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I Lost My Oldest Sister Earlier Today

Well as we all know nothing about death is ever planned by any of the family members and in this case it caught us totally by surprise. I was able to get to the hospital to see her on yesterday for a while. She was hooked up to many machines so she never knew I was there in her room on my scooter! This morning all of her children had made it to her bedside.   They are waiting now for the funeral home to come to the hospital and pick up her body. I have no information on the funeral services at

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Well Gang, I'm Not Doing Good Physically!

Most of you may remember my last blog about going to Vegas well this may be my last blog for quite some time...See I now must get operated on my right knee I think on the 12th next Friday. I hurt my knee trying to ride the shuttle busses. My right knee has separated at the joint and has to be rejoined with surgery!! I will be out of commission for many months after they sew my knee up to heal then learn to walk without help as I am walking with help only not on my own or even with a cane. I have

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My Oldest Living Brother Passed Yesterday In Houston, Our Hometown

It was great news on the 15th for me making 8 years of recovery, then the day afterwards on the 16th, yesterday my brother passed at the hospital in Houston, Texas. He was one month from being 89 years old. His birthday would have been February 17th to make him 89. I guess God had other plans for him in heaven to call him home "saying job well done my servant." He is the brother I knew more than any of my other brothers. He has been in Houston living on the same street since before I was born. H

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My Big Knee Operation 12 September 2014

Well tomorrow 9/12/14 is operation day for me on my right knee, I will be so glad to get this operation over with so I can try to walk again and stand up on my own!! These last two weeks has been a pain in the butt for me not being able to even stand up or walk on my own!! I sat on my bed all day and must wait for my wife to come home and help me walk to the bathroom on her lunch hour.   I been drinking ensure so I don't have to go poop daily and I bet I have lost 15 pounds.. Anyway with my le

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I'm All Excited...My walking Unassisted Is Working!

I just had to tell all of you my walking unassisted is improving each day. I got the right health care lady working with me. She tells me, "I am not falling on her watch." I didn't realize it's that much of a difference walking with a quad cane and a single point cane. I have a hand loop string on my cane to keep from dropping it. That works great cause I can hold the cane not letting it touch the ground and walk unassisted. But it's there if I need it.   I went back to the VA this morning to

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A Stroke And The Recovery Process Then Moving On With My Life!

Well I been on this site now for a long time hoping I have learned a few things about strokes and the recovery process from so many members who came here just as I did not knowing what to expect next. I want to believe I may have helped a few of them in talking about the stroke and the recovery process that many of them knew nothing about.   When you are into your first therapies the therapist just don't give you much information about the recovery process. Seems like when you asked them a que

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The End To My Years Of Working!

No, I didn't hit the lottery, I'm just worn out completely and my body won't take another day.   So, to my cyber family of friends and neighbors in Texas and perhaps around the world, I want to tell all that I have decided with confirmation from all my doctors, to give up being gainfully employed. After 50 years working many, many jobs including my own business, 22 years of military service, and 10 years postal service, I am now RETIRED.   It's been an amazing run for me through the 50 yea

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My Blog 8 November

Well, I thought about this blog, the long and the short version after talking with my God and my wife and reading my own notes about what it is I want to say....Here goes, my condition is slowly getting worse to a point I can hardly walk, think, or do the things that was once easy for me to accomplish.... I can hardly stand up on my feet from the bed, walking is scary, going to the bathroom, getting up from the commode by myself is truly a task very hard to accomplish now...   In a sense I am

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My Heart Monitor Arrived Today

I hadn't said anything because I didn't really know but at different appointments I had last week my heart beat was slow, so slow I couldn't get my injections done in my knees!! He didn't want to take any chance!! So off I go to a heart doctor referred by my PCP and my appointment came up really fast, sorta scared me not knowing what a slow heart beat really meant!!!   I'm hooked up y'all and being monitored for four days then a battery of test including a final echo test then I get the news h

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My Wife Is Down With The Flu We Think??

Here in Texas the Flu is hitting us pretty hard all over the state now. My wife is in bed since coming home on Friday evening from work. There has been several deaths too so she has my undivided attention, all the meds available, and she and I got our flu shots early on when they first became available.   So if she is able tomorrow morning she will try to go in for a little while if she get a little bit better tonight. A box of tissue don't last her very long. I will fix her a hot medical drin

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Something Is Happening To My Recovery Process

I am seeing 2 doctors, taking several meds, had my colonoscopy, but now I'm told I got serious medical issues they telling my wife. I have trouble walking now. I am one day away from the day of the stroke I survived 10 years ago!   I am close to my cellphone and my wife calls me every two hours as I'm a little afraid to be home alone and got one apt at 130pm two hours from now!

