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About dstraugh

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  • Birthday 03/31/1954
  • Age 66

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  1. Happy Anniversary dstraugh!

  2. Happy Birthday dstraugh!

  3. Wow! It's been 10 years since I joined StrokeNet. I joined 5 months after my stroke. Thank you to all who have supported me and encouraged me in my journey. For that I will be eternally grateful. God Bless.

  4. Happy Anniversary dstraugh!

  5. Happy Birthday dstraugh!

  6. I am almost 9 years post stroke. I too was unable to return to work because of my deficits. My left arm and hand are still only good for paperweight status lol but I get by. If you want to return to school, maybe starting out with an on-line class would help you test the waters for what you can handle. Volunteering as well can help fill your days. When a massive stroke slammed into me, my daughter was 12. One day she said to me that she was glad I had my stroke as I was now home when she returned from school. I had been working in social services and was a total workaholic working 7 days a week. I didn't see it at the time but all my hours did keep me away from what mattered most, my daughter. For several years, I was a volunteer here on the site. Now I help my family in caring for my Aunt who has been given 4-6 months to live. I wish you the best in whatever you decide
  7. Happy Birthday dstraugh!

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  9. Happy Anniversary dstraugh!

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  11. Hi Donna,

    I'd love to list my local event in New York City that features two speakers who will talk about the latest in physical therapy research at an area medical center. I'm confused by how to do this on the StrokeNet site. Can you help me?

  12. Hi there Nancy. I tried to send you a pm but was told your pm is disabled. If you go into your settings - unclick the disable pm and you should be good to go.

  13. Donna how do I write you a private message?

    New set up not use to. Hope all is well with you. Need to vent to some one who understands.Struggling big time with holidays coming up.Need your prayers

    during this time. Thank you in advance

  14. dstraugh

    Countdown to college

    Well.....Kristina has graduated from High School. The commencement ceremony was beautiful. I surprised myself and held myself together quite well. I kept busy by taking pictures and had to keep "calm" to do so lol. Her graduation party was the following weekend and was great. With the gift money she received, she bought herself a laptop. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! No more sharing the computer between us. College will begin on August 30th. Kristi will be attending Carlow University, here in Pittsburgh, for Nursing. My little girl will turn 18 on Aug. 15th. I think that's hitting me harder than her senior prom and graduation did. As for me, doing ok. Still receiving botox injections every 3 to 4 months. The left leg and ankle are responding better than the left arm/hand/fingers though. I've had increased tone in my forearm that is affecting the tone in my fingers and palm of my hand. This last time I received injections, my doc tried to address the additional tone issues by injecting into the palm of my hand and the inside of my forearm. It helped a smidge although the pain from the injections about sent me through the roof. He's going to ask for an increase in dosage from my insurance so he doesn't have to reduce the dosage in other areas as he had to this last time. When our weather is not too hot or too humid, I have been getting out in my power chair cruising around. We've had a hot and muggy summer so I am limited on getting out. By the time the sun goes down I am too tired from fighting the heat all day to venture out. I now have box fans in every room of the house so I'm never too far away from them.
  15. dstraugh

    Where oh where has Donna been?

    Hi Strokenet Family. I'm so so sorry that I have not been around. Been spending lots of time on Facebook between Farmville and Bejeweled. I'm still receiving botox injections on my left side. Just received injections on Wednesday 6-16. As I'm having added tone in the palm of my hand that keeps my fingers from straightening, my Doc injected into the palm - talk about OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm getting out in my power chair when the weather permits. We've had a very rainy spring so I am limited as my access to the world must lead through my backyard. Wet grass and the tires on the power chair do not mesh too well, especially on my return as the yard is sloped. I have learned how to get myself unstuck while sitting in the chair. My dear daughter, Kristi, is graduating this Sunday (6-20-10) from high school. I posted a pic in my gallery. There will be a family/friends graduation party on 6-26-10 at my nephew's home. Hey, if anyone lives in our area and wish to attend, you guys are family and more than welcome. Well, just wanted to touch base and let you all know that I'm alive and well. I have experienced bouts of having staff withdrawal. Love to all.
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