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Life of A Survivor

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Surviving A Stroke

I just want to say surviving any stroke is a good thing for anyone no matter the type of stroke it was... I'm in my 12th year of survival now and as I look back over that time frame knowing I am not as dependent now as I was when the stroke first happened sorta makes me sad by wanting to be much more independent than I currently am... I have to continue thinking I am still a survivor just not able to do many things I did when the stroke first happened...   Waiting to Deliver little puppies::

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Finally We Got Rain Yesterday

We had been waiting a long time for rain and finally it came yesterday while I was taking a nap with my vehicle windows down more than usual thinking it would be really sunny day.... Well I got up to go let my SUV windows up and I got soaked real good all over by the time I got them rolled back up... My drivers seat was wet had to place a dry towel there to soak up some of the water so my lesson learned is leave my windows up maybe a very small crack on drivers side but not enough for rain to ge

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Here We Are In The Fall Of 2015

In Texas the fall of the year is here, leaves falling all over the yard yet the trees are still somewhat green and no rain now for over 50 days this year... A big record since 1983!!! However the weather man and women says we will get rain coming our way next week for sure but only at 20% each day...   Some is better than none I guess since the ground has started to have big cracks in the yard and around the house foundation... I'm not able to water or turn on the sprinklers like I used to do

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My Story, My Stroke 2004 And My Long Hospital Stay At That Time!!!

This is my story about my stroke as I remember this long afterwards and the first thing is the doctors said high blood pressure was a contributing factor as I was only 62 years old operating a bowling pro shop inside a bowling center... I was home alone that day when I noticed my fingers were not working on the computer keys... I stood up to see what was the problem and fell.... I pulled myself up on the bed and fell again so at that time I knew something was terribly wrong with my body...   M

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Well, It's Time To Blog Again

I haven't blogged in quite some time and the reason is nothing much has changed in my condition... I'm still at home with the little dog while my grand daughter is back in school and by the way she turns 11 years old tomorrow the 17th... I guess she will have plenty to say when I pick her up after school tomorrow...   I'm sure she will hit the door looking for birthday presents from all her family members especially me, grand Pa.... I'm sure her mom and grandma has gotten her some gifts they j

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My physical Condition Has Changed

Well you all I don't get around much any more, my walking has gone away from what it was when I first got out the hospital 12 years ago... So I know without having another stroke my physical abilities has changed every since our trip to to Vegas back earlier this year when I mentioned my falls on the shuttle buss.... Then I had my right knee operated on to put the tendons back to the muscles..   My left side has been paralyzed from the stroke so I can't depend on it very much to help me walk o

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Well, Football Season Is About to Kick Off

My past time is keeping up with the football schedules to watch as many games as I got time to see.... I watch college and the Pro schedules too and already I wonder how Tom Brady and the Patriots will do this season??? He will be under a watchful eye of the NFL for sure after the news today that he destroyed his cell phone as if to hide something he didn't want anyone else to ever know about him....   So I will see what team this season win the most games and make it to the Superbowl!!!!!! If

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12 Year Report On My Stroke Journey

It's now been 12 years since the stroke and I'm still paralyzed on my left side and one handed, leg too, for that matter but I'm alive and kicking just not very high :roflmao: at all.... Recovery for a stroke depends on so many factors mental and physical so from that standpoint I'm doing pretty good I think....   My walking is a lot slower and my strength is about the same on my right side with no feeling on my left side to speak of but I'm OK with my progress at this point in my life.... I

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Wife Number Four And No More For Me I'm Trusting God!!

I read Asha's Blog, low and behold, she is so right her first time around being married..... I learned why I'm married now for the fourth time and it's been 17 years already..... My longest marriage ever because God put us together in His own time.... I am so blessed to have this wife in my life especially after surviving a stroke 12 years ago now....   I met her at the bank when I went in to get a money order from a teller.... She was the supervisor and overheard my conversation with the tell

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Summer Has Arrived In Full Force

Well it's time for me to get out the water hose today and start watering my lawn front and back as I have St. Augustine grass which needs plenty water when it gets hot in the summer plus my yard man cut it a little low this week.... I don't want to buy any more plats of grass from Home Depot it has really gone up over the years....   I try to water it front and back early in the mornings and very late in the evenings and this year I pray the mosquitoes are not too bad... I don't need to be bit

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The Military Services (Each Post) Are Cutting Troops

Well our government does what it has to do on each military base and that means people will be laid off both military and civilians alike... Unemployment will rise for sure and the minimum wages probably will not be given to all workers...   I guess this move by the government has been approved by all heads concerned I just question the out come for the nation being a retired soldier myself... I think they said all military bases and that to me would mean bases overseas too....   Give me you

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Growing Up And Understanding How Life Goes

As young kids growing up in big families you never know what life holds for you being successful in life... Many times you say to yourself "I don't want to suffer like my parents did and have all those kids to raise up." Well, I got married to my childhood sweetheart, we had two kids, a boy and a girl.... I joined the Army went to Germany and a daughter was born... We returned to Texas had a son two years later but discovered my wife had a terrible blood disorder and we couldn't have any more c

