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  1. alansd

    what do you attribute the breakhrough to?
  2. I take and have taken a number of online courses, mostly free, and that gives me something else to work on besides my recovery. I am taking a Genesis class noe form hillsdale college that is very good. Also free. coursera is a good source for college classes that are free or inexpensive. Reading my bible and religious texts are keeping me in good spirits also, I am reading the Golden Bough, by Fraser written in the 1890s about early religion and folklore that led to religions if today. Interesting stuff. Point is that keeping my mind on other things takes it off the recovery process for a bit, which is so hard and stressful. I know my health is good and the chances of another episode are small if me. Thank God .
  3. So true, at my gym I see the same people who will ask how I'm doing. I say getting there but slowly, truth is this sucks and I am holding on until it's better, no matter how long it takes.
  4. alansd


    I used CBd for. months until it ran out. then a buddy who is a 3time heart attack survivor, told me he used hemp,oil which works great for him. Since it's more available and cheaper I bought a bottle if the hemp seed oil.he also said to use a full dropper or two under the tongue.. i tried it today and noticed a significant feeling of wll being and lower pain in general within 30 minutes. Still feeling it 4 hours later. No high . But good stuff.
  5. alansd

    high carb low nutritional foods like bagels will make you hungry again quickly.If he could eat fats and protein, like eggs and bacon, he would not be hungy so soon after, Maybe drinking an Atkins shake instead of eating another meal?
  6. alansd

    great going..gait is a good thing to control. I wish I could
  7. alansd

    Good answers. My accupuncturist is also doing specific frequency micro current, which is a very old but effective treatment for many issues. Hopefully it will help my wrist and hand . The cold to hot idea is interesting. Thanks
  8. If your leg( orArm) came back to full use or close, did it happen slowly improving a little at a time or did it suddenly begin to respond normally?my left leg is still hypertonic , but getting slowly better, the use of complex movement.. neuro chiropractor homework the arm is stronger from steady strength training, just beginning the complex movement cycle.
  9. i see some small improvements often..my chiropractor gave me exercises for my affected leg which seem to help, but are tough. I get down on the floor to stretch which is very helpful and gets easier the more I try, but I still get frustrated and feel like" why me?" You cant help that. The brain controls emotions and the brain is just not the same..hopefully it will get to be someday though.
  10. alansd

    thanks all for the comments, I try to do something positive every day, it may just be lunch with a friend, but it makes the day more worthwhile
  11. alansd

    2 years in, left arm and leg not very usable. Able to walk with and without a cane, just not very far, left hand can hold things, like bottles to be opened, and exercise equipment, but arm and wrist are not functioning. Some fatigue, but not bad enough to keep me from activity.
  12. alansd

    keep it coming, friends
  13. What questions would you have liked to hear from a support person while you were hospitalized? I need to mold my approach. Taking classes now to start visits in a few weeks. i want to be encouraging empathetic and helpful without being invasive and of course not violating hiipa.
  14. alansd

    two years on

    I just recently reached two years since my stroke. I have come quite a way in recovery, but not yet satisfied.I have explored and used many devices, programs, exercises, OT and PT, and all this has contributed to my present state of ability.I often hear"you look great" Or" you are doing well." But people don't see the daily struggle to do simple life tasks, and how hard it is to stay motivated to progress. I go to a gym....LA Fitness, every other day, on a regimen.When I first went a year ago,it was very hard to do any exercise machine.Now i do all the machines. It helps my strength, attitude and I meet so many people there,it is very motivating. Ive just begun to use my left ( affected) arm to use 4 different machines. I can hold the handle with my hand, sometimes aided at grabbing it with my right . I am pulling a weighted pully across my body both left and right and then up and down.My shoulder has improved, and my elbow gained flexibility. Still, I only use 3 to 5 pounds.I will add weight when I can.What is gratifying is that I can get down on the floor and do stretches.I am able to get down and back up on my own, sometimes painful, but tolerable.It truly helps my back and overall feeling to do this. What ia new is my volunteering as a stroke peer helper at our very large local hospital.This is just beginning, and I have a bit more training to attend, though i have done some already. I am a bit nervous about my mental-emotional stability when I meet someone who is experiencing all the effects, and might have the pseudo-bulbar affect in full swing,I surely don't want to join them in a crying jag. All in all I deal with each day and what it brings,always optimistic and seeking some recovery I might see, that is too subtle for anyone else to notice. Its great to be alive. I add prayers every day for full recovery and healing. Ive been led to many thing by listening to people I have met, and showing genuiness and thankfulness.I now do acupuncture once weekly which came about from a chance meeting.In the past months I had an opportunity to participate in a college clinical trial, and use a Saebo flex glove,as well as try a hyper-baric chamber for a month. .
  15. alansd

    i often feel like my speech is odd, but I am told it is fine,I think its the feeling in my mouth that is off.