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  1. Deigh's right- it's way too early to think you have plateaued. In fact, you don't ever plateau, you just slow down. Recovery san on-going process. You may not even see progress because improvements occur in small increments over a long period of time. And, sometimes, you can only see progress by looking backward and noticing that there are things that you can do now that you couldn't do a year ago,or 2 yrs. ago. Or, you'll realize that something is easier to do now than it was 5 yrs. ago, 6 mos. ago,or a year ago. The time frames may vary, but the message is the same: Improvements may occur without your knowing it. So, hang in there, don't give up, and throw that term "plateau" out the window. Becky
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    Desperados Hi, Benni. Good hearing from you, and I'm glad you're doing well too. Becky
  3. I have such mixed feelings about this topic ( euthanasia) that I can't say much because I probably won't be able to state my thoughts clearly. Let me just say this: If doctors could make these decisions, I probably wouldn't be here. Not because I was in pain, but because I would be a "vegetable" if I survived. Well, I survived, and I'm not the "v" word. "Well, your case was different," some of you are saying. And, you would be right. But, as soon as euthanasia is pronounced legal for people who are terminal, and in horrific pain, someone is going to raise the "quality of life" issue, or the "contributing member of society" issue. And, that won't be a pretty picture. Where are we going to draw the line? And who's gonna draw it? I need some answers before I can decide. Becky
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    How's Ryder doing, Kelli?
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    I THINK THAT IS A GREAT way to get more therapy. As students, they won't be "burned out" yet, should be aware of new techniques, and will be eager to try them. And you get all of the advantages of being their "guinea pig". It's a "win-win" situation where they get practical experience, and you get therapy. I LOVE IT! Becky
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    I take 4 pills per day. Only one, my cholesterol, specifies "take in PM". So, to avoid having to take meds twice a day, I take them all at night. Many drugs only work well once they've "built up" in your system, which is why drugs like antidepressants may take a few weeks before they kick in. So, it doesn't really matter when you take them, as long as you're consistent about taking them about the same time every day. But, there are some drugs, like my cholesterol, which work best when taken at certain times. Ask your docs. Since I take them all at once, I don't get AM's and PM's mixed up, but I do drop them (by the bottle or individually) occasionally. And my pharmacist is by-the-book; she will not fill my 'script if it's only 2 days early. Becky ' 9
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    HANG IN THERE, Scott! Becky
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    Marjie, You have been through 2 major events almost simultaneously. Each of these events is capable of wreaking havoc on your body's chemistry. Because of the hysterectomy, YOUR HORMONES ARE PROBABLY OUT OF WHACK, AND YOUR BRAIN WOULD NORMALLY TRY to help, but it can't right now because it has been injured by the stroke. The result of all of this dis-harmony can be depression, which you can't control. Ask your doc for an antidepressant if you're not already on one. As for being "diseased", your cancer is gone. But your high BP, AND DIABETES AREN't, and both of these can be affected by dietary changes and exercise. So why not focus on what you can change, instead of what you can't? Then give your body time to heal. Good luck. Becky
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    Shorty, Disability takes a while to process, an average of 90 days. If you are denied ( and an awful lot of people's first application is denied), you can reapply, but you may have to wait another 90 days. 3-6mos. is a long time to wait for something when you need an answer NOW. So why not apply now, as kind of a back-up plan if you can't work? In 3 to 6 mos., you'll know for certain whether or not you can work. Good luck, Becky
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    Shorty, You are very new to the stroke recovery journey, and you are in the ride of your life, for your life. The journey will be long, and full of surprises, but you can do this. And we will be with you every step of the way, supporting you, and cheering you on. Becky
  11. welcome home myjade! glad things have worked out so well for you! that sounds like some wedding! I'm in a 'chair, too, and it takes some getting used to. especially when going someplace totally unfamiliar to you.my congrats to your daughter on her marriage, and to you for braving the experience! BECKY P.S. FIRST I COULDN'T GET MY KEYBOARD TO MAKE CAPS, NOW I CAN'T GET IT TO STOP. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.
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    Kelli, That's spectacular news! But I'll keep prayin', just in case. Becky
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    No, it's not good news, but like Heather said, at least the docs don't have to shoot in the dark anymore. Prayers for all. Becky
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    Green is not my favorite color, but when I saw her dress, all I could say was "Wow! That's gorgeous!!" Loved her hair, too. And the dress and hair complemented each other so well! WOWZA! And Conner stepping up to the plate like that! You have nothing to worry about, Janelle, both seem to have good heads on their shoulders, and you should be proud! Becky