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  1. heathber

    LG cats can be great company and very affectionate if given the chance, yes right now there are too many of them, but could you maybe let one of them get close and be your special companion, until you feel ready to get Roscoe, given they are already there and needing your care anyway. Make the best of what is in front of you so to speak. Either way hugs and stay as positive as you can. -Heather
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    Yep thankfully I never got the semi regular migraines my Mum and sister lived with, and that they now control with the new daily preventative medications, mine where only a couple of times a year but it would wipe me out for a week. Current problems are not fun but in some ways easier to deal with (more predictable for a start)
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    I have no trouble believing a smell can make you feel sick, or that brain insult can "create" smells. Pre stroke I used to get migraines. Not just the bad headache lots of people think is a migraine. One of the ways to know a true migraine is that one or more of your main senses becomes hyper sensitive, that combined with gut hypostasis which really sucks and means oral medications don't work. The most common migraine hyper sensitivity is lights and noise, but I used to get taste and smell migraine. Thankfully my stroke seems to have "cured" my migraines, although it's not a cure I'd recommend
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    smells I haven't had, but I certainly know those itches. The weirdest ones are when the bone itches not the skin and you really can't scratch it! Will, fingers crossed the itches mean that a nerve that hasn't been communicating with the brain has started to and the brain is not sure where to file the signal/sensation so it could be a sign of healing, the trouble is without knowing the source of the sensation it's hard for you to direct your brain on how to file it.
  5. Oh dear how dreadful. In those circumstances staying home sounds like a good plan. But that poor police officer and that poor man and his family. 😞
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    Fingers and toes crossed it ends up weakening or bypasses you, at least you'll get some rain (probably). Hang in there and let us know once you're safe.
  7. That is a hard one to answer, especially as it will also depend on the restrictions where you live which can be very different from place to place at the moment. During the height of our restrictions here there were quite a few zoom choirs. Which worked by each member recording their part individually while the conductor directed from a video screen, and then the parts were sent in and mixed digitally after the fact. Our nursing homes also allowed outside visits, where the visitor sat on a chair on the footpath while the resident sat on a chair in the garden or behind the gate (op
  8. heathber

    Another one you could try is Inulin. you dissolve a teaspoon full in water and drink it about an hour before going to bed. It won't make it any easier to go to sleep but can help with making the sleep you do get more restful. https://www.simplysupplements.co.uk/healthylife/sleep-disorders/inulin-for-sleep-does-it-really-help https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200303155658.htm There's also some great info on setting up sleep habits in this https://play.acast.com/s/the-osher-gunsberg-podcast/376-drcarmelharrington Good luck -Heather
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    Yes Tracy this stroke thing is one place where being stubborn works for us, not against us.
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    Sometimes it's hard to get back to the good eating habit, I've been on a sugar binge for the last month (at least) maybe that's why my sleep has been so bad. "Everything's connected". The problem with sugar, for me at least, is that it creeps in slowly and I don't notice how much of it I'm having until the habit is back almost to full strength and I have to start at the beginning to break the cycle. One of the big losses with Covid for me was the nutritionist who was keeping me on track with the food stuff.
  12. Hi Tracy make sure you look for Inulin not insulin 😜 Results could be a little different if you mix them up. https://www.simplysupplements.co.uk/healthylife/sleep-disorders/inulin-for-sleep-does-it-really-help https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200303155658.htm
  13. More Hugs for Tracy, I'm so glad that writing this down helped a bit. Sometimes you just need to put what you are feeling into words and that gets enough of it out of your head that you can start to process things again. I too am having issues with sleep at the moment, I'm dreading the daylight saving time change that will happen here next weekend. I feel wary about offering suggestions here given what you said above and I so get that "if you just did x" everything would be fine thing. I still get that from my sister when she thinks I'm not trying enough to use my bad arm. But one
  14. heathber

    Just to confirm what's already been said we are here for you LG for as long as you need us to be. Grief and grieving are personal journeys and not everyone does it the same way. Remember there is no correct way to do this, other than try not to lose yourself in the grief to the extent that your health suffers. Much as you feel that it shouldn't matter you do still need to eat and sleep and keep moving in at least a minimal way. One day at a time or one hour or minute at a time is a good way to get started again. I know this will sound trivial to you, but most of us (both survivor
  15. Oh Tracy ((HUGS)), that is so hard, another thing I'm grateful for, no vertigo, even though my balance is a bit iffy. I do get the instinct to push through problems like that but please don't try to push through things on your own. We have to be careful not to reinforce issues as much as we have to work on our exercises. As soon as something feels off wait and tell your therapist so they can help you modify things it's the old "make haste slowly" that drives me nuts but is actually correct. Also what is is when it comes to emotional reactions. Please don't beat yourself up for rea