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  • Birthday 06/13/1963

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  1. cons2g

    Back when I was in my late 20's, I worked for two different temp agencies (kept me so busy that I could actually turn down some of the jobs they offered). One of my jobs was two weeks full time data entry at a collection agency that was switching all their accounts into a new computer system. This meant that every day I sat in a huge room, typing away, while all around me were bill collectors calling people about their delinquent accounts. I couldn't believe how rude they were! And when they were between phone calls, they'd laugh with their coworkers and make fun of the people they were calling (like what reasons people gave for not being able to pay their bills). I couldn't wait to get out of there. Near the end of the two weeks, the boss offered me a full-time permanent data entry position. I managed to be polite when I told him no, thank you. Augh! I understand they need to be firm when they call people, but that's not the same as being cruel or rude - not even close!
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    I second what Becky said - that's hysterical! I know it's been 6 months since you posted it, but it's still funny
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    I have to track a million different things for health and other reasons (blood sugar, meals, sleep times, etc.) and had post-it notes all over the house. It was so disorganized! Then I learned about bullet journaling - hallelujah!!! I also use a 2-page spread for each day, and it's been a lifesaver. What a great way for you to use the concept - I'm so thrilled your husband is responding to it. Give yourself a pat on the back for a genius idea! :-)
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    Since my stroke, I've become a fan of "low-stress" TV and movies. I can't always deal with the action, shoot-'em-up flicks; it's too much too fast and too loud. I turn the volume way down if I'm watching one of them. Otherwise, I like watching things like "The Andy Griffith Show" and old black and white movies, because they're much slower moving. I have trouble falling asleep at night unless I have something to focus my mind on (versus letting my mind race in circles, keeping me awake), and I've rigged up a Bluetooth speaker in the bedroom from my computer (in the living room) so I can listen to the movie "White Christmas" every night as I fall asleep. It's relatively slow moving (after the initial battle scene), and I've seen it so many times that I don't have to watch it on the screen while I listen. So I can understand why your husband may appreciate the sound off and repetition - both take WAY less brain energy to process, and that's relaxing (less stressful). Of course, I might be way off base, and he may have some other reason for what he's doing, but that's been my experience as a stroke patient.
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    Oh, okay, that's good to know, Benni. I do still feel a little weird letting them decide how much info I want to hand out, but at least everyone on the whole planet isn't snooping in :-)
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    "We have to learn to compensate for and sometimes just plain accept our limitations. Doesn't mean we have to like it, but getting upset is pointless. Having an emotional outburst and anger about some deficit isn't going to change anything, it is still there. Accept it for what it is and you can start to recover and find new ways to cope. Not better or worse, just different. Be that person your friends and acquaintances talk about because you never give up, not because you did." Scott, that is a beautiful quote! I feel inspired! (Hope you find your slide rule....)
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    Yes, I recently tried joining a Facebook support group, but the first comment I posted, they displayed my full name with it (didn't give me the option of changing that) so I was out of there. I don't want that much info on such a public forum, especially since (as I understand it, though I may be wrong) anyone with a FB page can search my name, and all my comments will pop up. I'd rather think my comments were private within a group of people who understand where I'm coming from (strokewise) and that I am the one to decide how much personal info I want to share with a group of strangers. (I stopped posting on my FB page when I realized that by talking to my friends about things like upcoming shows I was rehearsing, I was telling the whole world when my house would be empty and unguarded!)
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    Hi, I realize you asked this question about a month ago, but it probably doesn't hurt to hear it again: I had my stroke over two years ago, and I'm still improving. It's not as fast as the first few months, but it's definitely still happening. It's always exciting when I do something and think, "Oh, I couldn't do that before!" or when I think back to where I was six months or a year ago and realize how far I've come. And I've had stints in there when I just got tired of always working so hard and so I didn't really do any exercises or make much effort to try and improve, but then I'd get remotivated and start working again, and progress still happened. In one way, it's the same as it was before the stroke: If I decide to do the work, I'll see the progress. And, I have to agree with what someone else up above said: Make it fun and part of your everyday life, that's the easiest way to keep working on it. A lot of what I want to improve IS part of everyday life, so just practicing what I want to do can help make it better. Or sometimes it's an unexpected discovery, like when I went to the bowling alley with my family. I can't begin to bowl (though I love doing it), but I can lean against a pool table and shoot pool with my nephew! I'm terrible at pool because I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm having a great time playing with my nephew :-) while I work on balance, stamina, bending and straightening, controlled arm movements, walking around the table, looking up instead of at my feet, etc. Doesn't even feel like work!
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