Stroke Caregiver - male
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About RonA

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 07/11/1944

Contact Methods

  • Stroke Network Email

Shared Information

  • Stroke Anniversary (first stroke)
  • Facebook URL
  • Website URL
  • How did you find us?
    Google Search

Registration Information

  • First Name
  • State

Recent Profile Visitors

3,128 profile views
  1. RonA

    What a wonderful attitude. You are blessed to have it as are those around you.
  2. RonA

    Do you see your son often? And I agree with what someone else posted, there should be a way for you to make it to his place for Thanksgiving even if it means arriving the day before and spending the night at his place. I hope he knows how you feel. Sometimes the obvious isn't at all obvious. I hope you somehow have a nice Thanksgiving regardless.
  3. RonA

    It already has. Big time.
  4. RonA

    What a Big Difference

    I recently stumbled across yet another device that can make a huge difference in the daily lives of stroke survivors and their caregivers. This one is called Shower Buddy and it is a high-quality, well designed product that makes bathing easier and safer for people with mobility problems. My wife is one of those people. She had been growing increasingly anxious about bathing and as result my own anxiety level climbed as well. We were starting to dread bath times and our stress load grew heavier with each bathing. Dorothy was suddenly paralyzed with fear each time she had to move from her trans
  5. RonA

    Hang in there, Sandy. Maybe it is time to buy a lift for your car so that you can transport your husband's chair without having to lift anything. My wife and I may well reach that point eventually but for now the fold-up power chair works great for us. If I keep hitting the gym I may be able to use it for another ten years or so. :)
  6. RonA

    No, Sandy. My wife's chair is totally electric. It runs on batteries that use the same technology as computer batteries, meaning they are far lighter than regular wheelchair batteries. The battery provides plenty of power and lasts five hours or so. I think the pumping mechanism you had in mind was featured in a different wheelchair that someone mentioned after reading my posting.
  7. RonA

  8. RonA

    I took your advice. Thanks for the suggestion.
  9. RonA

    Looks like fun for sure, but for my wife it wouldn't work. For one thing she has use of only one arm and this one seems to require two. Also, a bid advantage of my wife's chair is that it is battery powered as well as lightweight. If the chair you showed works for you, that's great. Enjoy.
  10. RonA

    It looks pretty cool for sure but it is a far cry from my wife's chair. My wife's chair runs on batteries. She couldn't use the kind shown in your clip because she can only use one arm. I think that different people have different needs. If the chair you showed works for you, that's great.
  11. RonA

    Nancy, on top of everything else you seemed to be consumed by anger and negativity, from McDonald's "crappy" food to the nursing home to Dan. I understand those feelings but they only make things worse for you. Somehow you need to conquer your own dark side, which, again, is perfectly understandable. Your husband seems miserably unhappy and severely depressed. I think he wants to die rather than continue in his present state. I understand that, too. I might even feel the same were I in his situation. I wish I could tell you how to get your mind around all of this. I believe it starts by focusi
  12. RonA

    An Unexpected Improvement

    Sometimes you get a lot more out of a product than you expected. My wife and I recently purchase one of those lightweight, fold-up, power travel wheelchairs and it has turned out to be a real blessing. Although I am a relentless consumer of information about things that could help people such as my wife, who have had strokes, I had never heard of this particular product until a blogger from this site, who writes under the name Strokewife, told me about it. She had bought one for her husband and assured me that it was a godsend for them and allowed them to take a much-needed cruise toge
  13. RonA

    Your marriage probably had problems before your health issues arose and now those issues are magnified by those problems. Both you and your wife are afraid, you because of the anxiety of health problems and she because of the stress of losing her dad and now having her husband's health in doubt early into marriage. I think therapy is a very good idea and I hope it works. But I also hope you attend to your health problems. Your strokes were very recent and seem to get worse each time. If you have another one you could wind up permanently disabled. Then your wife, who is already struggling tp co
  14. RonA

    It may sound trite but it is good advice nonetheless: Don't focus on what you lost, focus on what you still have. Take care. --Ron Alridge
  15. RonA

    Sue, many thanks for caring not just for your late husband but for others affected by stroke who flock to this web site. I truly wish you the best of everything as you move on to the next chapters of your life. Just be sure you live it to the fullest. Take care. --Ron Alridge