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It's not easy to forget

Posted by HostSue in Sue's Sentiments, 30 November 2015 - - - - - - · 9 views

Sometimes when I see something I still think: "I must tell Ray about that". I watch a TV program we once would have watched together and I turn to him to say something and of course he is not there. I suppose it is partly because I haven't moved, I still live in the house Ray extended three times. We owned this house together for a long time, it is th...

From: Juggling

Posted by SassyBetsy in SassyBetsy's Blog, 30 November 2015 - - - - - - · 11 views

Source: Juggling

The Christmas Season Is Upon All Of Us

Posted by fking in fking's Blog, 29 November 2015 - - - - - - · 16 views

Well dear friends, it probably doesn't feel or even look like it weather wise but the Christmas Season (December 2015) is just around the corner.... After Black Friday and of course Black Monday tomorrow the shopping season is here even if the snow and colder weather hasn't yet arrived in your town....

For many of us shopping will be off our list of thin...

Successful shopping trip

Posted by Jayallen in Jayallen's Blog amazing days, 29 November 2015 - - - - - - · 22 views

The day before Thanksgiving my wife asked if I and my brother would run to the grocery store because she hates to shop.
Ad i tecall lastyear I ran my cart into at lrast 8 peop what a edifference a year makes this year my trip to the grocery store was good I didn't bump into any person at all I didn't even have to wear a sign that said blind man walking...

Had a very nice Thanksgiving

Posted by scottm in scottm's Blog, 29 November 2015 - - - - - - · 33 views

It was very pleasant, we had the whole crew at the our sons house. Everyone was inquisitive about my brain injury but very cautious about asking, so I took the advice of my strokenet brethren and broached it myself in a casual way. Something to the effect of all I want is world peace, a pony and a trip to Tahiti.

The Tahiti reference is to a show called...

Hedgerow Cottage is great in late spring

Posted by Mitch04 in Mitch's Blog, 27 November 2015 - - - - - - · 29 views

It's good being back at Hedgerow Cottage, Kyneton. Palm Cove was wonderful, but living there is a pipe dream, especially when the rest of the family is in Melbourne. So our cosy cottage is an excellent compromise, especially in late spring.


We are returning to Melbourne next we...

New life, new place, new friends

Posted by GeorgeLesley in Gizmo, Gadget Guy, 23 November 2015 - - - - - - · 32 views

We are now well settled in our new home in Erwin, TN.My battle with colitis appears to be under control. Our son found a special diet that supposedly works to fix it. I always am skepical about such claims, I find they usually are just trying to sell you something. Refreshingly, this one is really about getting colitis and other stomach/intestinal suffere...

Moving a Tree

Posted by lwisman in Lin's Musings, 21 November 2015 - - - - - - · 30 views

Moving a Tree The holidays are coming. This brings both joy and dread. Over the years I have learned to keep everything at a minimum and to find easier ways to do most things. For example, we have discovered that we can have a Christmas tree delivered and set into the stand. I also do not do stores much at any time, but never in December.

Our neighbors across the stre...

Who knew? A rhetorical question

Posted by Onehandcan in Onehandcan's Blog, 19 November 2015 - - - - - - · 72 views

For nearly 21 years I've lamented losing the use of my left hand due to a stroke. When I fell and broke my left hand 3 weeks ago, ending up first in a functionally limiting soft cast then a thermoplastic splint it didn't take long for me to realize, stroke or not, just how much I use that very same hand I've long thought useless. Who knew?

The lesson...

A big surprise....Ray is allowed to eat again!

Posted by 1967stingray in 1967stingray's Blog, 18 November 2015 - - - - - - · 99 views

I have been feeling so much trepidation about Ray coming home and not being able to eat. Of pushing him around with a food bag attached to his stomach. Of our lives taking such a big step backward. I wasn't being given much hope by anyone.

Then I spoke to Ray's old speech therapist Shannon, the one that worked so well with him when he first came home alm...

