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Another blow

Haven't blogged for a while, been in a contemplative mood for the past 2 weeks. Went to see my neuro surgeon last week of September. I had an MRI in August, so I thought just a routine check up, but no, I came out of the clinic, very sad at his news. I have moya moya disease where the arteries in the brain are shrinking, that was what caused my stroke. I had surgery in April , an EC-IC bypass where he connected an artery from my right temple into the arteries lesding to the brain. Well to cut

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Planning the next step in my rehab journey

Am now back working as a nanny to 2 girls, aged 8 and 4, not too bad, I just walk them to school. My employers are so supportive, their dad goes with us still, making sure that I and the girls are safe, then we'll work from there. I'll finish my outpatient therapies at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute on October 1st, so I was asking my Physio therapist whats next. She gave me a few flyers of facilities that offer programs for stroke rehab, cardiac rehab. I decided to go to City of Toronto Pa

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7 months post stroke

September 5th, I'm 7 months post stroke, I remember the day it happened, I had symptoms for 4 days, a different one everyday until the big day, Monday, I had a headache, Tuesday, I was feeling tired and dizzy, Wednesday, I was having problems with my speech and I was dragging my left foot walking on snow. Thursday, the same speech problem and tiredness. Friday was when it happened, I was losing my balance as well as having all the symptoms on that day, I kept falling, it was so scary. I even wen

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Life post stroke getting better

It is definitely getting better. When my stroke happened, I didn't think that I will be walking again, but I am walking now with the help of a cane and an ankle brace. working hard to get back my dorsiflexion so I could achieve my next goal which is to walk without the cane and ankle brace. In February, I thought my life as I have planned is over, I didn't know that one can recover from a stroke. I thought I would be paralyzed my whole life and won't be able to do anything anymore.   I am only

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Toronto Buskerfest 2010

I love the Buskerfest. After my OT and PT at the Toronto Rehab yesterday, i told my sister, we should go to the Buskerfest. Well, I'm going walking anyway in the afternoon, might as well add sightseeing to my walking. So after lunch, we went. The thing is we took the wrong streetcar at Broadview subway station. Instead of taking the 504 which passes by King St., then its only 1 block from King and Jarvis St., we could get to the venue of the buskerfest which was in the St. Lawrence Market area,

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Good day today

My day is halfway over. Went to the rehab for my 8:15 appointment with my physio therapist. Love working in the mornings, the rehab's very quiet, not too busy. The first thing we did today was do the 6 minute walk again, the first time we did it, I walked 167 meters, after a month we did it again, I walked 197 meters, today I did 227 meters, so its coming along well then, walking faster now. And there I was wishing I could walk better, then we talked to another stroke survivor, waiting for her

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Practice makes perfect

This has never sounded true as it did now for me. I was reading a book 'the brain that repairs itself', to help the brain rewire, I should keep using my affected limbs. I practice the control of my fingers by picking up pennies from a pile of coins, again and again, now i feel I have more control of my fingers than ever.I like to work on my arm too, but I can't because of pain in my shoulder. I'm not sure what to do to make my leg better though, I do mini squats ang tippy toe lifting, but its

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Taking it one day at a time

I'm just 6 months post stroke and in the first few months after the stroke, I've accomplished a lot in the rehab, I learned to walk with only a cane, learned to care for myself like have a shower on my own, dress myself. Now I'm back in the rehab for out patient therapies. I'm not progressing as much as I wanted to. Some days I feel down, some days its ok. Now, so that I don't get down days, I take it a day at a time.Looking forward to autumn and going back to work.   I actually started to go

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Good day today

Woke up feeling good today. Had a good nights sleep, weather is so nice. Then I read a very uplifting blog. Am having CVR-MRI today at Toronto Western Hospital, hope everything's ok. Its so nice reading blogs here, all of it helps in my recovery journey. I so love reading. Anyways, have a nice day everyone!

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