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marlen

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About marlen

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  • Birthday 04/12/1940

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  • Stroke Anniversary (first stroke)
    01-13-2004
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    Marty
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  1. Happy Anniversary marlen!

  2. Happy Anniversary marlen!

  3. Happy Birthday

  4. marlen

    FIRST BLOG OF 2008

    WE'LL, IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK AMONG FELLOW STROKE FRIENDS. I'LL CONDENSE 2+ MONTHS AS BEST I CAN. WE SPENT JANUARY IN PALM COAST, FLORIDA AGAIN. THE WEATHER WAS BEAUTIFUL, SO I COULD GO IN THE POOL ALMOST EVERY DAY TO EXERCISE. THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IS THE PITS. LAST YEAR WE HAD A TWO BEDROOM CONDO OVERLOOKING A POND. YHIS YEAR WE HAD A THREE BEDROOM CONDO OVERLOOKING THE INTER-COASTAL, AND IT WAS $500 DOLLARS LESS. GOOD THING, BECAUSE WE HAD LOTS OF COMPANY. fEBRUARY WAS THE BEST. WE SPENT 4 WEEKS IN DISNEYWORLD. MY SON, WHO REMAINS IN THE WILL, GOT US A DEAL AT TWO DIFFERENT HOTELS, 2 WEEKS IN PORT ORLEANS, AND 2 WEEKS AT CARRIBEAN BEACH. MY WIFE AND I SURVIVED BEING IN ONE ROOM WITH ONE BATHROOM FOR TWENTY NINE DAYS. I TOLD HER SHE COULD USE THE BATHROOM ON THE EVEN DAYS, BUT AFTER THE FIRST DAY SHE STARTED TO WALK FUNNY, SO I THOUGHT WE JUST BETTER SHARE. WE WENT INTO EACH PARK TWICE DURING THE MONTH. I WALKED SO MUCH, I WAS 5'11" WHEN I LEFT HOME AND RETURNED 5'4" TALL. I WORE MY LEGS DOWN. WE MET A LOT OF PEOPLE AND HAD THE BEST TIME. IF I DON'T SEE ANOTHER KID BESIDE MY OWN GRANDCHILDREN FOR SIX MONTHS, I'LL BE FINE. BY THE WAY, MY LITTLE GUY FROM KOREA IS DOING JUST GREAT. WE SPENT TIME WITH MY SON'S FAMILY AS THEY CAME OVER TO SWIM EVERY WEEKEND. PERFECT WEATHER AND WE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME, I TOLD MY SON TO WATCH FOR SPECIALS FOR NEXT YEAR. WE WANT TO DO IT AGAIN. ALSO, MY DAUGHTER AND FAMILY CAME DOWN THE THIRD WEEKEND IN FEB. THE WHOLE FAMILY WENT TO THE WATER PARK FOR THE DAY AND HAD A BLAST. THE FIRST WEEK IN MARCH WE WERE IN WEST PALM BEACH, SEEING FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. ANOTHER GOOD TIME. THE TRIPS TO FLORIDA AND BACK TO INDIANA WERE WITHOUT PROBLEMS, THANK GOODNESS. DID I GET A TAN? OF COURSE. WE HAD WONDERFUL MEALS. WE HAD A REFRIGERATOR IN THE ROOM SO WE HAD OUR CEREAL FOR BREAKFAST. THE FOOD AT DISNEY HAS REALLY IMPROVED, SO WE AT IN THE FOOD COURTS A LOT. TASTY AND REASONABLE. IN THE TIME WE WERE GONE, I PUT ON ONE POUND AND MY WIFE STAYED THE SAME. I HAD THE EXTRA ICE CREAM ON A STICK ONE DAY. NO MOVIES, NO PICTURES, NO MORE. MARTY
  5. marlen

    thank you........................tra la la la la la la la la! :ChristmasTree:
  6. marlen

    so long for a while

    RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS, WE ARE HEADING TO FLORIDA. A MONTH IN PALM COAST, THEN WE'RE OFF TO ORLANDO FOR FEBRUARY. THANKS TO THE FRINGE BENEFIT OF HAVING MY SON WORK FOR DISNEY, WE ARE STAYING AT DISNEYWORLD FOR THE MONTH. THIS WILL BE A REAL TEST; MY WIFE AND I IN ONE ROOM FOR 28 DAYS. THANK GOODNESS IT'S A SHORT MONTH. I GET THE BATHROOM ON THE EVEN DAYS. THEN WE WILL WONDER BACK SLOWLY, VERY SLOWLY IF IT'S STILL NASTY UP HERE SO, BEST WISHES FOR THE COMING YEAR. SEE YOU IN THE SPRING. MARTY :Clap-Hands:
  7. marlen

