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  • Birthday 05/21/1956

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  1. Happy Anniversary Colin!

  2. Happy Anniversary Colin!

  3. Hi Colin: I liked your post on the support forum. I had my stroke in 10/09, and my exercise regimen is somewhat different than yours, but I think your persistence and pluck are great! See you around SN.

  4. David I Pray you'll achieve your goals also. The Folks here are absolutely the best support group EVER. And i owe a debt of gratitude to each and everyone that read and posted to my comments. I feel such a closeness to people I've never met but one day hope to. I've since been officially permanetly disabled which should relieve some of the anxiety over what I'm going to do with the rest of my life and I started an Affiliate Marketing business and work with that 5-8 hours a day. So the Journey hasn't ended but it's a completely new adventure now. God Bless All Colin
  5. Wow Coming up on a year since I posted that last march. Well Taebo was too much for me to work with, I had to go back to walking (no more Jogging) on the treadmill because of the weird gait from my left leg and foot, but it was terrific for weight loss, I have virtually overcome my physical disabilites and continue to workout on the Total Gym & the treadmill everyday. The spasticity I complained of 1 year ago is non-existent It's gone, I have no more pain in my shoulder or arm. With determination and guidance I believe most of us can overcome the physical liaibilites of stroke. I am having some difficulty with my left toes when I walk, but I hope to overcome that as well. All good news right, not really, what I've experienced now is that most people don't relate the struggle of stroke rehabilitation to me because of my conditioning. I still suffer from confusion and focus but feel that my physical improvement is making it harder for drs. and others to believe my mental shortcomings and I now constantly worry about losing my disability because of it. I've tried no take multiple educational courses from Spanish to computers and have a difficult time learning and retaining anything new. I couldn't and really don't want to ever go back into the Corp environment especially in payroll as I struggle with accuracy and have no organizational skills.I'm sure I'll find an answer to that as well. Another issue that I struggled with a year ago was Chronic Fatigue. Well part of that was the medications I was on. I've since changed and sampled many only to find one that works well. I went from sleeping days at a time to having 10 time more energy then I could ever use. Now I'm Manic. talk about a mood swing. But controlled it's better then fatigue. So the Point is for me ALL OF THE HARD WORK AND CONDITIONING MADE A HUGH DIFFERENCE PHYSICALY. Not quite sure what to do mentally but each day brings changes, mostly good. So for those of you that are beginning this Stroke Journey I hope I answered some questions you may be having, if not please email me I'll relate my experience to you. Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the wonderful people here. You've made such a positive impact in my life. God Bless us all. Colin
  6. Well I'm with Gavin here. If you're struggling with something it means you need to work on the strength, pinch and dexterity in your hand, Ignoring it WILL NOT HELP. When you have a more relaxed time...practice, small steps at first, like can you grab the zipper tag with your weak hand/fingers? How hard can you pinch it? now can you feed it into the other side on the zipper and start tugging upward. Well I'm sure, Cause I did it, that with practice you'll overcome this defieciency. God Bless you. Remember If It's too hard to do, it should become a challenge to overcome in increments. Like typing this reply, both hands and fngers working together. The Stroke Journey is a long one, do what is hardest for you, you'll be glad you did. Challenge, Overcome. Colin
  7. I self reported to MDDMV. and working with them was like developing a new program, no one had a clue about what they needed so I went through a course through PT and recertifed with someone who understood the circumstances. My understanding is that if you're involved in an accident and the Insur carrier discovers you had a stroke (not reported), you could be held liable.
  8. Well sorry all for taking so long to respond, but thank you all for your kind, motivating words. My motivation is probably stubbornness, and it was incredibly hard at first, but I just keep after it. On 07/4 I got a chance to get into a pool, didn't think I'd ever swim again but I can move my left arm in that way now so I CAN SWIM. I did about 20 laps cause I was so excited about doing it I couldn't stop. When I did stop that was all my energy and I was done for the day. But within 1 week of getting in a pool everyday I know I could swim well again. SO i really don't think it's so much motivation as it is determination. I recently started using an iron gym device for pull ups, Sometimes I can do 3, Sometimes I just hang there for a 30 count, but in months of trying I'll be able to do more pullups and get stronger. Just keep trying to improve in little steps and the next thing you know you'll accomplish your goals. GOD BLESS ALL OF US. Caring wishes, Colin
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    WOW so sorry to hear of this situation, Sounds like you need to stop the bleeding and start to protect yourself financially by calling the credit companies in your name and setting limits or cancelling future credit until you can get it straightened out, I'm sure they would work with you and may be able to offer other suggestions to help protect your interests. Concentrate on yourself, take care of you and not knowing what else to say, I will pray for you in hopes of finding a suitable way out of this bad circumstance. GOD BLESS you, Colin
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    Colin and Buttercup

