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  • Birthday 07/03/1943

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  1. Thanks for the tip. I checked and found that I had purchased this book on my Kindle some time ago, but never read it. I've begun now, and the author describes symptoms that are a bit like mine, but FAR more severe. I'll press on and see where it goes.
  2. Cool - after my stroke I was having problems with my left hand: I couldn't tell without looking which string I was on. Very frustrating, but eventually I overcame that.
  3. I have played guitar, mostly classical, for over 50 years. My stroke affected my ability to play, but over a few years I mostly recovered that. One thing I can't do any more is memorize new music. I can play stuff from memory that I learned 50 years ago, but I can't learn anything new - I'm a good sightreader and thus read almost everything I play now. If you take the sheet away I'm completely lost.
  4. Sounds like we both had the same synapses zapped! It's good to connect with someone who knows what I'm talking about - if you haven't experienced it you have no idea how unpleasant it can be. I'm still looking for the magic pill, but after all these years I'm starting to think there isn't one.
  5. One good simile I read somewhere is "...it is like seeing the world through somebody else's eyes." I don't think there's a pill for that.
  6. I had a brainstem embolism in 1995. My chance of survival was said to be about 5%, but miraculously I beat the odds. I have all my faculties, but am afflicted with left hemisensory syndrome (altered response to pain, heat and cold on left side), a form of vertigo (some imbalance and clumsiness, and a strong feeling of disorientation and disconnection from the environment) plus constant tinnitus and occasional bouts of nausea/queasiness. I have had the best of medical care all along (apart from failure of the first doctor I saw immediately after the stroke, who missed the diagnosis and caused me to be too late for successful intervention). Although I get through the days, and was able to complete my career and retire successfully, there has been, and is, no joy in my life. I never feel very well, and although I am not depressed (I had a period of severe depression when younger, and what I have now is nothing like that) I don't get much enjoyment from anything. My wife, bless her heart, has stayed with me even though I'm no fun to be with, so at least I have that to be thankful for. And, despite this gloom and doom, I have not lost my sense of humor. My experience has been a walk in the park compared to what others here have suffered, for which I'm grateful. But I wonder if my symptoms sound familiar to anyone here, and if anybody has been able to achieve any kind of improvement.
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