all those years of training. Congrats to you and your family on their accomplishments! Doug, my apologies for the small thread drift, it's all those great memories coming up..
  5. Doug, in reminiscing about your post and the ole days, I thought you may get a kick out of this going back almost 40yrs now and being a Martial Arts enthusiast yourself. This is a photo of a Jujutsu seminar that the late Dai Shihan Dennis Palumbo was instructing. We obtained our rank through his Hakkoryu Federation. He was an expert in many arts but held one of the highest ranks and honors in Jujutsu here in the states. In the photo, I'm in the black gi pants along the left wall with several of our schools Black Belts and other ranking students. One of my fonder days in my past, I loved the arts and staying healthy with a strong regimen of physical activity. Now, fast forward almost 40yrs and age and health stuff those memories help keep me going. Working full time, lots of physical activity, attending college. Very full life and wouldn't change a thing. I'm very thankful that it's shaped me into the person I am today, I still feel like I can handle challenges and push through. Having a TBI and subsequent stroke puts perspective into my life today, and lucky to be tempered by such a strong past that makes me who I am today, and my ability to handle the daily challenges we all face at one time or another. Anyway, thanks for bring up the subject in your post, it helps strengthen me and my resolve to manage the future...whatever it may throw my way!
  6. Hello Doug, and welcome! Like you I was as healthy as a horse at the time of my TBI. And with absolutely no family history of brain aneurysms it caught me completely by surprise. Unfortunately, I didn't have crystal clear warning signs and it ruptured. I underwent surgery to repair and stroked during the operation. Long story short, after many months both inpatient and outpatient I desperately tried to go back to work, but unfortunately after giving it my best I had to let go of a 25yr career. Additionally, now after 12yrs post stroke I had a heart attack also. So I can relate to "they always come in pairs" of difficulties. Now I'm almost 2yrs post heart attack and at the ripe ole age of almost 68yrs, I'm still plugging and glad to still be above ground. I get similar type fogginess but mine is more from brain overload in higher stress situations. Which btw pre-stroke these type situations that currently trigger this were just everyday occurrences that I could normally manage with little effort. When this fogginess comes on, and I'm in the presence of other folks, I basically go silent, thats my term now for slowly shutting down. The best way these days I can recharge is get some rest, just relax. Fatigue is a big issue with me, I still feel as though I'm pulling the weight of two people around with the left side deficits and balance. I just do what I can and have come to terms with barring a miracle, some things will never be the same, plus I getting on in the years too. I would also like to add, in my younger years (in another life) I was a 2ond Dan black belt with 15yrs of work both as a student and instructor the last 5yrs. I was trained in mainly Tae Kwon Do which is where my certification comes from. But also had rank in Judo, Ju-Jitsu and Wing Chun Kung Fu. Almost made 3rd Dan before I had to transfer my students off to my school and stay focused on a very demanding job and college that required working tons of overtime being forced as the low man at the power company. I could not accept payment from my students and guarantee I'd be there to train them, so I let them transfer to my school. I loved staying healthy and felt great throughout the years until the TBI occurred. Many stroke survivors regain a lot of their previous physical and mental abilities, some regain slowly over time with patience and determination. I'm still coming to terms with my limitations 13yrs post stroke but happy to be alive. I wish you well and possibly some of your post stroke deficits will get better, or you just get used to them and carry on. Sometimes I don't give a second thought to the numbness, or the imbalance, until I stand up then I'm more aware and take more precaution in navigating. Sitting down, you could look and think I'm still 100%....I wish! Have a great day Doug and will be seeing you around..
  7. will2

    Patti, just letting you know, James is remembered, always..
  8. Hello Janelle. This site is just the perfect safe place to vent about stroke affairs of the heart and mind. I understand perfectly about how you feel and arrival at that place. Too, I know how difficult it seems when you get to that place, feeling under appreciated, or ignored, and just plain hurting inside. We can carry that burden together with you, help you get to some emotional light of day by sharing our experiences. I've visited that "place" myself these past few weeks, I've been known to sit quietly and cry my heart out, calling out to my God..."What did I do to get here!" Things can get complicated fast, compound, and squeeze you from many sides. We're here for you, I understand, you'll get through this, these days too shall come to pass. One of my saving graces in the more difficult days is just to go quiet, get as much rest or decent sleep as possible. Sure, you might consider it as an escape, but sometimes a necessary one. It's one of the few things that seem to recharge my body, mind, and spirit. Things will likely be the same when you choose to come back into the daily reality routine, but you may feel a small bit better, see things from a fresh perspective, and maybe even tackle a few of the loose ends, if you so choose. I wish you well, and "I care!" so feel free to share your burdens, we can handle them together. My best to you..
  9. will2

