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About Linnie

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    Chief Mentor
  • Birthday 10/12/1958

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  1. I understand where you're coming from, Heather. I can't say with 100% certitude that I follow the principles and techniques perfectly. But when I have to make a difficult decision or determine how to say something unpleasant to a friend, if I were to sit still thinking about it, I wouldn't be able to relax or solve the problem (probably b/c 1. I haven't taken any training in meditation or 2. I can only sit still for 30 seconds, lol). Where I do my hiking there are no distractions except the beauty of the outdoors. Thoughts seem to be clearer and easier on my mind, so I'm more relaxed with the problem-solving. I've never heard before of moving meditation, so I'm really glad to see your post.
  2. That's helpful! Thanks John
  3. Hi, I just wanted to add my 2 cents. After my strokes, I couldn't speak. My only way of communicating was to point at things, which really didn't help get my message understood. Since there are so many methods to choose from now, I'd suggest you contact an OT who has experience working with stroke survivors with this deficit. The OT may be able to help you narrow down the best techniques. All the best,
  4. Congrats on reaching your goal, John (stockflyer). Now you've got me wondering if setting a goal would get me through more than 1 book a year. I'm so easily distracted, and my attention span sucks even though I'm always interested in the books I choose (mainly autobiographies). But perhaps setting a goal (maybe 1 chapter each week) would improve that. Thanks for the tip!
  5. You're brave, Scott! If that were me, !
  6. I've been telling myself for years that I'm going to get into meditation. But after reading this, I think I get a lot of the above-mentioned benefits from my hiking. Hope so!
  7. Hey, you had fun! That's what counts...I laugh at myself too!
  8. Oh, oh, I don't remember if that's good or not, Scott.... But gonna try hard to not forget it!
  9. Hi again, Karen, you're facing a lot of problems. It's so true that the harder you try to speak without making mistakes, actually leads to making mistakes (I learned the hard way!). The stress and muscle spasms may be relieved somewhat if you do deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation. I use these techniques a lot; and find the muscle relaxation helps me fall asleep at night. You can get info at https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/relaxation-techniques-for-stress-relief.htm We're all thinking of you, and hope you do stay in touch. Don't worry about typos, missing words, etc.; we'll be able to understand what you're saying.
  10. LOL That was , Kelli! Good luck with new med, Scott.
  11. Hi, thanks for responding to my question. Also, very glad that you're putting effort into thinking positively...It really does help in your recovery! to you and your daughter.
  12. Hi Sue, your last statement is so true; you've put so much time and energy into "doing everything", it's important to give yourself a break. With regards to your fatigue, it seems similar to the fatigue that stroke survivor's experience while the brain is healing. Even though your foot is considered "healed", like you said it'll take more months for it to really finish healing. You write so beautifully about friends, family, your environment...I always love reading your blogs. Especially liked your expression "piecrust friends"; they're around us for sure! Also a good reminder to try not to be like that.
  13. Not my fault, I didn't write it!! The following statements were in this week's Marketplace Watchdog newsletter. More info on this topic can be found at http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/surgeons-bmj-gender-inequality-patients-hospitals-1.4347839 Your surgeon’s gender may matter A new Canadian study found that patients of female surgeons are less likely to die. The difference is slight, about four per cent, and looked at outcomes within 30 days of an operation. The study’s lead author wants people to take away that women are at least as good, if not better, than their male counterparts, especially since surgery is still a male-dominated profession.
  14. Ray, sorry (Canadian SORRY!) but I think you already know my answer....ask Kelli. She's so helpful, her and Steve have given me a great deal of help with different issues on this site! Now, I'm going to look at your photos, yay! Edit: Soooo cool!! But can't leave comments on the photos, another thing to ask Kelli about...e.g. "Does that happen only when you submit photos as a guest?" Are you going to PM Kelli? Hope so!