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  1. jwalt

    Kelli, Thanks for the info. I tend to get depressed when the darker months arrive. You all give good advice. I'm going to look into a light to help push away the darkness and dreariness. Thanks again, James.
  2. jwalt

    All is well at my abode. Just seems like so much going on in the rest of my world that I just skim. the posts here and then move on. And that is not good for. me or. for this site. I'll do better and thanks for the reminder. James
  3. jwalt

    I think it is starting to become evident that Covid is not a dash but is instead, a marathon. I don't expect much change for another year. And then, it won't be going back to the old "normal", but instead to some kind of "new normal". I'm coming up on my 80th year and it doesn't seem I'll ever see the end of Covid. With the stroke, heart surgery, and a few other ailments, I do wear a mask. You folks - keep yourselves safe.
  4. ebjb After stroke and heart surgery, I also ended up with Afib. I had many side effects. from the Flecainide, Amiodorone etc. but; headaches were not part of it. I would suspect your medication; but, that's just because of my personal experience. Hopefully the medic wil be able to pin it down. Good Luck. James
  5. Thea, You are right and I did misunderstand the reason for your anger and resentment. It must be very hard to handle the idea that your husband's stroke could have been avoided. Unfortunately doctors are not infallible. "Oh buckets" indeed.!!! I'm afraid I'm not qualified to deal with the anger and resentment you are feeling toward that PCP. Speech therapy is something I had to deal with. I got my best results by singing (by myself and where I couldn't be heard by others). Pick a song he is already familiar with and let the repetition begin. So sorry you and your husb
  6. Thea, Just know that everything you are feeling is real and must be dealt with. You are a victim (or survivor) of your husbands stroke just as he is. He didn't ask for it and neither did you. Your whole world has been turned upside down. Having said that, I must add one caution, and that is to deal with the anger and resentment the best you can. You can't have much effect on the stroke happening but you can have an effect on the anger and resentment. And you will have to do that while carrying a very heavy load as a caregiver. You do still exist as a person - a very valuable and
  7. jwalt

    So! Sometimes I am too chicken to monkey around. and Sometimes my chicken goes cold turkey when my monkey turns Ape. And just the thought of zip ties can cool the ardor. My wife and I are trying different things and some of them are working, so mostly good news. At least I have the pseudo Bulbar affect to blame if there is crying. Love ya all!!!
  8. Actually the "lumbering along" is descriptive of the fact I am not following a controlled diet, the way I used to do. I was at one time very strict with myself over food choices and amounts. Presently, I am careful but not nearly as strict as before.
  9. leolady, Hopefully some of our people who are dealing with diabetes and stroke recovery will weigh in on your questions. My diabetes and stroke recovery are lumbering along and I have not needed any of the new medications. All I can say is - stay in touch with your Doctor. It must have been a fearful experience to end up on the floor in your kitchen. I think it is very important to determine the cause of your fainting. Good luck in your battle. James
  10. jwalt

    I can't believe that I am discussing this subject on this site and I am comfortable doing so. Just goes to show the trust and caring shown by the people on the site. Several who have responded to this subject have acknowledged to having problems with their intimacy and that makes me less bothered about my situation. Thanks to all.
  11. jwalt

    Kelli, No, you are not off base. Your advice is good and warrants another try by me and mine. Maybe that pink bunny, banging the drum is a new normal? James
  12. jwalt

    Renzo, Welcome to the group. Hope you find all these folks as helpful as I have. James
  13. jwalt

    👩‍❤️‍👨This may be a race that I'm going to lose. The other runner just does not show up at race time. I hate not having the sexual companionship but also hate what it does to my self image and confidence. I'm not sure how to "move on". Most other areas such as how I walk, how I talk, how I look - I can just accept the status quo and move on; but this sexual area seems to keep coming back and challenging me. But I guess there is another way to look at it -- If you are the only one running and you still can run alone, you will win every race.😜
  14. jwalt

    My wife and I are both 79 and both have some health issues. Timing is always a problem. The times when I am up for it, she is feeling poorly or has an injury and vice-versa. The times when we are both in good shape, we usually do things with family or friends and by the time we get home, we are just too tired. I think Paul has it right that you just have to keep trying until you get it right. Just keep on keeping on.
  15. PennGwyn, Sounds like you have a Doctor who is interested in making you the best you can be. Congrats on finding something that works. I find your motto interesting and I can identify with it as well. As I get farther along in my stroke and heart operation recovery, I'm going to have to pay more attention to my diabetes. So it is really helpful to hear of treatments that have shown such promise. James