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  • Birthday 10/17/1940

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  1. jwalt

    GreenQueen, Can't speak to your specific problem but this seems like another one of those things that if we were at 100 percent, wouldn't be too bad. But we are not at 100 percent so everything is a hassle. Hope you can get it taken care of and continue your getting better and better. You are always fast to respond when others have problems so maybe some of those good vibes you have sent out will find their way back to you. Good luck. James
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    Hello Ruby, I just joined this site recently and have already found loads of help from knowledgeable and caring people. So, welcome from another newbie. James
  3. Deigh, Heather, and Janelle, Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughts. Today is a new day and I have a "new normal". I slept in this morning and got really rested. By the way Deigh, great new picture. "How far I've come and not How far I have to go" really fits in well with my" new normal". I made the mistake yesterday of comparing with one year ago, when I could still jog, work a full day or dance a jig. If I compare with my, more recent, self, I can find things to be happy about. And Janelle I can so identify with your "watching my shadow". and Heather, I thought I would never want to see those videos again; but, your suggestion to watch them later to see improvements is a great idea. Thanks again for weathering my "Poor Me" "Poor Me" rant and coming back with ideas that will really help. James
  4. I have been fairly happy with my progress. My family and friends have told me I am looking good and doing well and even though I knew they. were biased, I bought in on the idea. Today I got a rude awakening. My wife and I were touring a new apartment complex being built for "independent seniors". My wife was taking video and recording parts of our tour. Just now I was going through the videos and found several of me. I heard a voice that was slurred and hard to understand. I saw a guy (me) who walked slowly and unsteady. I saw someone who was well below my self perception of me. Guess I'll be doing the "poor me" "poor me" for a few days. I thought I had built a pretty good barrier against depression but that video tore it down. I'm trying to turn this around and make it my motivation to work harder on my therapy - and it may work sometime, but it hasn't yet. Thanks for letting me vent! James
  5. This forum is so great, because the members seem to all be on the same journey. I feel like others understand what I am saying and even what I am thinking. Thanks to you all for reading between the lines. and for caring!!! James alias jwalt.
  6. Heather, You have given some excellent advice for us all. I realize now that when I am tired and my speech becomes slow and slurred, I have tended to stop speaking so others won't hear my problem. I need to keep speaking , and not worry what others think, so I can improve my abilities. Worrying about others or what others think of us, is not productive. Jwalt
  7. GQ, I'll check out "no pong" but until then I have a new tactic - - Don't do anything that makes me sweat!!!
  8. GreenQueen, If you keep trying, I'm sure you will discover the willpower. I think we all have our demons for which our normal level of willpower doesn't work. Keep up the fight! You know You're worth it. Jwalt
  9. My wife of 61 years, is beautiful, sexy, smart and tough as an old boot. It seems to work for us. She has done a great job taking care of me since my stroke/heart problems. Her way to motivate me is to simply "expect and assume that I will do it". And if I possibly can - I do. James
  10. Paul, There is an old western saying. to the effect that: "It is not so important to know what. a dish being served is called, but it is really important. to be able to know what it was called before it became food". I also grew up on a farm. The only food I really have a hard time eating is mutton - it makes me deathly ill - some kind of allergic reaction. I grew up in Colorado so most of our meat was wild. game. People now ask why I do the cooking in our family and my wife replies, "because he gets hungry!" Jwalt
  11. elands, Wow, you have just described how I feel often. The hyperbaric sessions sound interesting. Hope they help you. I have read in your other posts the efforts you have made to be able to use your guitar. I salute your effort and your attitude. Hope I can do as well as things progress. Thanks for the advice - i.e.: get out and do things!!! Jwalt
  12. I couldn't agree more, Heather. Cooking for yourself can become a pain. But it helps us know exactly what It is we are. swallowing. Your statement now makes me wonder if my taste problems were just the medicine or also part of the "altered perception" from the stroke. Once again, you have given me something to consider. Thank you!!!
  13. A new day and a new set of spoons, I'm off and running (well walking fast) anyway. Heather, - good idea about saving one spoon.
  14. Paul and smith, "Spoons" seems like an easy way to address a more complex situation. I'm all for that. Since I am still dealing with some heart problems, I'll have to factor that into my "spoons". Just caught myself staring at this screen for about five minutes without typing -- think I may be out of todays spoons. Thanks to all!!
  15. Heather, I probably shouldn't take much credit for weight control because some of the heart medicine made all food taste bad. I had to force myself to eat. Even water tasted bad. I will have to be more careful now since I'm off that medicine and food tastes good again. Your motto is great. jwalt