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  • Birthday 06/04/1947

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  1. Would it be possible to have the Plavix that doesn't have the aspirin in it as it would be the aspirin causing the bleeding problem?
  2. My late husband Ray had at least seven major strokes in a 13 year period. He passed away five years ago. My experience was nothing like yours but I wanted to reply to welcome you to Strokenet, a great community of survivors and caregivers. Hope you make friends here.
  3. So true, parents that gave us a great start in life, gave us support and encouragement and helped us to have values. I am very grateful for that and tried to do the same for my three children. Like you I do have some days when things go wrong and I am down and it takes an effort to get back up again so I look for inspiration. I don't have to look any further than this group. You and Kelli and Sarah and so many others inspire me to go on, to have faith, to look forward not backward. Thank you Asha.
  4. Kelli being 70 and healthy is fine, being alone and disabled at 70 could be a problem. Tell your Dad to be active, eat healthy and live a full and happy life and he will be fine.
  5. I went to the WAGS meeting today and it was so good to see those who have been an influence in the journey we have taken together due to Ray's strokes. The people in the group are showing their age now as I am sure I am but old friends are the best friends. So good to have them in my life and that we are ageing together.
  6. Half way to somewhere

    Today was another two medical tests, one more to come on Monday and then a week without - me time. Church events start up this week too. Coffee and Playtime on Friday morning so it will be good to hear what the little ones have been up to through the holidays. I have seen several of the families shopping through the Christmas period so have not entirely lost contact. There may be some new families too as some of the little ones leave to go to school or preschool, others come to take their place. Five of my grandkids go back to school this week, Alice starts school next week. It will be a strange feeling for Trev who has built his own routine around her preschool days. I have seen all the grandkids except Alice over the summer holidays and feel very lucky. Trev is going to do some training to assist people with disabilities. He has wanted to do this for some time but the course hasn't been offered before so this is a great opportunity for him to change into a line of work with more opportunities. Because of the holidays and the hot weather a few of the outdoor jobs have been neglected so I have been out arrmed with a broom attacking spider webs. Spiders have thrived in the hot dry weather and multiplied. I am for saying " live and let live" until you they drape their web along my pathway and then it's "spider be gone". A little rain would be good to brighten n the gardens too, unfortunately my herbs died from the heat and it is too far into summer to plant more now. I have had a lot of phone calls from friends and colleagues wondering if and when I will be back to "normal". In other words when I will be resuming my usual duties in the church. It is a kind of acknowledgement that I do a lot of small tasks no-one else takes responsibility for. Many organisations find the same problem when a key worker is sick or unavailable. We are all different with different skills and so are missed when the unexpected takes us off the job. As a witty friend said to me: " how can we miss you if you don't go away?" Therefore the test is what happens when you are away. I have had a lot of time to think about my life since the cancer diagnosis, and have come to the conclusion that the only way to spend my time is the way I have been doing it for many years, one day at a time. It is the way we all need to live. For me there is no other way as I don't know what lies ahead. It is the way I lived when I was Ray's caregiver and still seems the best way to live. Maybe one day I will start making plans again, who knows? For now I am relearning the value of simple things , sunshine, scenery, laughter, friendship, things I have sometimes taken for granted. Thanks to all who have posted kind thoughts and prayers on my Facebook page. It is good to have that back up I know what struggles a lot of you have and yet you can still find time to think of me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  7. Asha, your blogs are always thought provoking and I look forward to seeing the next one. I am with you on having the ability to go through the tough times. It is not the time to give up when you are half way there. And reading has a big place in my life too. Another good blog.
  8. And warm greetings from me too. Happy, happy birthday.
  9. I have another battery of tests on Wednesday, just to confirm previous results. Very hot and humid weather, but it is summer after all. Just taking life a day at a time.
  10. Kelli got it right, guilt, exhaustion, frustration, and maybe mental breakdown. I used to look at Ray and wanted so much to take him home but then remembered that he was there because he NEEDED to be there. Drop the guilt if you can, concentrate on enjoying the moment. (((hugs)))
  11. Kelli loved your thought process. I treat a day out with friends in a similar way.
  12. Good to see you dropping by again Jean. Asha's blogs have always been an inspiration to me and give me something to think about. It is great to have regular contributors in the Blog Community. Miss your input but catch up on your blogs from time to time.
  13. They look normal on my screen.
  14. An act of kindness always lifts our spirit. What a great thing to do. Love those moments.
  15. This is the progress of the dementia caused by stroke plus ageing. You are doing the right thing Ruth by just letting nature take its course. It is a day by day journey now. You have done all you can.