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Dr. Zoey Said


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I went to see my neurologist last week. Her name is Dr. Zoey. I had a list of questions for her.

 

Me: Can I stop taking Plavix? Dr. Zoey: Not yet.

 

Me: Can a go snowboarding this winter? Dr. Zoey: No.

 

Me: I’m going on aDisneyworld vacation in a couple of months. Can I go on any rides? Dr. Zoey:As long as the ride does not jerk your head back, you can ride.

 

Me: Can I increase myweight I lift in my BodyPump class? Dr.Zoey: You can increase from 20 lbs. to 30 lbs.

 

During our discussion she told me that she only sees one ortwo cases like mine in a year. Hearingthis, everything started to make sense. When I left the hospital after my stoke four months earlier I was givenorders for my first follow-up appointment, occupational therapy and physicaltherapy.

 

All three of theseappointments were about three weeks post stroke:

 

At the first follow-up, the doctor came in, looked at me,and looked back at her notes. She askedmy name. It was like she was expectingsomeone else. She explained that mostpeople who had a stroke like mine are in a wheel chair at this point. She asked me a few questions and asked me towalk across the floor and back. She calledDr. Zoey and both of them agreed that there was no reason I couldn’t go back towork part time.

 

Next was physical theory. The therapist gave me the same look as the doctor at my follow-up. Then we went through checking my range ofmovement and strength of my muscles. Hewas running out of stuff for me to do. We went for a walk around the hospital. It became apparent that he could not easily keep up with my pace. When we returned, he had me runningsteps. He ran out of stuff for me to tryand we finished early.

 

Next was occupational theory. When I arrived, they told me we’d get thoughtpart of the therapy that day and need to schedule a follow-up appointment tofinish up. They gave me a few tests onpaper. I don’t remember much about thetest other than they seemed easy. Theysaid I finished these so fast that they could give me the tests I’d need topass to be cleared to drive. These wereactually kind of fun. They said I scoredoff the chart. I was cleared to drive!

 

Looking back at these three appointments, I now know thatthe doctors and therapists were not expecting much of me. I worked hard to get to where I amtoday. I have much work still ahead ofme. I look forward to the challengeevery day brings. I’m no longer askingmyself why this happened to me, both the stroke and the amazing recovery.

 

Dr. Zoey scheduled a follow up MRI for January 2012. I’m hopeful that after that MRI I’ll be ableto stop taking Plavix. Dr. Zoey calledmy recovery “remarkable”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations Dave. Sounds like you are doing something right! Keep up the good work. It is good for the doctors to be surprised. They tend to be negative. :bouncing_off_wall:

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Dave:

 

I am glad you have had great recovery from stroke I feel every stroke damage is different & based on that damage our recovery will be different. I cringe to believe that someone's recovery is better than others because they worked harder towards their recovery. Though I believe harder you push yourself doing things you did prestroke things will be much easier post stroke.

 

Asha

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Dave, I think the important thing to remember

 

is that your recovery is

 

OUTSIDE OF THEIR THINKING PATTERN;

 

It is not at all what they are trained to expect.

 

OR DEAL WITH.

 

THEREFORE:

 

You will surprise them.

 

You will rattle their presumptions.

 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO DO SO.

 

Your cheerleader,

 

Rachel

 

 

 

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Just curious, what type of stroke did you have?

 

I had a AVM and my doctors told me the same thing, that I should be in a wheelchair.

 

I think that everyone's recovery must be different.

 

I just count my blessings and continue to work hard towards a full recovery.

 

Wishful thinking

 

Positive attitude

 

Good Luck and keep working at it.

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Just curious, what type of stroke did you have?

 

I had a AVM and my doctors told me the same thing, that I should be in a wheelchair.

 

I think that everyone's recovery must be different.

 

I just count my blessings and continue to work hard towards a full recovery.

 

Wishful thinking

 

Positive attitude

 

Good Luck and keep working at it.

 

I had an ischemic stroke. It was caused by blunt force trauma (I took a baseball to the neck). I agree that everyone's recovery is different.

 

I've always had a positive attitude. Keep working at it and never, never, never give up! Good Luck!

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