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HAPPY NEW YEAR ! ! !

HAPPY NEW YEAR STAY SAFE AND MAKE STROKE RECOVERY A PRIORITY IN 2014 SO WE CAN ALL HAVE BETTER LIVES. BE HAPPY, HEALTHY AND SPIRITUAL. love you all, LEAH :friends: :cocktail: :happydance: :Clap-Hands: :Dance: :Jammin: :cheer: :music_band:

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

BEFORE THE DAY IS OVER I WANT TO ADD MY WISHES OF A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE HERE ON STOKEBOARD.NET. MAY THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AS THE NEW YEAR TURNS. I PRAY EVERYONE IS SAFE AND YOU HAVE HEAT, WATER AND NO ICE ON YOUR TREES LIKE SOME OF MY RELATIVES IN MICHIGAN. For a change I am happy in Arizona with the low 60's and nights in the low 40's and I have heat, water and no ice, although some of the city does have some ice on the windshields in the mornings. Reminds me of days gone by.  

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AZ Leah

TIME TO GET BACK ON THE HORSE I FELL OFF.

Time to get back on the horse I fell off. I ended up going into HealthSouth rehab to jump back into physical therapy. I cannot say it helped too much except to point out to me how far I had fallen off the horse. They used e-stim on my left leg but I think you need a lot of zaps for it to do much good. Because I went in on a Friday and they don’t do much over the weekend, I only had 7 days of therapy and some was occupational and speech which I felt I didn’t need. My gait isn’t much different;

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AZ Leah

Off to Rehab Again

Hi All: Due to the decline in my stroke recovery process, the social worker said I needed in-house physical rehab badly. She needed an evaluation from my PT caregiver and Bayada and a script from my doctor. She was surprised I had gone down this much without the doctor sending me before. I've been begging and literally crying to no avail. So i most likely will change drs when I get out. I should be out in 2 weeks, hopefully a lot stronger. I have been praying for a change and hopefully this is

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AZ Leah

Overdue blog from Leah

Instead of making my life easier, it seems I have unknowingly made it more complicated. One thing which contributed to this is by joining Facebook. Now I have Facebook, StrokeNet and email and I can’t handle what I already have. The numbers of people who appear on my Facebook page come from blood relatives and their husbands and children and grandchildren, friends I used to work with, those I know from years ago, my ex-husband’s daughters and grandchildren and Strokenet members. Many who post

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AZ Leah

The goods come with the bads

Hi all: A few weeks ago Ria emailed me asking where I had been; she hadn’t seen me in chat nor had she read a blog.I’ve been meaning to do another blog; I try to do them every 2 months and my last one was a little over 2 months. Re chat, no, I haven’t been to chat in a while and I feel bad about that because it was fun and it was good for me when I was a new stroke survivor. Two years ago this month two things happened that changed me. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and i

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AZ Leah

Update on Leah's Blog

Hi Everyone: I think the blog part of my brain is broke because I just can’t seem to get it going! Not much has been going on except when my sisters came. I posted a picture of the 3 of us in my gallery – none of us look alike. The one on my right (Sonnie) is my half-sister who is 75 and lives in Michigan. She sure looks good and hasn’t had any surgery except a knee replacement. The one on my left (Gayle) is 6 years younger than me, making her 63 and lives in Indiana. Between the 2 they

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AZ Leah

Still Learning the Hard Way

Hi All: It’s a good thing I blogged last week about what I like about myself because there has been a lot of fix-it up jobs needed on the house (meaning $$$$) and I’ve been able to go with the flow because of a pretty positive attitude. The old “Me” would rant and rave and say “ok, what is going to go wrong next” but this time I held my cool. I had to have our screen porch (900 sq.ft) patched and recoated and I had to buy a new toilet for the master bath because it wasn’t worth having all the i

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AZ Leah

Thinking Positive Negates Negativity

I used to be good at multi-tasking and keeping “hundreds” of things in my head at the same time and not forgetting them. Well, needless to say, I’m not that good since my stroke; I can get confused easily or not remember. Also have a problem with too much going on at one time like Thursday which was supposed to be my 2nd PT day of the week. I didn’t plan very well because my cleaning girl was here running from room to room and taking the vacuum with here , the cable guy was here because my TV

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AZ Leah

10 Things I Like About Myself

Thanks to Asha, I have been inspired to write 10 things I like about myself. I have been a little down on me lately probably due to our cold snap and I'm not going out much right now.

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AZ Leah

God's Thoughts

LORD you have done such great things! How deep are your thoughts! Psalm 92:5 God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours. We aren’t even in the same neighborhood. We’re thinking, Preserve the body; He’s thinking, Save the soul. We dream of a pay raise. He dreams of raising the dead. We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace. We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace. “I’m going to live before I die,” we resolve. “Die, so you can l

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AZ Leah

It is the season for JOY and PEACE

I want to blog once more before Christmas. I have a problem with procrastination and this is going to be very short. I’ve said this many times before but due to my fatigue I only have so many hours in a day which I can be productive.   Can’t believe 2012 is almost over. This is the second xmas since Jerry’s death and I must say it is much easier than last year, as it was only 3 months then. So with good intentions, I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays no matter what religion you practice

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AZ Leah

The Times in our Lives

There are fimes in our lives whe the world seems to shift. We value, in one clear instant, bhe blessing of das we once though of as ordinary - and we suddenly know that what most truly enriches us are the friends we love, who love us in return. I will be forever grateful for those loved ones. Leah