    my trophy girl
  11. CloseCall Not sure what's going with your leg and arm going numb, have you spoke with your PT or Dr. about this. Sounds to me like you are doing what I would do, but it seems very important to understand why you experience the numbness. Above aLL else we as survivors must think safety in our excercise programs and should be absolutely positive that we are NOT engaging in activities that will cause us more harm then good. One thing about my treadmill program that I didn't mention above is that I started walking 20 min for about 3 wks then increased to walking 5 mins then jogging 1 min then walk 1 min and repeat out to 20mins for 3 more wks and, recently I increased that to jogging 2 mins and walking 1 min, i do not Jog the entire 20 mins, Sorry if I gave anyone that impression. Please make sure it is safe for you to participate in this type of activity before undertaking and excercise regimen. Yes I know exactly what you mean by the "left leg limp funny kind of trot" That sounds like me...I keep hearing in my head " Run Forest Run". I even run up and down our driveway about 100' just to see if I can actually do it. But it's not all wine and roses, MON & TUES were exceptionly great clarity days (they are starting to come more frequently) but I'm dragging butt today. time for some excercise. God Bless you. Be safe and keep up the good work Colin
  12. Thanks for the positive engery everyone. I love sharing and hope one day we'll all be strong enough to finally shout loudly "I'M BACK!!!!" i truly believe that we can and do start somewhere doing something to get back . from squezzing a ball while watching TV, or being able to safely getting across the room on your own. Whatever brings you back. It's like we're starting over. Songbird57 one day you'll stand in front of the TV doin "Downward Facing Dog" rejoice in the moment. GOD BLESS YOU. Colin
  13. Hi everyone, Since my 2nd week in the Hospital in May 2009 I've been on a misson to overcome my physical disabilities caused by my stroke. Everyone one of them and I am positive I can overcome most of them and have improved many areas by just being determined, stubborn and focused. For example typing this topic I force myself to use my left hand even though I can type faster without it. But it's getting easier each time I use it so I'll continue trying until I can type acceptably (for me). My biggest area of concern recently is my personal energy management and found that by jogging a 20 minute treadmill program that I can overcome the fatigue and mental clarity or (unclarity) issue, in fact it gives me about 4 hours of clarity and energy. So I do it everyday in the afternoon, it also helps me to improve my gait, because my left leg just isn't sure what it's suppose to do, I concentrate on what I think is the proper movement and repeat, I think eventually I'll figure it out but I'm still getting the benefit of improved stamina and stronger legs. Because of my wierd gait I get some muscle stiffness in my left ankle and knee , so worrying that I might injure myself I try to switch it up a little, recently I tried a TAEBO II dvd and it's like super therapy in as far as limb coordination and strengthening. I know there are many of us here that are not capable of this and my prayers are with you as I'm not here to brag on my progress but to give some information that could help another to improve. Of course I couldn't keep up with the routine but the basic 1 workout has so many leg and arm movements that work well for me I wanted to pass this on, I did not get the same clarity buzz as I get from the treadmill but relearning how to move my leg and arms again should be worth the effort. As I've said in the past I also use the TOTAL GYM every day to help stretch and strengthen my arms and use a grip device to improve my left hand strength. If anyone would like to speak with me about my routines I'll be happy to give you my cell number It'll probably be easier then typing. GOD BLESS YOU Colin
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    Geez Great thread I was wondering what the heck is going on? I'm only on my 5th month (stroked May 07, 2009. I've virtually overcome my physical disability (Spasticity on left side) by performing low intensity workouts everyday and have recently started jogging and cycling 15 to 30 minutes each morning to increae my stamina but it doesn't seem to be helping, I could sleep most of the day. I try not to cause I was expecting to go back to work in late November. Driving in traffic wears me down so not really sure how I expect to work but that's my goal. As I draw closer to that date I'm beginning to have my doubts. Thanks Colin