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thejule1

Stroke Caregiver - female
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About thejule1

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  • Birthday July 13

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  • Stroke Anniversary (first stroke)
    02-05-2010
  • Interests
    reading, traveling, eating out, gardening, surfing the net , shopping and volunteering.
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    Julie
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    MO

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    So happy you and William are safe Ruth. There are so many people affected by storms now. I don't know what I would do if we had to evacuate and take Larry in his condition. Have you heard anything about Fred King lately? I know he lived in Houston also. Take care, Julie
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    I was just popping in to see how everyone was doing and noticed your blog. So sorry to hear you have been through so much but I'm glad you have the support and are recovering. I can so relate as I have had two skin cancers on my face. One was basil cell which had to have part of my right nasal area removed and then plastic surgery. I also had a melanoma on my chin. It was a small mole that I thought nothing of but the good dermatologist I go to saw the change. You are right to say we caregivers need to take care of ourselves. If I don't, I may end up in the nursing home before Larry! Take care and prayers go out to you, Julie
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    Nancy so sorry for what you are going through and what you have suffered through. You have done your very best It is in God's hands now. Take care. Julie
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    I have been thinking of you and William during this devastating time. Please take care. Praying for your safety. Julie Eckelman
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    Update on Larry

    I'm ashamed to say I have not been on here for a long time. Larry has had some health issues lately. I was in the hospital overnight for the first time in 30 years due to a blood pressure problem. Luckily my son was able to be here to take care of Larry. Fortunately I was only in the hospital for one night but I need to plan a "what if" should I be unable to take care of him for a longer period next time. You never know what is around the corner. For the second time since the end of 2014 Larry had another battle with aspiration pnuemonia. He was doing well on the feeding tube after we got him on the right formula two years ago. He finally gained weight and was at 183. This last hospitalization knocked the daylights out of him. He was in the hospital for a couple of weeks and then in the short term rehab for another month. Due to all the antibiotics he was taking, he contracted C-Diff. He continued to work hard in therapy which helped. He was able to come home but it took a while before he was able to walk with his cane again. I couldn't get our good physical therapist until 5 days later. He has made good progress and is walking again with his cane and transferring well. He had his 7th stroke anniversary in February. I can tell he has declined some over the years but I am happy I was able to get him back home again. He is looking forward to watching our first Cardinal home game this Sunday. We are lucky that we have not had any snow to speak of so far. Spring is starting early here. My best to all, Julie <
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    So sad to lose a son so soon. You have a wonderful family support and friends who can help you. I know you will continue to be the best caregiver for Gary. Please take care of yourself. Praying for you and your family, Julie
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    Sarah both of these were nice memorials to your son and mother. I'm sure you will carry those good memories of both of them forever. It was good you had Kelly to help with Gary. He probably did well considering all the traveling. That massage sounds well deserved for both of you. Take care. Julie
  9. Happy Anniversary Asha! I hope you enjoyed it. I know I get so frustrated when things break down as if we don't have enough to cope with. I would miss the TV too as that is our main entertainment here with the baseball games. lol Take care, Julie
  10. Happy Anniversary thejule1!

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    Hi Ruth. Larry would not like going in the water. He is always cold and did not like water therapy when he first had the stroke. It has been so hot here so I do not take him out. He does exercises inside and I still have a helper that comes twice a week. He does exercises with him. He does a few on his own but not much. I admire you for doing your yoga. I just go out and walk when weather permits. We have 90's here all week with near 100 heat index. Take care. Julie
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    Sarah you express yourself so well in your poems and blogs. I just cannot imagine what you must be going through. My son is about the same age your son was and also enjoys fishing. I could so relate to your loss. There are a few bad apples in every crop but most of all policeman are good and just doing their duty. We had a police officer shot in the back just from stopping a low life for speeding. The policeman was shot in the neck as he was going to checking the guys I.D. Now he is paralyzed from the neck down. Every community around is rallying around him and his family. Go have that cup of coffee and tell the police officers how much you appreciate them. God bless you and Gary. Take care. Julie
  13. Happy Birthday thejule1!

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    Oh Sarah. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Take care, Julie
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    Sandy, for some reason I did not see your post before. I have been trying to find jeans with elastic waist for Larry. I use to buy them at Sears but I don't think they carry them anymore. I will look for these next time I got to Walmart.The sandals look good too but I am afraid to try anything different with Larry as he walks around by himself at home. The sandals would be so much cooler but Larry may not be use to them. Have a good summer. Julie
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