SarahR

Stroke Caregiver - female
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About SarahR

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  • Birthday 06/30/1948

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  • Stroke Anniversary (first stroke)
    06-01-2004
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    Sarah
  • State
    AZ

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  1. SarahR

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Wanted to take a few minutes to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ....it's been a really tough year for everyone around the world, and we can only hope the New Year brings better days for all of us. I chose to decorate the tree I had purchased at half price after last Christmas - it was a 9 ft. Balsam Hill tree and I couldn't just let it sit in the box in the garage, even though Gary passed away in Feb. (which we are now sure was from COVID-19). Christmas was always his favorite time of the year - especially eating the Christmas goodies! 🙂 The oldest son,
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    Merry Christmas to you and your family.....will be a quiet one here with just the oldest son, Vince and I. sarah
  3. SarahR

    Melting in Arizona

    It's been sweltering hot this past week - shattered records two days in a row hitting 118 and then 116 the following day....cooling off a bit this weekend - maybe 112 today.... I've been spending a lot of time (mostly early morning or late evening) in the pool and occasionally have to toss the dogs in to cool them off. 🙂 I've been staying home pretty much, aside from occasional trip to store for milk and quick stop at local restaurant to sit back in my corner and order breakfast or lunch. COVID numbers have been mostly up - but may be coming down a bit now. Newsflash for T
  4. SarahR

    So glad things are going well with Dan at home and you are able to travel with him. Hope the remodel goes well and makes life easier for the both of you. Keep cool........ Sarah
  5. SarahR

    Mini Memorial

    I traveled to Colorado last week for a mini memorial, celebration on what would have been Gary's 73rd birthday. His former caregiver, Carmen, who came up from San Diego to go with me helped with most of the driving as it was a long trip. We didn't make it all the way through NM without a stop, but nobody insisted we have to quarantine for 14 days (even though the signs along highway in Albuquerque were stating that all visitors must quarantine). We weren't really visitors there, just passing through - only stopped for gas and a sleepover along the way and always wore our masks outside of t
  6. SarahR

    Had a large dead toad at the stop sign by our side street the other day ----so far nobody has "toad" him away! lol Sarah
  7. One never knows the complexity of someone's mental state at such a time. I still question 4 years later if there was anything I could have done for my youngest son to keep him here, or whether I should have seen signs. I honestly believe most are not in their right state of mind at the time. Sarah
  8. SarahR

    Missed Anniversary

    Here it is the middle of June already, and I just realized that Gary's stroke anniversary came and went on June 1 and I totally forgot about it - maybe because he passed away in February, we're still dealing with the Coronavirus, and so much more in the news. June 1 would have been his 16th stroke anniversary........but he only survived 15 years and 8 months following that devastating brain stem stroke in 2004. I'll bet his Doctors from back then would be shocked and amazed that he lived that long after telling me he might not live six months; and it would have been even less than that ha
  9. SarahR

    Prepared for Isolation

    I've had a lot of friends and family checking on me via phone since Gary passed away.....some are worried that being isolated from everyone with this Pandemic right now might be a bit much for me. I've been telling them all "I was probably better prepared for this isolation than most." I spent 15 yr. 8 months taking care of Gary at home after his massive brain stem stroke in 2004. It wasn't easy traveling with him, and I usually only got out a couple hours a week when I had a caregiver to sit with him. It was usually just him, me and the pups anyhow - not like we had a lot of friends or
  10. SarahR

    I'm sure you both feel more comfortable with him at home.....and he likely is thrilled to be able to spend more time with you during this lockdown. I can't even imagine how fearful he is of this virus as I know Gary would have absolutely freaked out over it. I hope you are doing okay and taking care of yourself also. Sarah
  11. SarahR

    Keeping Busy

    I can't believe it's been a month since Gary's passing, but it certainly has been a busy month. At times I felt overwhelmed with all the paperwork and phone calls, but got most of it under control now. It seems I'm the only one who was efficient and organized, so a lot of things were "hurry up and wait." I was told by the local Social Security office "It all takes time, don't get ahead of us. You're just one person and we deal with millions on a daily basis." Good to know I'm nothing more than the tiny flea on an elephant's *beep*. They deposited Gary's January social security into ou
  12. SarahR

    Sue, I'm so happy for you that you were able to do this cruise. I'm also glad that you are home again safe and sound and free from the coronavirus. I look forward to being able to do a cruise again some day, but for now I'm still tied up in paperwork and travels, even within the US, are not in the works until I make the trip back to Colorado to have a Celebration of Life service for Gary in early June. Hope your surgery goes well and you get to do more travels ....maybe we can meet up again for another adventure! Sarah
  13. SarahR

    thank you all for your kind words ....Gary is in a better place now and I am at peace with that. He is flying high with the angels and is reunited with our youngest son. I am slowly getting over the bronchitis - doc put me on steroids and other meds for a week and I go back for a follow-up on Thursday of this week. Dogs are hanging on me when I'm sitting in recliner. They require more attention now as they too miss him dearly!! Sarah
  14. SarahR

    Heavy Heart

    It is with a heavy heart that I felt the need to inform friends from the stroke network that after having a massive brainstem stroke 15 years and 8 months ago, our beloved Gary passed away in his sleep last night after a short bout with flu like symptoms. Memorial services will take place later in the spring in Colorado - for now I can't think straight and in much need of a nap. Sarah
  15. SarahR

    I'm happy for you that you can sing.....I've never been able to carry a tune ...can't sing or hum on key...lol Good that you will have Trevor and Alice there for a visit, and you're safe from the fires. Been seeing the horrible pictures of the devastating fires........so sad!! Sarah