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About raysrightside

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  • Birthday 05/18/1963

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  1. driving my dog around in the sidecar making people happy. Been tooling around town with my trusty copilot for several months now getting used to the sidecar in preparation for future road trips when my stamina returns. Everywhere we go folks are smiling and laughing. They love to see the dog's ears flapping in the wind and specially her wearing goggles. Every time we stop at an intersection someone wants a picture. If only there was such a job listing somewhere.
  2. Me too, my train of thought often leaves the station without me. I'm okay with that now, another train will be along shortly. Usually go out with the doggie so if I get sidetracked we just look blankly at each other.
  3. That was one of the primary reasons for getting the sidecar, so the my doggie could come along on rides. Once the bike starts up now, there's no leaving her home. Just a routine jaunt to the grocery or pharmacy and she jumps in. On these trips she waits patiently in the sidecar while I'm in the store, and when I return, there's always a small group of people surrounding the dog and sidecar taking pictures. Happens lots on the road too. She's loving the attention. This project has also introduced me to fellow stroke survivors who were also avid riders. Keeping in touch with two individuals right now that saw the sidecar and got the itch again. I'm thinking about pinstriping a lightning bolt on it.
  4. Got the sidecar back from the paint shop the week after Thanksgiving and been riding every day since. First a couple miles just tooling about town, but now up to thirty or so miles per stint. I now call this sidecar therapy as steering a sidecar is a constant readjustment of the handle bars to compensate for the quirky road handling of a sidecar rig. Therapy I'm willing to deal with! Boy are my arms and shoulders fatigued after a little ride. Can't wait til my stamina improves and I can ride all day again, my new goal. At least I'm back on the bike.
  5. Benni: what Scott said is right on. QUACK ! Just keep paddling along and you'll get there eventually.
  6. Okay, I'm officially a Sunday driver, every day of the week. Since I'm no longer in a hurry to do anything except recover, my general lack of urgency has influenced my driving. Sedate acceleration and cruising are my driving habits now. If traffic starts to form up behind me, I get out of the way and let cars rush on by. Even on the motorcycle, I now prefer country roads to high speed freeways. I still wear the leather jacket and sport the "biker" look, though.
  7. I thought the drop foot was a thing of the past, but no, it still crops up or down as it were. All is well, and Murphy only says hi once in a while but does make an appearance when things are going really well. The planter is OK too, no innocent flowers were hurt during this episode just a few scattered rocks on the sidewalk. I pushed them back in before I left the scene so the homeowner wouldn't notice anything was amiss.
  8. and I had a hard fall. Just a quick reminder to always be careful. My walks are usually done in the well controlled environment of the park, where there are miles of smooth sidewalks and soft grassy paths. Well today was exceptionally nice, so decided to take the doggie for an extra walk around the neighborhood. Maybe because I know the area so well, I wasn't paying attention to my surroundings, and wham, the sidewalk bites me. It was a simple raised crack in the sidewalk, maybe an inch and a half, but it was enough to grab my right foot and cause a stumble. Given enough room to stumble run it out, I could have saved myself the tumble. But I stumbled into a planter, and ran out of room when a small palm tree blocked any forward progress. I'm going down...normally falling into a planter is good news, but this one was lined with lava rock. Fell in right knee and elbow first, not pretty and potentially bloody. When the dust cleared, a fellow pedestrian helped me up and we assessed the damage. Big swelling around the knee, but only typical scrapes like I routinely sported on my knee area when I was ten. The swelling didn't equate to any serious pain, so I headed home with my tail tucked between my legs. The scabs will remind me to be vigilant when walking. Maybe I should my take my walking stick for just such mishaps, definitely would have helped.
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  10. Make sure it has a mini USB plug so I can charge my phone. XL please for my big brain, or is that just swelling?
  11. Stick with the exercises Benni, my leg and foot were the last things to wake up and stairs were a particular problem. Still working on the leg and foot but can lead up the stairs with the weak leg. Gotta remember, legs are heavy!
  12. Thought I would miss working too, but reading and hobbies, and taking the dog out for an hour of fetch, and a two hour walk, pretty much fill my day. The only good thing about a stroke is time to spend on non stress activities.
  13. Hi Donna, Check on Amazon, search "large wheel walker" lots of options, even one for the beach.
  14. Happy Birthday raysrightside!

  15. Happy Anniversary raysrightside!