    Hello and welcome Robyn. You're story is in so many ways familiar to many here that share those kind of experiences. This is a wonderful place for exposing those feelings that I'm confident at one point or another we've been down that path. I wish you well and filled with many days of victories. Life can be challenging for us all, but however it also comes with changes and achievements that some conditions were predicted to be permanent..not so as you'll find in many of our stories. Anything is possible and the sky is the limit if you keep the faith and never give up. I believe in miracles and have had a few in my lifetime. Thanks for sharing.
  10. will2

    Now, I really like that!
  11. Hello Vortex, We all share our experiences here from different perspectives, mostly because of the areas affected in each of our brains are different and affecting different behaviors, emotions, thoughts, movement, speech, taste and hearing. Oddly making each of us so unique with something new to add to the experience pool. I would add a word of encouragement, being just three months out post stroke you're going to see and experience a lot of improvement. Some changes noticeable and controllable by strengthening exercises and repetition, and others not so subtle, you may not even notice them at first but very slow and steady improvements. I cluster these kind of improvements in with just doing normal routines, strengthening muscles in walking, developing a stronger center of gravity at the same time, and pushing through the activity to develop stamina. Some improvements are outwardly noticeable but many of the inner workings which are equally important, aren't so apparent. Feeling good about minor accomplishments lends to the strength to push on. Oh, you will get fatigued, sleep is good, it recharges the body and is essential during stroke recovery. Improvement can last over a lifetime as it so commonly does normally without stroke. Enjoy your life, stroke isn't a death sentence, we just have to work smarter and a little harder at times, ask for help if you need to. Develop your own "work-arounds" for those difficult tasks, share them with us, as we will with you if you ask. Godspeed my friend!
  12. will2

    Hi, and welcome to the stroke community. I'll think you'll find that you're in good company and my guess is that they're are quite a few here that have secondary health issues as yourself. Many here, to include myself have those good and bad days, and talking about them and sharing your feelings is totally acceptable, and encouraged.
  13. will2

    Willis, you certainly don't offend me by that, in fact I took it to be a term of endearment from one of my old rehab doctors that used to ask me, "How's my old stroker today?" In fact, I looked it up once and found a URL with the definition of "stroker" https://www.thefreedictionary.com/stroker I am many things, and felt being an older guy it just fit and felt unique.
  14. Tracy, I am amazed that the hospital discharged you in 48hrs. No CT scan, no MRI??? Though my situation and condition may have been slightly different, I can't imagine a hospital being more thorough and checking everything, especially with those conditions you mentioned. You may have died without proper treatment and at the very least considered personal harm given your condition with the dizziness, lack of mobility, etc. With the correct diagnosis you could have been given stroke preventative medications as a precaution in the event of a bleed...unbelievable!
  15. I will add, if I were to list a positive, and as I see it, one that has really impacted my outlook in life. I have developed a great deal more compassion for those who are afflicted and suffer from accidents and injury, illness and/or diseases. Throughout my life I've really underestimated how those kinds of things impact somebody's life. Now I'm on the other side of that fence and just find it remarkable how kind and willing some folks are to help somebody who needs assistance because of these kinds of things. Overwhelming actually. Now, I know first hand how it feels for somebody to reach out and lend a hand to help, it's deeply humbling and I find my appreciation and gratitude are insufficient to express properly. Thank God for those angels in life that are there at those moments. My life has always been about the giving and never really understood about the receiving part. I do now. With many of the things that have happened, many of the things I've had to let go of and adjust to, yea, there are days I still get angry or frustrated and bitter, but I've come to reasonable terms that I cannot change those things, and for others I create a work around if possible. Life just keeps on coming at you and often from many different directions, daily. It ain't easy by any stretch and I've worked thru (I think) the why me? And what did I do to deserve this phase for the most part. Thats whats so unique about being here, StrokeNet, sharing and learning from others. There's a ton of wisdom here and I don't feel as lost knowing we can share in our fate's if you allow it. Everything is important here, thanks for contributing.