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    Exactly! I have often been amazed at the things I can do with a numb hand! Becky
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    Hi, Willis. I'm a hemorrhagic stroke survivor too. 12 years out, and the numbness has never gone completely away. The "pins and needles" sensation went away, but not the numbness. You kinda get used to it because you can't feel it, until you have to use your numb hand for something. I never realized until I didn't have it, how often we rely on our sense of touch. I DON'T TRUST MY NUMB LEFT HAND TO HOLD ON TO ANYTHING THAT'S IMPORTANT, FRAGILE, OR CAN SPILL, because my hand, unable to feel the object in it, just lets go of it. Good luck, Becky
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    having therapy makes it so much easier, or, it did for me. when I found that I couldn't do something, I would just be dumb-struck as to what to do next, but my therapists always had a "plan-b"."try this", they'd tell me", or, "do it this way". God bless them every one because I don't think that I ever would have figured it out on my own.good luck,Becky
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    I had a massive stroke, and have been dealing with the consequences for 12 years now. Before I would let anyone inject my brain with anything, I would have to see several POSITIVE clinical studies. That being said, I've always thought that stem cell therapy makes so much sense. JMO. Becky
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    Alan, I'm glad that you had a good time. You are an inspiration to us because your vacays are proof that your life isn't over because you had a stroke. You can still get out and do, even if you do things a little differently. Becky
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    Ray, I'm a survivor of a stroke in the pons too, and I also had left side paralysis and dysphagia, so I know how you feel. Glad you're going to rehab-it helps so much. Good luck, Becky
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    I'm 12 yrs. out, and my hand still shakes occasionally. It's due to the lack of connection between your muscles and your brain. Use that hand as much as you can so that you can strengthen this connection. Becky
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    The important thing is that you did it, in spite of its' difficulty, and it looks great! Becky
  9. Chris, There's so much that I want to say to you, but I would probably overwhelm and confuse you. First off, you don't sound selfish at all. Unfortunately, stroke can affect everyone in the- family, not just the survivor. Your life was affected too. This isn't what you signed on for. And no one asked you if you wanted to change course mid-stream, did they? Bottom line is that you have every right to be angry. There are several explanations for your husband's behavior. One is that he had stroke damage in the part of his brain that regulates behavior. If this is the case, he may not be aware of it, and may not be able to control it even if he is aware of it. Have you tried to talk to him about it? Another possible cause is medication. Sometimes the side,-effects of meds are worse than what the med is trying to cure! Is he in pain anywhere? By that, I don't mean little aches and pains, but severe, constant pain. You also mentioned that he wants to sleep all of the time, doesn't want to go anywhere, socialize,.and has no sex drive. These behaviors can be caused by any of the above, or depression. It might be worthwhile to take him to his doc, and see if an antidepressant is worth a try. In fact, you might benefit from an antidepressant, too, and maybe some individual counseling to help you cope with all of the changes in your life. Best, Becky
  10. The minute I saw the pics, I thought, "Tracy must've gotten her place." Hot-diggity, girl! I'm happy for you. Breathe! Take it one room at a time, and one thing at a time. It will all get done.Becky
  11. Hope all goes well. Becky
  12. Hi, Jim. Welcome aboard! You are about to embark on the longest, hardest journey of your life. Just remember that we'll always be here for you to help you any way that we can. Remember, too, that many of us have been where you are now. We know that there will be times when you just want to quit. But, please don't do that. Come here, and let us try to help you. Becky
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    Sounds like this is a "win" for you. YAY! Happy that you found something that works. Finally!
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    I think that this is a great idea! Sounds like it's right up your alley. Let us know how it goes. Becky
  15. 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
  17. 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
  25. 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.