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raysrightside

Stroke Survivor - male
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  • Birthday 05/18/1963

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    02-25-2012
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    Ray
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  1. So there I was shuffling along making that scraping toe sound with my weaker right foot. So I asked my therapist why it seems that I don't do the scrapy thing when I'm moving slowly around the house, at least not as often. So the therapist has me slow down and take a few steps followed by regular speed. Voila! Apparently when going slow I lean more to the left, shifting more weight to the left leg allowing me to lift the right foot a little more, just enough not to drag my toe. Since the left side is now compromised by the second stroke, I don't trust it as much as I used to to bear most of my weight when walking faster, hence the toe drag. Since I'm still using a walker I should be able to lean left more trusting the walker and my left arm to support the weight. Tried consciously leaning left and was able to swing the right leg through a few strides with no scratchy sounds. Will try this method this afternoon on my own. Those physical therapists are kinda useful sometimes...
  2. So there I was shuffling along making that scraping toe sound with my weaker right foot. So I asked my therapist why it seems that I don't do the scrapy thing when I'm moving slowly around the house, at least not as often. So the therapist has me slow down and take a few steps followed by regular speed. Voila! Apparently when going slow I lean more to the left, shifting more weight to the left leg allowing me to lift the right foot a little more, just enough not to drag my toe. Since the left side is now compromised by the second stroke, I don't trust it as much as I used to to bear most of my weight when walking faster, hence the toe drag. Since I'm still using a walker I should be able to lean left more trusting the walker and my left arm to support the weight. Tried consciously leaning left and was able to swing the right leg through a few strides with no scratchy sounds. Will try this method this afternoon on my own. Those physical therapists are kinda useful sometimes...
  3. Second try since stroke number two last June. Still doesn't feel quite right, but way more comfortable than the first try. Definitely couldn't ride the big motorcycle without the sidecar. Good excuse to dust off the bike anyway, doesn't look right all that chrome not shiny... A little more work on those core muscles and I'll be good to go.
  4. raysrightside

    One positive aspect in having a stroke has been the time I can spend with my furry buddy, which nowadays is pretty much all day. I have have been fortunate to be able to bring my dog to work with me so I have always been able to dedicate substantial time to my dog, but now that she is literally with me all the time, I know the secret to a well trained dog.
  5. raysrightside

    Pretty quick for the first six months then ssllloooowww. I still get steady progress after seven years, just in minute steps. My right leg and foot has been the slowest to improve but I still work on it. Range of motion returned a little at a time, literally a small twitch here and there, nothing major. Pleasant surprises when you realize you can grasp a doorknob or twist a bottle cap. Hooray moments for sure!
  6. raysrightside

    Oh will definitely be getting back to daily walking. Great idea about the treadmill but would rather get outside.Working on gait and stamina now. Compared to first experience, I'm way ahead of schedule. Last time I didn't get out of the wheelchair for six months, so I am counting myself very fortunate this time. That pesky foot drop, though, hard on the tennies. Even the extra sole pad the pt's put on my right shoe didn't last very long once I got past a few steps per session. Looking at tougher pad material.
  7. raysrightside

    After three months of rehab I'm up to about a hundred yards with a walker. Still major toe drag on the right foot, but not too bad with afo. Need the walker for balance. Have good all around mobility at about fifty percent strength. Therapy is about to kick me loose again because my therapist says I should be able to progress on my own if I keep up the therapy routine. As before, great progress but not fast enough for me. You would think I would have learned some patience after the first go round... Speech is still weak, but the volume should return as my core gets stronger. Grinding away daily.
  8. raysrightside

    Seven years ago I was thinking the same thing. But unlike your situation, my experience was with a big one. Avoiding another stroke was a high priority. As time went by, that thought faded away and I returned to familiar habits. Cheating on my diet, smoking cigars every day, enjoying a beer here and there and walking less, became the norm. Complacency set in replacing diligence, the only thing I didn't neglect was my meds. Memorial Day weekend was filled camping, fishing, bbqs, and general good times, but ended in the emergency room. Thought I learned my lesson the first time around. At least I already know what to do... I definitely don't want another meeting with the big guy.
  9. Imagine a ten spoon day. Was running out of clean clothes so decided to do a load. How hard could this possibly be? Four pairs of shorts, some boxers, a few t shirts and a pillow case for a laundry bag. Hop on the scooter and off to the laundry room. Who knew a few clothes could be so heavy. By the time I'm done loading the machine, I've used one spoon. Load and unload the dryer and I can barely stand. In fact had to use a handy golf club to reach a few shirts deep in the dryer. Had to finish folding seated. Second spoon gone. Sitting on the couch recovering. Seriously considering getting domestic home aid. My doctors say I should qualify.
  10. It's not all cloudy skies and rain, folks. Today as I was doing my 25 steps with my walker, I found myself taking a break next to the vacuum cleaner. Seeing some doggie fur on the carpet nearby, I decide to clean it up. Picture this...walker in one hand for stability, vacuum in the other picking up my doggie's hair. Giggled non-stop at the silly picture I must be making.
  11. That's a much more lucid explanation than my neurologist provided, Heather. Thank you. I, too, will probably return to an office environment, and I need to get this situation under control. So for now, I will be persuing relief with medication.
  12. When I was in the ICU last month my neurologist put me on seraquil for the pba but we both agreed to stop using it when the pba seemed to be lessening. Well it's back with a vengeance so maybe I will get back on it. Going back to living alone may be causing the spikes in emotion though I've always been fairly independent. Maybe now that I have to ask for help occasionally, my mind is trying to compensate for not being able to do it all myself like I am used to.
  13. When I had my initial stroke, my emotions were all over the place. Eventually they became somewhat manageable, and inappropriate outbursts were few and far between. I still had no filter, but I could keep it to myself, mostly. Now with the recent brainstem stroke, it's extreme, I cry ugly and laugh hysterically at anything. I may even consider medication. Will ask my Neuro what options I have next week. What the Neuro always asks is if I am depressed. Don't know why she always goes that direction, but I always stress that when fits of hysteria hit me, I'm not upset or depressed, something very minor has triggered an emotional response. I am just not responding in an appropriate way. Now it's very loud and noticeable. I think I have to do something about it.
  14. raysrightside

    Ran out of breakfast supplies today necessitating a scooter jaunt to the grocery store. Much more cautious this morning, watching my speed and the sidewalk. There are several spots along my route ( about a mile each way ) where the sidewalk is quite rough, where I have to actually travel the street. Must get a safety flag so traffic can see me easier. I did turn up the scooter controller to fulll speed where my path was smooth and wide open. Uneventful trip, the best kind.
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