Stroke Survivor - female
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About lydiacevedo

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  • Birthday 11/30/1968

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  1. IT's been 5 years since the stroke that changed everything. I'm mostly happy and live is mostly the way I think I remember it being before. I love my job, doing technical writing for a restaurateur company - you may have heard of them. They own Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grille, Bonefish Grill and Flemmings. Everyone seems to be very happy with the work I am doing. I get a lot of positive feedback and kudos. My granddaughter just turned a year old. It's been wonderful sharing the house with her and her parents. I so look forward to getting home from work so I can see and play with
  2. Happy Anniversary lydiacevedo!

  3. There I was, snuggled into bed, having fallen asleep watching tv on 1/23/2015, all set to try get things done over the coming weekend, when there was a knock on my door. Tessa, who normally waits for me to respond, came through the door a second later, apologizing for waking me up, and explaining that she had instant messaged a few of her friends and they all said she should wake me up because she thinks her water may have broken. Nothing snaps a person into instant coherence than hearing that their daughter-in-law may have started going into labor. But, I chose to stay calm and asked her what
  4. Happy Anniversary lydiacevedo!

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    Thank you all of the well wishes. Asha - if I didn't have Cookie Monster, I don't think I'd have had the courage, poststroke, to even try to tackle the things we have done in the last 4 years. Yes, Cookie helped me learn to walk again, and yes, he keeps me from tripping and helps me determine if the people we encounter during the day are people that we do or don't know. Those are some of the things he is trained to do. What no one trained him to do, but he picked up on that I needed, was bring me out of depression, give me a sense of independence, give me a reason to get up some mornings,
  6. As I recounted earlier, Cookie Monster and I made our way to Dallas for a week long training conference. He took the airport, flight and ride to the hotel in stride, like he was born to it. I'm glad one of us is so confident. Maybe, one day, some of his will rub off on me. So, we checked in at the hotel and another bellman, well, bell-lady, took our luggage and the 2 of us up to our room. Cookie was alert but at ease and even offered a friendly sniff to the lady. Now, we were as administrators for the training conference. The company puts admins, facilitators and role players up in s
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    I've been where you are, twice before stroke and once after it. I didn't learn to let go before the stroke, and surviving that didn't help me learn to let go when it was kid #3's turn to apply to college either. To make matters worse, NONE of them wanted to go to the same college as his/her brother/sister. Rejection letters are part of the process. The top schools get so many applicants that they can't accept everyone, even the best students. I've been there too. All the kids graduated with honors and "aced" their SAT tests, scoring high. They still got lots and lots of rejection letters.
  8. I was busy and anxious, the whole company "Winter break," (PwC closes for the 2 weeks of Christmas and New Year so that employees can spend time with their friends and families for the holidays), because right after we opened again, I was to be flying out to Dallas for a training conference, as part of my new department and team. That meant Cookie Monster (my ever faithful service dog and absolute best friend) would be going with me. I was anxious because he hasn't flown much. Cars, trucks, vans, busses, trolleys, boats (big and small), he had tackled these things with apparent ease. But take
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    It's been an interesting couple of weeks. Like most stroke survivors, I have holes in my memory, great, big, gaping holes that have eaten up large parts of my past. Most of my high school and college memories are gone. Well, they tell me they aren't gone, I just don't know how to access them any more.Not sure I believe that, but that isn't the point. Point is, I don't remember most of high school or college and what I do remember is, mostly, fleeting. So, here's the interesting part..... Through a friend that I do have from high school, and the "magic of the internet," an old boyfriend, fr
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    I remember when Garion, Laney and Logan went through that phase. It's one of the last parts of learning to let go as a parent and, I think, one of the hardest. Yes, you'll be relieved and happy when it is all said and done, but at the same time, you'll be saddened because if he goes away to college, he won't be in the house. And after college (those 4 years go so fast), he'll be out in the world and on his own. Just take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and take your cues from him. He'll ask for help when he needs it and he will love and respect you for letting him try to tackle this process
  11. My first grandchild is due at the beginning of February. Garion and Tessa want me to be an active part of Elaena's life (yes, we know the gender and she is already named), and I want to be as well. But, Garion thinks I won't be able to manage Elaena and a service dog, out on my own. I think he is wrong. Garion thinks I won't be able to push a stroller and hold on to Cookie Monster's lead. I push a shopping cart and hold on to Cookie Monster. He knows how to walk by a cart. A stroller shouldn't be any different. And I can always hold Elaena in a baby sling or front carrier, hold on to Cooki
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    That was an awesome idea!!
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    Oh Dean, I am sorry about all of the child support mess. I was the custodial parent in the divorce, and think I am one of the rare few who doesn't take pain and frustrations about the relationship ending out on my former partner by putting a price tag on it. I also understand going back to work after the first stroke way too soon, having a second, and having to throw in the towel. It feels like you are out of control of everything, especially your own body. What I can tell you there is that is does get better and after some time, for me about a year and a half, going back to work works ou
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    Sue, you were so open and welcoming to me when I first turned up on this site. You encouraged my blogs, laughed with them, cried with them, and always let me know there were people in this world who cared about me, whether or not we had ever met in person. You also gave me perspective on what was going on in my own journey of recovery, from a point of view I could not possibly have seen. I know you do that for everyone you give encouragement or advice to, and YES, it really does help. It really does ease some of the fear and anxiety. It really does make a difference to all of us. Without your
  15. Whew! When one hears the words "four day weekend," one typically thinks "oh how wonderful, time to get a little extra R&R!" That "one" doesn't live in my world. LOL The office closed for the weekend at 3:30 on Wednesday. No one had to report back to work until this morning. At about 8 pm, Wednesday evening, I closed my logged off the company's remote server and closed my laptop for the "weekend," thinking my work was done. I had forgotten all of the things I still had to do for the Thanksgiving holiday and post-Thanksgiving activities. Silly Lydi! SO, after realizing I hadn't gone