Feeling Lonely

Posted by Punch1021 in Punch1021's Blog, 16 November 2015 - - - - - - · 79 views

I have been sitting here at work trying to write this blog, but I keep changing it. First, I was writing about how lost I feel. However, the more I wrote the more I dug into my feelings and I realized how lonely I am. I have never felt this lonely around the holiday season before. Even last year after my strokes I don't remember feeling this way. What...

Recovery is like a caterpillar

Posted by draber163 in draber163's Blog, 13 November 2015 - - - - - - · 83 views

The strange thing is when I looked up the meaning of recovery:
Recovery: as defined in the dictionary is as a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
Recovery: as defined by a me as stroke survivors has an entirely different meaning. I do not feel as though I will every be the person I once was. I lost a lot, but I gained a lot too. I...

we are back from our amazing vacation another one done from my bucket list

Posted by achandra in achandra's Blog, 04 November 2015 - - - - - - · 61 views

We are back from our amazing Italy vacation. I always wanted to visit Italy. We had gone to Europe right after my stroke but due to time constraint did not visit Italy & I always wanted to visit Italy, So after decade once kido gone off to college we decided to go to Italy just two of us. I am glad our son encouraged us to go alone & we did it, I...

It's been a while!

Posted by hmmblue in hmmblue's Blog, 02 November 2015 - - - - - - · 73 views

I have been away since 2008 or 09. Lots has changed since 2007..the year of the stroke. In 2012...I pack up and walked away from everyone and everything.
You see .. I was different.... not the same person as pre stroke.

I couldn't deal with people expecting me to feel the same way I did about things...I didn't feel the same about things or them...i...

Gain Some, Lose Some

Posted by srademacher in spacie1's Blog, 01 November 2015 - - - - - - · 51 views

Life has it's share of ups and downs. This past month it's been gain some - and I don't mean in a good way. I had a bad month on the scales and I chalk it up to stress eating over every stupid little thing that went wrong. I had a mole removed after the doc thought it looked abnormal, and sure enough the biopsy came back showing abnormal tissue. Th...


Posted by v907 in Veta's Blog, 17 October 2015 - - - - - - · 65 views

It seems that just by acknowledging that I might be depressed and writing about it (here and on my other blog) has given me hope that this won't last long. And if it does, I know what to do. I will increase my activity level. surround myself with loved ones, talk to my doctor about it, go back to my psychotherapist's office, continue to eat well, and clea...

65 in april

Posted by mlp in mlp's Blog, 12 October 2015 - - - - - - · 51 views

haven't been on site in long time. I turned 65 in April and had to go to Boston for eye surgery in May;
I had a precancerous lesion that needed to be removed. my previous eye surgeon did not want to do it because it involved a graft and she hasn't done very many. Thankfully all went well and I healed well. In August I had emergency gall bladder surgery. I...

What a morning

Posted by ksmith in Ksmith's Blog, 10 October 2015 - - - - - - · 100 views
stress, life

OK i Have to get this off my chest:

Picture this.. I get into my car after changing from weight watchers to go to the Sea Food Festival. My cell phone rings for a message so i answer it.

"Kelli....... this is Mike from Florida.. please call me as soon as you get this" ( Mike is my oldest son's grandfather ) By this time my heart is racing for he NEVER...

Hanging Rock walk

Posted by heathber in heather's Blog - Heather was here, 20 September 2015 - - - - - - · 124 views

I did my big test walk yesterday. I promised myself that I would get to the top of Hanging Rock before I left for my holiday. It's a good test of my capabilities and a way to asses the impact of this sort of activity. This is where we went https://en.wikipedia..._Rock,_Victoria

I had 4 support crew in the end, several other friends had to...

time flies fast

Posted by ruthpill in ruthpill's Blog, 16 September 2015 - - - - - - · 92 views

I need to check in. I have been lax. We have been doing well. William is still doing his therapy in the water. He does 5 days of the week with our caretaker and I do Saturdays. The three dogs are such a joy. They really pick up William's spirits. If he is confused the dogs seems to calm him down and he gets less confused. HE starts to think of the...

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