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  1. BadgerSteve

    Great to hear Paul. I commend you and your spouse for working through it together. May not always work, but at least you will always know you tried. Having just exited a 25 year relationship (21 of it married), I can tell you that being more assertive and more definitive will help. Getting out for date nights where you can connect and talk is key. My ex and I did not do enough of that. Be careful of ignoring the deficits. Maybe its just word choice and my interpretation. I always prefer to put it in a more forward thinking light. Instead, I'd say to remember the strengths and focus on them." Feel grateful and gratitude that you have those strengths and always look for ways to bring them to the fore, and when you are feeling frustrated or disappointed, knowing those strengths are there will help pick you up. Best of luck! You can do this. Cheers!
  2. BadgerSteve

    That's really terrific to hear Mike! So happy for you. And kudos to your employers for giving you the chance to show them you can still contribute in a meaningful way. I am certain you will be terrific! Cheers!
  3. BadgerSteve

    Hello Mike. Thanks for reaching out in the other post. Just went in to read more about you. Hope your employer was able to figure something out for you. Yes, it sucks to lose your job to something like that, especially something you enjoyed. I can understand your fear of reoccurrence. Definitely was a big fear of mine in year 1, but now over seven years in I can tell you that fear is long in the past. Glad to hear you are making different life choices. Keep it up. I changed some habits too, but not without a lot of hard work and commitment. Best decision I ever made and I'm probably in the best shape of my life at 50 than I've been in the last twenty-five years. Let me know when you're down in the area. Love to chat. Cheers!
  4. BadgerSteve

    Thanks Tarina. We feel the same way here in WI. Appreciate your encouragement. I will do my best.
  5. BadgerSteve

    Thanks Paul for the response. I see how it may not have resulted in a different outcome in your case. I appreciate you sharing your story. Quite scary indeed, but great to know you survived and based on what I've seen out here, continue to heal. Keep going. You can do it!
  6. BadgerSteve

    Thanks Kelli. I do not disagree. And I offer no criticism in hindsight. Just curious because I am considering promoting legislation to require training of EMTs and dispatchers to what the different levels of stroke care that exist at local hospitals, so that those seemingly suffering a stroke can get to a hospital that is better equipped to diagnose and treat a stroke, reducing the risk of misdiagnosis or adding to time for treatment that can take someone who would otherwise survive with few deficits to someone who has to struggle with many deficits unnecessarily. I hear far too many of these stories and I believe with the proper knowledge these types of situations can be avoided.
  7. BadgerSteve

    Paul, Just curious. Did you go to the hospital in an ambulance? Did you or your wife choose to go to the ER you were taken to? Or were you taken there at random? Did the EMTs in the ambulance think you were having a stroke when you were en route to the hospital?
  8. BadgerSteve

    Thanks for introducing yourself and welcoming me, Kelli.
  9. BadgerSteve

    Good morning Jan. Sorry to hear that you continue to experience challenges that you have yet to overcome. I know how frustrating that can be. I have completely lost my eyesight in my right eye with zero chance of recovery- the optic nerve is dead. Not sure I can give advice without knowing what you want to learn/understand. But reach out to me if you have specific questions and I'll do my best to offer my perspective. Otherwise my only advice at this point is to....Keep working hard to recover. Our brains and bodies have an amazing capacity to heal and cope. And there are so many near and dear to us who want us to be there for them. Keep smiling! Have a terrific Thanksgiving.
  10. BadgerSteve

    Thanks everyone for your kind welcome. we have so much to be thankful for this week.
  11. BadgerSteve

    I am based out of Middleton, Wi, just outside of Madison. Happy to get together with any Survivors to chat, share notes, offer support. Here's a link to my newbie post if you'd like to learn more about my story.
  12. Hello All. My name is Steve. I had a right-side ischemic stroke in July 2011 at the age of 42, thanks to a clot in my carotid artery. I was in the Neuro ICU for a week and in the step-down Neuro unit at UW Hospital in Madison, WI, a stroke center of excellence. Luckily I live 15 minutes from the hospital and received care quickly. I experienced balance issues and left-side weakness as a result of my stroke. The day before I was hospitalized I experienced blurry vision and a splitting headache at work. Thinking it might be a migraine, I left for home to grab an aspirin, take a nap and rest. Upon waking I did not feel better, although my vision improved. I picked up my daughter at summer day camp and went swimming with her. Powered through dinner and then early to bed. Awoke feeling crummy the next morning. Made my daughter breakfast and then started to fold laundry. I could not figure out how to fold a towel. My wife at the time then called to me and I was not responsive (nothing new, LOL). She came closer and was able to catch my attention. As I turned to her my left side went out and I collapsed to the floor. I was able to begin driving again after 4-6 weeks, return to work part-time after 8 weeks, and return full-time at 16 weeks, although my return to work full-time ended that first day with a trip back to the hospital in an ambulance. I was deemed fine after some observation and was allowed to return back to work a week later. My employer was fantastic in reincorporating me to the workplace, and I was back to full productivity relatively quickly. Today, I own my own business. I volunteer speaking to Stroke survivors at UW Hospital, and am active in the local AHA/ASA chapter. My stroke was a total surprise. No genetic issues, no prior family history, no issues with BP/cholesterol/heart, not a smoker nor big drinker nor drug user. I'd tell other new Survivors that recovery is possible. Its going to take time; you're running a marathon to recover; its not a sprint. Be patient with yourself and caregivers. Just focus on what you can do, and don't get hung up on what you can't do. And take time to journal what you are able to do day-to-day. Its something you can go back to to assess your progress and provide encouragement when you're feeling down. Happy to answer any questions you may have. Looking forward to the conversation out here. Cheers!
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  14. Welcome to StrokeNet. Please feel free to browse around and then introduce yourself by posting in the the Newbie Stroke Survivor or Stroke Caregiver Introduction forum.  After that, post your question in the applicable forum and others will reply.  You will quickly get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.