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AZ Leah

The strength we find within ourselves

The luncheon I had in honor of Jerry's one year passing was wonderful. Just 4 friends with a lot in common and we shared and smiled and laughed. No somber thoughts. Three days later I developed a pinched nerve in my left hand. It hurt so much I cried; it affected my ring finger and middle finger which are connected by the same ligaments and nerves. I went to the doctor and he ordered a wrist splint for me which went around my thumb and had a metal brace inside the split which kept the nerves st

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AZ Leah

HAPPENINGS and PROGRESS IN LEAH’S LIFE

I can’t believe how much has happened since I last blogged. All in all, I think in retrospect I’ve made quite a bit of progress and a lot of positive and some not-so-positive decisions. The photo is me and my one week old great-nephew (Roman) taken a month ago. The new keep up with those we miss.   I wanted to blog to give you some indication for my absence of late from this site, so this will be rather lengthy and some of you may not mind. On October 23, 2011, as most of you know, my life

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AZ Leah

JURY DUTY

A short entry, as promised. I received a card today from the County. I RECEIVED A FOREVER MEDICAL EXCUSE FROM JURY DUTY. YEAH, HE PAPERWORK FINALLY PAID OFF..   Hope I'll have another short positive note soon. Leah

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AZ Leah

Happenings in Leah's Life

Hi everyone: Tomorrow is the 6th anniversary of my brainstem stroke. A friend of mine’s husband died last week and it opened up my grieving both for my stroke and for Jerry’s death and other issues I haven’t closed or finished since he died in Oct. For years, there were 6 girlfriends who got together every Tues. for lunch. We also used to get together with our spouses on N. Y. eve to go out for a nice dinner. One of the girl’s husbands died about 10 years ago, another died 3 ½ years ago, Jerr

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AZ Leah

A Busy Week

Hi All: I've had something going every day this week. I guess that is progress since I could not have done this even a few months ago. I had workouts with my physical trainer on Mon & Wed which included the recumbent bike and 2-3# hand weights, machines and other leg lift exercises. I'm up to 12 min. on the recumbent bike; a few months ago my limit was 5 min!! Yesterday my caregiver drove me to the podiatrist for my big toe that has had a fungus. The last podiatrist didn't do it correctly

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AZ Leah

A Lot of This and That

May 17, 2012 It’s time for me to stop procrastinating and start this blog; it’s been too long. I finished my out-patient PT a couple weeks ago and now am working out with the trainer Jerry I worked with for so long. I see her 2x/week and usually need the day after to recuperate and do things like paperwork and other fun stuff! Usually I have a doctor appt of some sort once a week too. So it doesn’t sound like much but with chronic fatigue, it’s a lot. People are always asking me to join a cl

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AZ Leah

I'M STILLL HERE

Hi all: Happy Easter, Passover or whatever Holiday you celebrate. I plan to write a complete blog. My out-patient PT ends April 19 and then I will start 2x/week at my club where Jerry and I both worked out. For now I want to show you what I've been doing to stay sane. It's a baby blanket I knit for my best friend's first grandchild Corbin. I've known Marilyn for over 40 years; she lives in California. Corbin's mom is Marilyn's oldest (her second is my godchild) and we were going to attend her

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AZ Leah

The Ups and Downs in Leah's Life

Now that I’ve made it through Valentine’s Day as a newly widowed stroke survivor, I feel it is time to face the music and blog about my woes. I don’t know how so many events can happen in such a short time and how one is to digest, comprehend and try to accept all of it. If I didn’t have long-term care insurance (thank you God) I think I would be in a nut house. For those new to my blog, I fell in July 2011 and was in hospital with a compressed fracture of L-1 the same week I learned my husba

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AZ Leah

The Calm Before the Storm

I have been (and still am) so grateful for the peace and calm I have been in recently especially in view of Jerry's death 2 months ago. Well yesterday, Dec. 26 and today I hit a wave of terrible grief. I figured it would happen and so I wasn't but yet was surprised but I sure didn't like it. I know people grieve in different ways and in their own time and can't project when such emotions will hit them. I think I was SO busy doing, doing & more doing that I stuffed my emotions, although I did

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AZ Leah

A SPARK FROM GOD

Just as a candle can help you navigate a dark room, one spark of illumination can resolve most of life’s unanswered questions and troubles.   For me this spark is GOD. I pray you have this same spark in your life. :angel:   With Love and God’s Blessings, Leah

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A CALM AND THANKFUL TIME AT CHRISTMAS

I can’t believe it’s been 2 months yesterday since Jerry passed away. When Jerry died my mind was so confused that I couldn’t even sort out what to do and I prayed that someday I could talk without crying. I thought I might even end up in a psyche ward; I know it is only natural to have been overwhelmed and overwrought. However, now I feel I have been given another miracle as I am absolutely amazed at how calm and peaceful I feel right now. I think of Jerry of how he was and not how he was

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AZ Leah

GIVE TIME TIME

November 23, 2011   It’s been a month this evening since Jerry’s passing. It seems to have moved at a snail’s pace, but, then again, I can see the difference in my strength both physical and emotional. I can thank God for it all; I take no credit except doing what I call the footwork. A week ago I wanted to give up. I don’t know how I made it through the first week, the memorial and the numerous forms, agencies, case workers, etc. They just piled up on each other until I thought I was going

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AZ Leah