    I GOTTA JOB

    SUNDAY NIGHT, WE ATTENDED A NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS PARTY. WE WALK A LOT, AND EVEN THOUGH WE LIVE IN AN APARTMENT, WE MET A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORING HOUSES. ANYHOW, I WAS TALKING TO A LOVELY YOUNG LADY WHO IS THE MARKETING VP FOR THE HOSPITAL LOCATED IN THE TOWN WHERE I HAVE MY AQUATIC CLASSES. THE HOSPITAL IS EMPHASIZING STROKE CARE AND IS GOING ALL OUT IN THIS AREA. I TOLD HER HOW I TRIED TO DO VOLUNTEER WORK WHERE I WAS TREATED, BUT NEVER GOT CALLED. SO I WAS TOLD TO REPORT FOR DUTY WHEN I RETURN FROM FLORIDA. I WILL BE VISITING WITH SURVIVORS AND CAREGIVERS TO RELATE MY RECOVERY EXPERIENCES, ENCOURAGE THEM AND TRY TO INJECT A LITTLE HUMOR (THIS WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR ME). I'M NOT TOO EXCITED YET BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. THE NEUROLOGIST IN CHARGE OF THIS IS THE ONE WHO MIS-DIAGNOSED ME THE FIRST TIME I HAD A MINI STROKE. HE WON'T REMEMBER ME. AT LEAST THE WHOLE THING IS ENCOURAGING. MARTY :santasmiley:
  8. marlen

    MY AQUATIC CLASS

    WELL, IT'S BEEN THREE AND A HALF YEARS SINCE I BEGAN SINCE MY ROAD TO RECOVERY IN WATER. AND IT'S BEEN A GOD-SEND. THERE WERE 15 WOMEN AND 2 MALES IN THE ORIGINAL CLASS AND THEY ARE ALL STILL THERE. ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO WE ADDED ANOTHER 12 WOMEN BECAUSE A NEIGHBORING YMCA CLOSED DOWN. I WAS AFRAID I WOULD HAVE TO DROP OUT OF THE CLASS BECAUSE THE ESTROGEN LEVEL IN THE POOL BEGAN TO RISE. BUT, ALL IS WELL. WE HAD OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY LAST TUESDAY AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME. WE ARE ALL VERY CLOSE, INCLUDING THE NEW MEMBERS. I'M GOING TO MISS THE GROUP WHEN I HEAD SOUTH IN A FEW WEEKS. LAST WEEK , I WAS NOTIFIED I HAD BEEN NOMINATED BY MY INSRUCTOR AND THE Y FOR "ARTHRITIS PARTICIPANT OF THE YEAR". I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS MEANS OR IF THE PRIZE APPROACHES $1,000,000. WHATEVER IT IS, IT'S AN HONOR TO BE RECOGNIZED AS SOMEONE WHO HAS MADE PROGRESS. CONSIDERING I HAD VIRTUALLY NO MOVEMENT IN MY ARM AND FINGERS WHEN I BEGAN, AND MY WALKING AND BALANCE LEFT A LOT TO BE DESIRED, I FEEL GREAT. I DO HAVE ARTHRITIS, BUT THE WATER MAKES THE PAIN DISAPPEAR TOO. HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THIS CLASS, MY INSTRUCTOR AND MY FELLOW WATER BUDDIES, I HATE TO THINK WHERE I WOULD BE TODAY. THEY DESERVE THE AWARD. MARTY :santahat:
  9. OK, I GET TO REPEAT MY SOAPBOX ADVICE EVERY SIX MONTHS, AND THIS TIME YOU'RE THE LUCKY WINNER. I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE ONLY, SO HERE GOES. LIN SAID MY FAVORITE WORD; "WATER". I WENT TO THERAPY FOR FOUR MONTHS AFTER I LEFT THE HOSPITAL IN JAN. 2004. MY THERAPISTS FILLED OUT THE NEATEST AND DETAILED FORMS TO GET THEIR MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT. WHEN THE INSURANCE RAN OUT, I ENROLLED IN AN ARTHRITIS CLASS AT THE YMCA. THE EXERCISES WERE EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO GET MY ARMS, FINGERS, LEGS, FEET, AND BALANCE WORKING. THREE DAYS A WEEK, ONE HOUR A DAY, AND AFTER THREE AND A HALF YEARS, I STILL GO. I'M 85% RECOVERED. I DRIVE ALL OVER, I WALK, I DON'T FALL ANYMORE, AND I HAVE A QUALITY OF LIFE I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE AGAIN. I REQUESTED WATER FOR MY COFFIN SO I CAN CONTINUE EXERCISING WHEN THE TIME COMES. IT'S A NEVER ENDING JOB. MARTY :santasmiley:
  10. marlen