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Cause Of My Condition

Well, to all of you caring members, friends, fellow survivors, and the care givers of Stroke Net!   The doctors have discovered what caused my condition to go downhill. After days of testing and examinations of my whole body it was found my digestive system is contaminated with major bad bacteria. My colonospy was great and all went well as I was very near asleep and out of it. My wife witness the whole operation and saw the areas of my colon, stomach, liver and areas where cancer starts plus

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My Life's Appreciations For My Accomplishments And My Mother

Well my new computer is on line and working really good even more than I know how to operate it with windows 8.1.....So I thought I would state some of my appreciations, accomplishments, and the great advise my mother gave me growing up as her 18th child!!! I can't imagine any woman today having that many children with one husband!!!!   In my early age I was a good kid being raised up alone while my closest siblings to me were a set of twin girls six years ahead of me. So I only had my mom to

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I was Bedside as my good friend died

Last night was very hard for me! I was at his bedside when he took his last breath and went home to be with the Lord. His Soul entered into eternal life at 11:10 pm. It was hard for me cause so many deaths already in the news then he died from prostate cancer suddenly.   I did visit him at his home on Wednesday while his daughter was here. He looked at me raised his arm, very weak, but could not speak. Instantly he was back to sleep eyes closed. I stayed for an hour or so talking with his dau

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Finally trying to walk unassisted and It's Working

It will be 8 years on January 15th 2012, since the stroke put me on a cane and a scooter in 2004. My in home health provider is trying her best to help me walk again with no support. It's working and I'm working at it daily in several ways. I'm working with different machines at the senior center to gain strength in the weak leg. Then at home I got things I work with to help even more assisted by my health provider three days a week.   I hope to be more consistent by year's end. Already I gave

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MORE WALKING WITHOUT THE CANE!

Well, well, well I'm almost at 8 years recovering. It seem like a long, long road but on the other hand people are saying to me, "Has it been that long?" Yes it has and I feel every year of it but I thank my God he wasn't ready for me back then and I'm still here.   It's good to feel better about yourself and your ability to recover. Sure it's slow but it's steady and I feel so blessed to still be here. One time I told myself I would walk again soon when I was still in the hospital. Well, I re

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I Lost A Brother This Morning In Houston Texas

Things happen all the time and this morning was one of those times. I received the phone call earlier that my brother above me by a few years passed away at the hospital with his wife of many years right by his side. They came back to Houston last year from making California their home all their adult lives since high school.   It's been like a roller coaster ride for them the past few months in dealing with their kids and all the bickering because of his condition. I think his condition was p

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16 Years Married TODAY!!!! 9 June 2014

I'm in the happiest and longest marriage of my adult life and today marks 16 years being with a lady I feel was God sent to be in my life forever more!! Considering my first three (3) marriages I can't help but feel this one was approved by God because I would have not gotten it right on my own!! So I'm celebrating 54 years total married life and this one makes the cake taste soooo sweet!!   Looking back I remember marrying my high school sweetheart in 1960 and producing two kids four and six

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I Made It To DECEMBER 2014 So I'm Back You All!!!!!

Here I am in the month of December 2014!!! Many of you know I have had some setbacks to keep me off the board for quite some time now. I'm finally healed up enough to sit here and express myself without being in total pain since the operation on my knee and thigh.It's been a long road to recovery but I made it by the grace of my God and my wife.   I was always posting and greeting new members as they joined strokenet with many questions they needed answers to for their long journey to a good r

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The Little Pups Are Growing Big

"It was Labor Day" the six little pups were born to a three year old mom, a registered Shih Tzu, and I see they are growing big to have been so little at birth.... Their eyes are still not open yet and the mom stays real close to them all the time as she can hear the sound they make no matter where she is in the house she will come to them....   My grand daughter is so proud of her and the little ones too so she is around them when she is home and when she get home from school each day she wan

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Sometimes We Wonder...Why Me Lord!

I thought this was true for me and I know for many others who express the same feelings when they find this site!   It's all about God's Love for all of us....He Loves Us!   Nevertheless, sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or "Why me, why did God have to do this to me?"   Here is a wonderful explanation in my opinion anyway! "In part from my church bulletin."     A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong...She's failing algebra, her boyfriend

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My Wife And I Enjoyed Some Get Away Time In Shrevesport, LA

We had a good time all around the Casino floors and came back with more dollars than we left with for a change. I would have never guessed she would play dollar machine when her favorite is the penny machines and all that noise they make would drive me nuts. She hit the dollar one for 1600 dollars as she played two credits each time!   Needless to say she was one happy camper and we played enough to comp our Saturday night stay so Thursday to Saturday we stayed free of charges! I did my quarte

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The Meds Are Working, I Feel Much Better Already

I return to doctor's office end of this month then a stool speciment is due middle of February and at that time I hope they tell me all the bacteria is gone from my system so I can start to feel myself again! I will finish the three meds program in a couple more days. I'm back eating OK and I'm putting good stuff in my body replacing the bad bacteria that caused all my problems!   Since I had to drop out of my physical therapy I hope to ride my exercise bike to get physically fit again and leg

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Off On Short Casino Trip

WELL nothing else to get into I thought a casino would be a good bet! You never know when it's your time to get lucky and I feel it's my time since the lottery is not paying off! I don't play big I play small and move from machine to another one that pays off often. That's the good thing by being on my scooter I can move in a heart beat.   It works for me and sometimes I will watch other people play a machine until they are very tired and have fed it for a Iong time without winning.   So off

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My wife's Birthday

Yesterday, July 9th, was my wife's 62nd birthday which she enjoyed very well. She came home from work at 6 pm and wanted to eat out at Applebee's restaurant so we took our grand daughter too and she ate good and enjoyed being out to eat for a change!! Normally I go pick up food for all of us when my wife get home or having it here when she get home!!   Today she has Praise dance practice at church so she will stop after her practice and get her a bite to eat I'm sure!! We'll find something or

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