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Posted by lmctrouble in Lynda's thoughts, 28 February 2015 - - - - - - · 25 views

The stinkleys and I are ready for winter to be over!!! Playing "let the cats out, let the cats in, let the cats out, let the cats in" is becoming a tiresome game - especially when I see a furry head in the window two minutes after I get back to my chair and get comfortable.

The job search is slow - it seems like everybody wants somebody with a bachelo...

reflections on a simpler life

Posted by HostSue in Sue's Sentiments, 28 February 2015 - - - - - - · 33 views

Did you miss me? I just came back from Broken Hill where I had a week with my younger son. I went up to support him when he went to the Family Court to gain access visits with his daughter Alice. It is so sad that a marriage break-up causes such pain, not just to the couple but to their families as well. I have really missed seeing her and talking to...

Exercise Just Hurts

Posted by SassyBetsy in SassyBetsy's Blog, 27 February 2015 - - - - - - · 38 views

Ever since I got my shiny red walker I have been bustling all over the place but I dearly pay for it the next day and especially at night. I don't do better when I am out exercising. They keep telling me that over time I am going to feel wonderful when I get out there and exercise but so far I enjoy my time out walking but then I am a sobbing suffering ho...

Time Waits For No One

Posted by fking in fking's Blog, 26 February 2015 - - - - - - · 30 views

Can you believe the month of February is almost gone???? Two days left in the month as of today and we see weather conditions all across the US and everywhere to let us know it's still winter time!!!! Getting outside now is not so great with the wind, the snow, and it's outright cold every day in every state in the US...

Looking back just a little it see...

A Story

Posted by wiremanranch in wiremanranch's Blog, 25 February 2015 - - - - - - · 45 views

So when I went on the cruise in January I kept running in to this guy at the bar. ( Not that I hung out at the bar ) And we struck up some conversations. I even talked him into upgrading his drink package. Probably about the forth time I seen him we were talking and he said something about his life, divorce, his second wife chipped in and how he still had...

exercise your right to die

Posted by achandra in achandra's Blog, 24 February 2015 - - - - - - · 48 views

Yesterday I watched Doctor Oz show where he interviewed mother of 29 year old brittany Maynard terminal brain cancer patient who exercised her right to die at home. I am so conflicted with that choice. at one level I can understand the decision, since I know that same feeling right after my stroke, but today standing at the end of tunnel I question that d...

Hoyer Hell

Posted by srademacher in spacie1's Blog, 22 February 2015 - - - - - - · 54 views

Still waiting on the hoyer lift here....It's been over six weeks since I went to the Dr. for my shoulder pain - frozen shoulder, got the cortisone shot, which is now starting to wear off and not much cooperation with the RX for the hoyer. It took them over four weeks to get a RX to the Home Health agency that coordinates it, then it was incorrect - was wr...

Oh No not again!!

Posted by ksmith in Ksmith's Blog, 16 February 2015 - - - - - - · 91 views

Well I've been under stress because I'm staying at my ex husbands with our son and life seems to be like it always has been so in a strokies head it's confusing. So I was at home ( aka parents house) and bent down to pick up something that fell and when I stood up, my pulse began to race. Ok No biggie. I've had this happen many times and seen a cardiolog...

One Wobbly Step After Another

Posted by Onehandcan in Onehandcan's Blog, 15 February 2015 - - - - - - · 100 views

Anyone who has lost a pet must know the grief that has befallen me this week with the death of my beloved cat, Rocky. I had Rocky for 14 years. I won't trivialize her or her passing with all the usual platitudes. Suffice it to say, I'm struggling to take one step then another and another. Tears flow at the thought of her and still I move one foot in fr...

Just not sure I am ready for change

Posted by Broken247 in Broken247's Blog, 12 February 2015 - - - - - - · 88 views

Kevin has been away from home since December 1st. After him having aspiration pneumonia, sepsis, another stroke and aspiration pneumonia again, I'm just not sure I can do this again.

I am a caregiver I am not the "survivor" or "victim" but that's nonsense. I truly understand that his life as he knew it changed and he has lost a lot, but so have I. So hav...

What is a Blog?

