Stroke Survivor - male
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  1. Hi Pearls, I read this book last year too. It was a great book. I learned so much from it. But it took me a long time to read. Actually reading is part of my therapy since I can only focus a short time before I lose it. I can usually only get about 15-20 minutes in before my headache gets really bad and I find myselft just skimming the page without reading. Then I know it s time to stop. I would highly recommend it no matter how slow you can read it. It made so much sense to me. I reallized that the stroke didn't destroy my muscles, just broke the connection to my brain and there is a good possibility that you can make a new connection over time. OVER TIME - no miracles As I've said in other posts MUSIC is very likely to help. I have used music to help me improve my walking and other exercises. I also used the light laser therapy in from the book and in 2 or 3 days my balance improved so much my wife could really notice. (It's not perfect, but I take any gain to regain some oldtime normalcy) I could walk across the room with no rolator. That was a first. I only needed to touch - notice the word touch - to keep my balance. My brain could take that input and correct my tipping as I moved. This may not help others, and I was a bit sceptical, but for me it was as valuable as months of therapy on this.
  2. Hi GreenQueen - do what I do. Appointments, shopping, cooking, etc - I have defined that all, ALL are part of my therapy. I feel much better that way. In fact for me just bending over to load the dishwasher is the same thing they make me do in PT. So it counts. Have a great day! And don't forget you got your PT done today.
  3. stopping and praying for a miracle reminds me of an old joke. A guy prays to God and asks to win the lotto. The drawing happens and he didn't win. He asks God again, he didn't win again. This goes on for a while. Finally he is asking one last. "God please let me win the lotto" God responds - "Meet me half way, buy a ticket."
  4. Hi, I had a stroke in the Cerebellum and I have difficulty walking and keeping balance but it is getting better. Let me tell you the weird thing that happened to me. (rereading that sounds like that bad click bait we all hate) I walk around a small track with a bar that circles the entire track at our older persons center. It is like 1/8 mile. But I would hold on and practice going from doing only 1 lap in 10 minutes and being totally exausted to now a mile, 18 laps, in 20-30 min depending on my day. I now walk with hiking poles around our neighborhood and not needing the bar like I did at beginning. I was walking around the track and tried to improve but one day it was very very loud in there. They play basketball in center lower level. I had brought my mp3 player but never really used it but that day I turned it on while I was walking. I was going around my unbalanced normal way, but when a song came on with a solid beat I would start to walk better. Was finally able to let go for a little while, not a lot yet, but my brain functions better with the extra beat hitting the ears. I have found several songs that work for me that I put into a playlist. Now I don't know if that will work for you, but my daughter a neuro rehab nurse tells me about the sound energy helping people out in odd ways. Hope this gives you an idea or to try something that just seems weird and may help you. God bless you.
  5. making compost? That has got to be a crappy job! I would like to try that, but don't think it would go over with my neighbors.
  6. Reading is fantastic. I used to do that pre-stroke. Read lots. Now with my headache I usually get about 20 min. at a time. I took up my 30 year old stamp collection and started that again. It is nice since I can "travel the world". Right now I am working on Greek stamps. I stop and learn a little bit about the stamp the year there etc. I have found out about the leaders, wars, different taxes they needed and was added to stamp. I found out when they invaded Turkey and issued stamps for a few years for use in that territory. Massive inflation. Their stamps used to be a few lecta? to a few Drachma. I put in a my album a stamp that was 5 million drachma. Now that is inflation. A few years later they devalued the money and the stamps show it. Similar to pre-WWII German stamps were in the millions of Marks because of their inflation. (picture goes here, but haven't learned how yet) Pictures of sites, artwork, animals, cars, trucks, trains (one of my favorites), etc. So much to stop and enjoy. When you look at years at a time you can see a story unfold. Not as hard for me as reading, and does help with boredom. Unfortantely I cant do it very long at a time before I mess up and have to quit. I also figure it is very good as therapy.
  7. Hi Jay, I think your Daughter thinks of you as a normal Dad, one who can still help. She doesn't think of you as a handicapped person that needs her pity. All in all I would have to say, good job. Now just ask her for a lift to the second hand stores so you can look for a table.
  8. I find that whenever I get sick my BS goes up. I am lucky never a double, but up 40-60 pts. I now can say, must be getting sick, and know I can't do anything more about it. Maybe just watch carbs more for a few days. Glad to hear this may be more common than just me. So often I feel I am singled out by health issues. Have a Great Day John
  9. Hi Janelle, Sorry to hear about you T2D. I remember when the doctor told me I was diabetic. I don't cry and pretty much broke down and was in complete shock. I didn't have any of the indications that you normally think of. But it doesn't matter, now you have it. If you want to reach out on any questions or what I do, etc, I'm willing to share. Just shoot me a note and I will get back soon. Just read everything you can about it. Try to understand just how different foods impact your BS levels. Your doctor may tell you to only test 1x a day. Do it more in the beginning so you can see how you flow through the day. I use the one-touch delica lancet since it has the thinnist needle and many times I don't even feel it. We all react differently to different things. Some stuff that will mess me up all day, you may not even notice. John In spite of all --- Have a Great Day!
  10. Hi Chris, Thanks for your service. As a fellow Vet, AF though, it's too bad you have to go through this knowing you are dealing with lowest bid mentality. Hope things are looking up for you now. John
  11. Hi Ray, Great job and thanks for sharing. I'm 1.5 years post stroke. You have given me hope that if I keep working at it, I too can see progress similar to yours. I was looking back over the last year myself and last April I was finally allowed to get on a treadmill. I could only walk at .5 mph for about 2 minutes. Now I can walk faster and up to 38 min. I have a white board mounted in front of my treadmill and I keep writing down my records and work to beat them. Now I will keep your wins in my mind to keep me motivated. Thanks much. Have a Great Day! John
  12. I agree with you, I vote the Stroke did it. Good job on getting license. I am not back to that point. My reflexes are too slow they tell me, maybe later. Have a Great Day!
  13. Hi TS, I'm not living with a lot a people much older than me. But I know what you mean. I'll go down to the Older Person's Center here and I'm usually the youngest by 20 years or so on avg. Some I really like to visit with but others are a PIA. Always critical about everything, with never a kind word for anyone. I leave the room too. Not sure what you issues are and limitations are, so have no ideas for you, but I think we all have those days. I'm kinda having one today. Just exhausted and too tired to really do anything. Hate those days. anyway, Have a Great Day! John
  14. Congrats on the 10,000 steps. I am working up to that goal to. I still want my goal to walk the Appalachian trail. Probably can't happen, but if you don't try..... Again, good job, Have a Great Day!
  15. Hi Smarshall, Thanks. My headaches, are more appropriately called my headache. As in 1. I always have it, over 1 1/2 years now. It only varies in intensity. Low, med, or high. Low in morning. The med or high after that. If I exert myself the headache go up. If the weather changes it is terrible. Can't go to sleep at night partly because of the hurt. Tried all the over the counter pain killers and some other things. Nothing helps yet. These pills are about $10 a month for me. But with the pain I am always having I would consider any amount to give me a normal day. Good luck on your garden. Hope you don't have deer, rabbits, or groundhogs nearby. Last year I did a little bit of gardeing in the yard. 2 tomato plants, and some zucchini. We got none. The deer ate all the blooms on everything. I did a little container gardening on our deck. And nothing ate it. I couldn't do much last summer. Only few months after stroke and had a lot of trouble, but it was nice to sit around the plants. Got tomatos, lettuce, eggplant, basil, brocolli, sage. Not like my bigger garden, but was achievable. I still need a lot of help in our garden so we will see how far I really get.