    THANKZ GIRLS. I LOVE YOU ALL. MARTY :bouncing_off_wall:
  11. WELL. IT'S ALL CLEAR. ALL TESTS ARE NEGATIVE. TOMORROW SHE GOES FOR AN OIL CHANGE, LUBE, FRONT END ALIGNMENT AND TUNE-UP. THIS SHOULD MAKE HER GOOD FOR ANOTHER 3000 MILES. NOW I DON'T HAVE TO ELIMINATE THE OLD GIRL. WE CAN GO SOUTH AND SHE CAN ENJOY HERSELF WORRY-FREE. HALLELUYAH!! MARTY :big_grin:
  12. marlen

    LOCK LILY UP OR I'M GOING TO KIDNAP HER MARTY
  13. marlen

    WHAT A DRIVE!

    FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS AFTER THE STROKE, I COULDN'T DRIVE BECAUSE MY LEFT ARM WOULD NOT REACH FAR ENOUGH TO THE TURN SIGNAL LEVEL. AND TRYING TO THROW COINS IN A TOLL BOOTH BASKET WAS A CHALLANGE IN ITSELF. NOW I'VE DRIVEN ALL OVER THE PAST THREE AND A HALF YEARS, AND NEVER HAS MY WIFE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT MY DRIVING. YESTERDAY WAS OUR GRANDSON'S 9TH BIRTHDAY, AND AS PLANNED, WE DROVE THE ONE AND A HALF HOURS TO A RESTAURANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH HIM AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY. WE ALSO WANTED TO DELIVER THE PRESENTS TO HIM. THE WEATHER FORCAST WAS FOR SNOW. RAIN AND FREEZING RAIN TO BEGIN AT 2PM. WE SAT DOWN AT NOON FOR LUNCH AND DECIDED TO LEAVE FOR HOME AFTER EATING. AS THE FOOD ARRIVED, SO DID THE STORM AT 12:30. WE FINISHED EATING AND IMMEDIATELY GOT ON THE ROAD. IT WAS BAD. WE PASSED AT LEAST A DOZEN ACCIDENTS ON THE WAY HOME. IT WAS A LONG, SLOW RIDE . WHEN WE PULLED INTO THE GARAGE, MY WIFE WHO HAS RIDDEN WITH ME FOR OVER 50 YEARS, SAID FOR THE FIRST TIME, "GEE, YOU'RE A GOOD DRIVER". I DIDN'T HAVE THE HEART TO TELL HER MY PANTS WERE WET. MARTY :i_did_it!:
  14. marlen

    WELL KIDS, THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS AND KIND WISHES. TWO OF THE THREE TESTS CAME BACK NEGATIVE, SO WE ANTICIPATE EVERYTHING IS OK. OR AS I TOLD MY WIFE, IF SHE GETS SICK, I'LL KILL HER. I'M WAITING TO FIND OUT IF DREW PETERSON GETS AWAY WITH MURDER, SO I HAVE AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW. TO THE FBI: IF YOU'RE READING THIS, I'M JUST KIDDING. HONEST, JUST KIDDING. REALLY, JUST KIDDING. MARTY :big_grin:
  15. marlen

    KIM, I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT CHRIS. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. MARTY
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