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  1. Stockflyer, Watching TV shows a second time to see if you could recall them struck me as a good memory exercise. You could do this every day if you wanted, and gradually move up to hour-long shows, then the first 11/2 hrs. of a 2 hr. show, etc. What I like about this idea is that whether you recalled accurately or not is right there in front of you. Also, you don't need anyone's help to do this, which is a "biggie" in my book. Just an idea. Becky
  2. Ed, You have received some good responses, and I could do nothing but repeat what's already been said, so, I won't say much. "Tho it's been said many times,many ways"....stroke sucks. That's it, plain and simple. It creeps its way into every facet of your life-your job, relationships. and how you live. It affects everything I do: Either I can do something, if I modify how I do it, or I can't do it at all, like driving, which can't be modified to accommodate my deficits, such as reaction time. Then there are those things which I can do only because I practiced doing them a gazillion times. So,long story, short, my days are filled with a never-ending supply of frustration. But at the end of the day, I've gotta say, I'm glad I got to live another day. Yeah, there were frustrations,but there were good things, too. I got to"dance in therain". Best, Becky
  3. Jeannie, I don't know anything about your medical issues, so I can't say anything much about them. But, I do know something about having a medical issue, and being scared, because that was how I felt when told I'd had a stroke. "Knowledge is power", so researching those Issues which the docs say have afflicted you would help you better understand them or at least what questions to ask when you see the doc. Good luck, Becky
  4. Good luck, and don't forget to have fun! Becky
  5. Sounds like you'll have this under control soon. Good work!!!! Becky
  6. You only have to look at your pictures from "then" and "now" to see what stress-reduction has done for you. And that can't be a bad thing, losing stress, I mean. Becky
  7. Zeita, Before talking to a driving trainer why not try this: Take a trusted friend or relative with you to a large, open parking lot, and see how you do driving. This way, you can tell the trainer what you need help with, and find out if it's something that you can work on. Becky
  8. It sounds like you've been through quite an ordeal. I'm sorry,but glad you're back, and OK.
  9. Brian, Neither one of those things-cream soups or Smoothies- is bad for you, but may cause weight loss. I would be a little concerned about adequate nutrition, depending on what the soups and smoothies were made of, especially if you're any type of PT right now because it can be so demanding on you physically. Try pureeing veggies, liver, or any of the "Superfoods" to add to your smoothies or soups. Have you tried any of the nutritional drinks like Boost, or Ensure? They put me on them in Rehab for weight loss, and I didn't mind because they were so good! It was a lot like drinking milkshakes, because they're so thick, and good-tasting. They're designed not only to provide adequate nutrition, but to stabilize your weight. To go back for just a second; You can puree anything, just by running it through your blender or food processor with some liquid. Good luck, Becky
  10. It happens. With stroke, anything is possible it seems. I'm talking about the loss of appetite. The ones who have been here with this problem usually become focused on a few foods which are palatable to them, and eat only those foods. I've never had this problem myself, but I had 3 friends who had this same problem when they went through chemotherapy. Their appetites returned to normal when the chemo ended. I know that your circumstances are different, but I wanted you to know that none of the 3 had any long term effects from this. Tell your doc so that he can help you monitor your weight and blood work. That way, you don't need to worry about it unless your doc gets concerned. Best, Becky
  11. Zeita, You're doing well if everything is back but your hand. Stroke recovery is known to take awhile, but you're just 6 mo. out! Being able to move your upper arm muscles so soon after your stroke may be a good indicator that you will eventually re-gain use of your hand muscles because, from what I understand, the larger muscles usually come back first. But there are no guarantees with stroke, as each one is as unique as the person who had it. You're doing all that you can, and I hope that you will continue with OT and home exercises as these will help you to have the best outcome. Welcome to Strokenet! I think you'll like it here. Best, Becky
  12. Hogarth, Are you taking an antidepressant? Taking one will not cure all that's wrong with your world, but it might enable you to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Have you seen a neuro-opthamologist about your eyes? If you haven't, it might be worth your while to do so, as they are the specialists to see if you have vision problems following a stroke. Like someone asked above - Can you move closer to your family? Sounds kind of drastic, but sometimes situations like stroke call for drastic measures. What I , and many others have found, is that either you can't do things that you used to do before stroke, or that one has to learn a new way of doing things. Take me and driving, for instance. In order for me to drive, I would have to improve my coordination, reaction time, and dizziness.My conclusion is that not only am I unable to drive now, but that it is unlikely that I will ever drive again in my lifetime.I am 61, and have had these stroke effects for 11 yrs. However, I also can't walk. But, with therapy I have learned that I can walk with a walker. Life after stroke can be hard, but with some tweaking maybe it can be easier. Best, Becky
  13. Zane is truly an inspiration, and so are you , to stay by his side. Yes, please tell Zane that he has a whole cheering squad here, and that we'd love to be updated on his progress! Good luck with NDIS. Best, Becky
  15. Cons, Your post hit home with me, too, as I once used those exact same words to describe myself. I had been invited to attend a stroke support group while I was in in-pt. rehab. We were to go around the room, introduce ourselves, and provide info on our strokes. When it was my turn, I gave my name, and said,"They said I had a stroke..." and then did as those before me had, and gave more specific info as to where, etc. My answer, "they said..." bothered me for a long time. Why had I said that? It took me a couple of years to figure out that it sounded like I was saying that "they" might be wrong. Was I in denial back then? Probably. What about now? Now, I'm a self-proclaimed "optimistic realist" in that I accept the reality that I had a stroke, but I also "choose to" believe that improvement is possible 10 yrs. after a stroke. If I'm wrong, I'm sure I'll find out. The hard way, like I've always learned things. Becky