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Stroke Survivor - male
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About Deigh

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  • Birthday 10/31/1929

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  1. I quite agree with you about this time of the year. I am not a 'Christmassy' person and find the whole season irritating to the extreme. Deigh
  2. You have all our sympathy and understanding. We have all had similar feelings to yours. I was fortunately very quickly out of it and the desire to fight emerged. This was all within the first two hours of my stroke. The plan to rebuilt as much as I can of my life has remained except for short bursts of questioning whether or not it is worth it. We look forward to more cheerful mail from you in the future. Deigh
  3. I don't really have any problems. I was just joining in the fun! I do agree with you that kids can get into all sorts of stuff that is adult proof. As a youngster I was very adept at picking locks and my parents had no idea that I could get into their private cupboards. Trouble is that I had no idea what the papers meant that they kept there, and there was no cash! Deigh
  4. Whatever you do, ignore the time factor. I am approaching my third anniversary and can assure you that I am still improving my strength and dexterity. My speech is not anything as good as I'd like but daily I continue practicing by reading out loud and also whistling whenever I remember. Deigh
  5. I never thought of asking a chemist to supply drugs in easy-open containers, I thought every thing came with those pensioner-proof caps that defy anything short of a hacksaw! Deigh
  6. For my birthday my wife bought me a new Rubicks cube. I had worn out the last one! It should be good exercise for the fingers. Trouble is that I've now forgotten how to do it and have had to start learning all over, and with my present short attention span it could take a while before I get proficient again. I worked it out myself initially and my system is a bit slow. I am hoping to improve it this time round. Deigh
  7. I very rarely drink Irish whiskey but can remember well the last time with some friends knocking off a half bottle of it. All night my dreams were centered around me having fights. Now, I've done some boxing but in no way could be considered to be a fighter and I've worked out that it must be something in Irish whiskey that causes the Irish to be such pugalists. Deigh
  8. The only non-prescription drug I take is a daily single Scotch Malt Whisky. I don't know if my doctor approves 'cos I havn't asked him. I'm not sure it improves my clarity of thought but it makes everything worthwhile! Deigh
  9. Yes, that would really drive you nuts (bit of a pun there!). I don't seem to have the same problems but am continually surprised with the question "Are you better?". Pre-stroke I knew nothing about the condition at all so I shouldn't get offended by that question. Deigh
  10. Yoiks, I can understand your concern. Fortunately exercise and time have given me the opportunity to play again. Am just getting to grips with playing octaves on the keyboard. Thumb and little finger don't want to bend as they did. Keep with it. Deigh
  11. David, It rather looks as though your problem is with your left hand and mine is with the right! Initially I had great difficulty even tuning the guitar because the electronic tuner required one string to be plucked and I couldn't guarantee that I could hit the correct string or even confine it to just one! I am well past that stage of recovery now but still occasionally the plectrum will hit the wrong string! My biggest difficulties now are speed and trying to play octaves using the plectrum and my index fingernail simultaneously. I used to be quite good at it but am slow at recovering that speed and dexterity. Another major problem is my short attention span. 50 years ago I would play all evening in a band and then come home and get the guitar out to perfect something I'd heard that evening! Nowadays, if I havn't beaten it in five minutes I give up. These are all standard problems with recovery, I am very pleased that most of them I can beat given time. I couldn't sing before so the stroke has not taken away a career as a crooner! Deigh
  12. Now, here is a difference between us.....Like you I am a good reader with a bad memory, I have about ten arrangements I can play from memory and anything else has to be read. But initially about six months after my stroke when I started to play again the dots didn't mean anything at all, I knew they represented notes but which ones and of what value I had no idea. This took about six months to overcome along with the problem of not being able to remember where I was on the sheet music. I have a repertoire of favourite jazz tunes on my computer using 'Encore'. When I started playing them again my reading was too slow so I ended up playing from memory, this was a good move and now I can boast to just using the program to play the chords and I improvise the melody, but can read when memory fails me. My biggest problem was (and is) holding the plectrum and controlling which strings I hit. I designed a gadget to assist keeping the pick between my fingers and still use it all the time. Regards Deigh
  13. Whilst not matching the first paragraph of your correspondence, I can certainly relate to the rest of it. In a few minutes whilst asleep I was robbed of all the skills I had worked all my life for. It has taken almost three years but I am putting back together as much of it as I can to be able to play guitar and keyboards and get to produce good music again. My fishing has gone for ever and my social skills of dancing and even talking have become seriously diminished. Fortunately my periods of depression are extremely shortlived. I've been married 57 years and this has survived the stroke, except that I am now the back-up driver and have difficulty finding the energy to meet my obligations houseworkwise. I am getting a lot of pleasure being able to do house repairs adaptions and modifications to fit my new role in life. Deigh
  14. I am still the same lovable person I ever was. Deigh I hope no-one shows this mail to my wife.
  15. Linnie, Thanks for that comment. We have a lot of laughs at home and I enjoy sharing them. There are overtones from my last mail though, I have removed the batteries from my smoke alarm and am awaiting shrieks of horror from the authorities. We don't smoke and don't use the kitchen overnight so the only danger is from a TV bursting into flames or neighbours having fires. This is less likely than me having a heart attack from an errant smoke alarm. Isn't it incredible that the devices don't give false alarms during the day but will wait till 4am before having hiccups! Deigh