Posted by lwisman in Lin's Musings, 08 February 2015 - - - - - - · 37 views

Blogging is an interesting phenomenon. Many blogs provide a place for individual expression. Sometimes blogs are friendly. Some are not. One definition: a Web site on which someone writes about personal opinions, activities, and experiences.

The Stroke Network has a blog page. If you’re reading this, you are there. It provides a safe space for those in...

Sleeping a lot of the time

Posted by johnk6749 in johnk6749's Blog, 06 February 2015 - - - - - - · 100 views
dementia, sleeping, tired

Mom is sleeping a lot of the time. I don't know if this should be a concern, or if it is a normal process for stroke recovery.

Now that the visiting team from the hospital are no longer coming, I let her sleep in the morning until she feels like getting up. This is usually between 10:30 to 11:30. Then I make us something to eat and give her medications....

Surviving vs Thriving

Posted by Pearls in When your soul dies, 05 February 2015 - * * * * * · 101 views

The way I look at it surviving is learning to live with half a life and thriving is living at full steam. so you are living at full steam one day and out of the blue boom you are taken down by "it". You are taken down in so many ways you can't even describe it. So you lean over pull up your boots and try to go on. i at a " soul level " i don't understand...

Is it my fault?

Posted by catbeleu in catbeleu's Blog, 05 February 2015 - - - - - - · 90 views

I use to wonder what my Mom ment when she said "Be careful what you ask God for." I have been pondering the past years over and over in my head and thoughts of how things use to be come pouring through. Me, working and just doing each day whatever it was I wanted to do. Kids are grown and me finally free of a marriage that had ruled my every moment in lif...

Oh My Darling Clementine!

Posted by LadyRose in LadyRose's Blog, 02 February 2015 - - - - - - · 54 views

It's truly the "little" things that make me happy these days. Clementines; so little and sweet! I love fresh fruit but hadn't been able to enjoy much of it since the CVA. Although I recovered enough to lose my lopsided smile, I continued and still do with some paralysis in my face and mouth that biting into large or hard things like sandwiches and appl...

WOW! 1 little thing can change SO much in a person's life.

Posted by lydiacevedo in Conversations with myself, 02 February 2015 - - - - - - · 68 views

There I was, snuggled into bed, having fallen asleep watching tv on 1/23/2015, all set to try get things done over the coming weekend, when there was a knock on my door. Tessa, who normally waits for me to respond, came through the door a second later, apologizing for waking me up, and explaining that she had instant messaged a few of her friends and they...

Three dogs and over time and William

Posted by ruthpill in ruthpill's Blog, 31 January 2015 - - - - - - · 86 views

My time is gone. No time for anything. My crazy job wants us to work an extra 20 hours a week. That is really crimping my lifestyle. Mycaretaker is doing the pool workout with William. That gives me time to do my own workout after work. So my day starts at 3am. I am up and walk the dogs. I get ready for work and get there a little after 4 am....

Haven't blogged in a while, but still enjoy reading this site!

Posted by Tinamomof2 in Tinamomof2's Blog, 30 January 2015 - - - - - - · 68 views

I think one of the main reasons I don't blog is typing with one hand takes me so long! I still check this site daily and love to read!

Mom has been gone 4 months now and it has gotten easier, but I think about her at least once a day and usually a few tears fall. Hard to lose your Mother at any age, just seems like there was still so much left to do with...

Getting Wiser About Medication

Posted by RonA in RonA's Blog, 30 January 2015 - * * * * * · 70 views

For some time now, Dorothy has been groggy a lot. At first I thought it was simply part of the post-stroke phase but as time wore on I began to suspect other causes, especially medication. Her rehab doctor has never taken the initiative to reduce or elminate any of her drugs though he has increased the dosage of one. I am not drug-phobic but I do think th...

Been a while, again

Posted by JeriB in Dad's Journey (JeriB), 27 January 2015 - - - - - - · 62 views

Dad and I have had our moments over the past few months.

Today started an interesting thing. He seemed confused as to why the "buzzer/speaker" (controlled entry) moved on the wall. He was not sure of the address, he had to clarify the apt number. He said that today was the first time he'd been in the bathroom... feeling concerned... Sent him to his...

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