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About smarshall

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  • Birthday 01/23/1960

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  1. smarshall

    It never ceases to surprise me how many meds treat different ailments. "Carbamazepine, sold under the trade name Tegretol, among others, is an anticonvulsant medication used primarily in the treatment of epilepsy and neuropathic pain."
  2. smarshall

    Hi, It's been my experience that anytime I've seen a NP or PA, they routinely need to run everything by an MD. (That in Vermont - other locations - ??) I had a massive hemorrhage in 1996, and I've taken a baby aspirin, (81mg) a day for years. (Though that's me.)
  3. smarshall

    One of my closest friends and I used to play each other online after she moved. With my word retrieval being so bad now, I've stopped. I do crosswords, (easy ones) puzzles, and visit the "Lumosity" site now and then. Success with those have helped.
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  5. smarshall

    Hi Kelli, I was given Trazadone too. It worked well, but I couldn't continue. (Major brain fog the morning after. ) Hope you have a better experience!
  6. smarshall

    Agree! My 'gratitude chip' started working soon after I wrote the initial post. As it turns out my ex and his family will be there, and even though I don't bare any ill feelings I look at not going as a plus.
  7. smarshall

    Thanks for your responses. My son lives about 1½ hours from me; he can't come because he's on call and has to stay close to home. I'm not feeling down about it today, which is nice! I appreciate your responses, thanks again.
  8. smarshall

    Home alone Thanksgiving...again

    My son has to be on call for work on Thanksgiving, so he's invited a bunch of people to his new house. My husband has to work, I don't drive; I can't go. It's been years since my stroke, and I think I've done a pretty decent job of accepting my physical deficits. Today though, this really, really, really stinks!
  9. smarshall

    Whatever happened to do the right thing? Kelli's right - that IS shameful!
  10. smarshall

    Having Difficulty

    I'm having a rough, emotional morning. A close friend of the family recently had a cardiac event that hospitalized him, and after having an MRI, it was determined that there was evidence of two old strokes. I haven't spoken to him directly, he hasn't any paralysis, and have learned that he seems very confused, can't drive, and his brother couldn't understand him while talking with him on the phone. Apparently he's seeing his PMD this Friday. I realize that he and his wife are taking care of it in their own way, and that's the way it is, but I'm really scared for him. I think it stems from my own experience; at the same time my level of emotional response seems (to me) inappropriate. Brain short-circuit?
  11. smarshall

    Hi Kelli, I (tried) reading the link, and can't seem to process the information. When you do find out more about NLP, I'd love it if you could explain it in a different, possibly easier way? Thanks!
  12. smarshall

    An 'FYI' for you, there's a physical therapist available on this site that might be able to answer your questions. (Under the drop-down 'Quicklinks' there's a link going to, 'Ask The Expert.') My best guess, (It would be a guess) is that regression is pretty common.
  13. smarshall

    Spring, my favorite season...

    I love Spring! New life, warmer weather, no insects... then why am I so miserable? I figured it out; when it's either hot and humid or cold and icy, I don't mind being inside; heck I prefer it! I am physically unable to do much of anything. Rake? Pull dead grass? Take a drive somewhere with the dog and hike? Nope, nope and nope. I'm usually able to accept my new life, yet I still have days when I want to shake my fist to the sky and yell, "THIS REALLY SUCKS!" So I sit on the porch with my pooch, feel the warmer breeze on my face, notice that my rose bush has buds on it, and be grateful that I can get to the porch, feel the breeze on my face, and see those buds...