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  1. Hi Alan, As others stated, consult with your physician first and know how the laws of your state apply to you. I live in Texas and Texas DPS required me to pass a driving road test. Before testing I took a 6 week certification course available where I attended outpatient therapy. After passing the certification course I was allowed to practice on the road with a licensed driver present. After 2 weeks of practice I took the road test. I failed it the first time (too aggressive - I drove like I used to), passed it the 2nd time. Although the process was lengthy, having successfully completed it protects me in case of an accident. So, yes, be patient - consult with your physician, account for any impairments that can make driving usafe for you, and meet your state's requirements for returning to driving after a brain injury. Best wishes and god-speed to you!
  2. Excellent one year update Benni. Keep working these other things you mention. You'll get there.
  3. Good to see you Fred!
  4. I did not have dysarthria but when I came home from the hospital I had a strong fear of verbal communication in any form. Verbal communication by phone and in meetings is a critical responsibility in executing my job responsibilities. My primary issue was holding my breath when speaking. After years of practice, speaking exercises and using compensating techniques I am much improved. The phobia remains and I'm prone to lose my temper if the conversation does not go well. What I want most is to participate in conversations with my kids when we get together. When my adult daughters get on a roll, jumping into the conversation is like trying to walk across a freeway! I'm trying more and more but it's hard and I'm exhausted afterwards. I do find using a headset on conference calls at work to be very helpful.
  5. Hi Iskandar, I find the treadmill to be helpful. For example, when I first started using mine I could barely handle the 1.5 mph speed. I'm now up to 2.6 mph. So I think it's useful to help quicken your gait and smoothen it out, but also to give you a good overall workout.
  6. Hi Donna, By all means, go for it, just do it right, to protect yourself both in terms of liability and also physical safety. My stroke occurred in June 2012, I began driving again in April 2014, after 6 weeks of formal driving rehab followed by completing a driving exam complete with state trooper. Driving reahab helped me in two ways: they assessed my impairments recommending adaptive equipment to off set the impairment and they taught me how to pass the driving test. After completing the rehab program I was certified to drive as long as accompanied by a licensed driver. In the beginning driving again felt so weird. It was difficult. Now, two years later, nothing to it. But, back when I first started, I was incompetent to drive and was a danger to others and myself. The rehab program and practicing helped alot. Passing the driving test protects me from perceived liability, which I'll explain this way. If I were involved in an accident where the other driver was at fault, their insurance provider might argue that I'm liable for damages because my stroke impairments may have interfered with a reasonable ability to avoid the accident. But such an argument would now be unlikely to succeed because we can demonstrate that I successfully graduated driving rehab, my impairments have been addressed, and I passed the licensing requirements. So, yes, do it, just do it right! God bless and good luck.
  7. Happy Anniversary awayne56!

  8. Kevin, 2 weeks prior to my stroke I began experiencing pain in the right side of my face. It was like a headache but in the face. I did not feel the pain daily but maybe every couple of days or so. I thought I might have a sinus infection. I didn't see a doctor because the pain was not unbearable, just a nuisance.I remember one moment in particular when my face hurt, I ran my hand along my cheekbone and then along my jawline. At that moment the worst, stabbing pain occurred that ran up through my ear to the top of my head. I thought, "Hell, don't do that again." I didn't, but I also told no one. In hindsight, when that occurred I should have consulted a physician. But I talked myself out of it, just a sinus infection, give it time.What I didn't realize was that the pain I was feeling was the result of a dissected carotid artery, which was the root cause of my stroke. The pain started June 2, 2012; the stroke occurred June 21. When we were in the ER and (mistakenly) believed I had stabilized from the initial stroke attack, I described my facial pain to the ER doc and asked her, "As long as I'm here do you think this pain I've been experiencing to be a sinus infection, and if so, can we do something to clear it up?" The doc said, "You don't have a sinus infection." She ordered that I be given an aspirin and put to bed. Shortly after that, the carotid ballooned up again cutting off the blood flow to the right side of my brain, and here I am. So, Kevin, your question is a good one. Something had changed, I recognized it, but did nothing.Had I reported this to a physician, no guarantee he/she would have diagnosed it correctly; hell, the ER doc missed it! Bottom line: we all need a PCP, and we need to report any changes in physical health/well-being to our docs; most will competently diagnose the situation.
  9. Happy Birthday awayne56!

  10. Fort Worth TX for me, east side, Meadowbrook.
  11. Born and raised in Fort Worth. I now live on the east side of Fort Worth.
  12. Happy Anniversary awayne56!

  13. Happy Birthday awayne56!

  14. Happy Birthday awayne56!