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Enjoying The Summer With All The Rain

What can I say,the rain is upon us here in central Texas and the wind is a little strong at times, but no storms so far.... I just don't understand how some parents can let little kids play outside unattended and get swept away while playing in the streets that is flooded to get washed away down stream near their homes and drown in the deeper waters so deep into the runoffs and valleys that leads to the streams and rivers....   I know schools are out for summer breaks but I drive up and down t

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My Physical Condition Now

My physical condition now is getting very hard to handle as I am not as mobile as I once was when I first had the stroke 12 years ago.. My ability to walk with a cane is very, very tough and it wears me down.. It's my left leg and side which is very paralyzed yet I must depend on that leg in order for me to even stand up to get moving...   I don't know what happened but it was not another stroke and the MRI's suggested it has a lot to do with my back and the nerves where I got shot in Vietnam

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I'm Thinking "Go On A Trip??" With My Family Members!!

Why am I thinking go on a trip???? Well to start with it will be a change of scenery then mixing with other people on vacations and enjoying being with the whole family and relatives too when we get to their locations... Sitting at home day after day can get old real quick and make you feel like you are missing something... Getting out and about gives you more challenges in your ability to get about and be among other people and activities of your choice...   Since I use a scooter as does many

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Vacation Time Is Here

Time seems to be moving fast, the kids are out or getting out of school, in most cities across the country and my wife is ready to make it to the casino again but this time just her and I.... I'm thinking she wants to make the trip back home to New Orleans so she can visit her sisters and brothers there while having a big casino to hang out and do some gambling, her favorite past time...   Well the trip will be by car not like going to Vegas by air and using those shuttle buses to get around t

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The Rain Is Taking A Break I Think? The Ant Are On The Move!!

For now we got clear skies all around and no rain... We have had many drownings in many cities in Texas especially Houston... There are many waterways all over Texas and many of the people just don't pay attention and still try to drive through the water and get swept away down stream... Many of the deaths and drownings came from the people trying to force the issue of crossing low and high water crossings instead of turning around and don't drown...   Maybe I'll get to go outside for a change

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Finally Finished With All My PT

Yesterday was my last day with receiving PT from an agency as they did all that could be done for me in helping my walking get better... I had my MRI Friday to evaluate my left side as I am paralyzed on that side since the stroke nearly 12 years ago... Now I will continue to ride my exercise bike at home to keep improving every little bit I can while the lady still comes in home for one hour each day provided by the VA...   I think it will be a week before I get the results of the MRI from the

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I Got Home Health Care From An Agency Again!!!

Well you all I don't get on here as, often as I once did almost daily, because I got a lady that comes in 5 days each week from 9 to 11 am helping me recover some more from what ever it was that caused me to be almost helpless... It wasn't another stroke but I can't do what I could do just months ago, IE, walking, stooping, reaching down to get something off the floor etc... Now I have to use a reacher to pick up things down low or on the floor, and even get bottles of water from the refrigerato

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Ben E. King, Blues Singer Died And BB King Is in Hospice At His Home In Las Vegas

Well, I thought I would Blog this news of two men I knew very well as I was growing up in Houston Texas and by the age of 18 I was able to attend concerts both of them gave in Houston back in the days while I had just finished high school during those years which seems like so long ago now...   Blues singer Ben E. King died a couple days ago I saw on TV and I think he was in his 80's a few years older than me...He was a great Blues singer and performed many times in Houston Texas where I got t

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Baseball Is Here, Basketball Championships Are Ending

The seasons have changed and one sport is ending and another one starting up all the while golf is being played in several states by the best players in the country... There is always sports on the TV to entertain us that stay home most days while our wives or husbands are working...   Hope you all had a good Spring Break week with the kids at home, I did, and enjoyed my grand daughter being at home with me and her little dog... We rode around in the neighborhood on my scooter while she rode h

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Spring Is In Full Swing

I have spent some time outside in the yard trying to get my St Augustine grass growing and green again and the tree in my front yard too is green again... So as I stand and look at that I feel pretty good that I accomplished something even in my condition and using a scooter to get around and do all I do with very little help...   Surprising enough I get all this done daily with the little dog on a leash and watching me work... She waits for me to finish so I can take her for a walk around the

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Baseball Season Again Full Circle But The NBA Is Still Going On For Awhile Longer

As if you didn't know college basketball ended I enjoyed every game and the championship games were very exciting to me both men and women games... So now I got to unwind and get ready for the NBA games and championships then the baseball games!!!!   Meanwhile I will be reading the message board to keep up with what's happening here!!!! See Ya!!!

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Easter Is Almost Here

I think of watching the little kids with their big Easter baskets on the Easter egg hunts usually held at the different church grounds just for them to find the eggs themselves without mom, dad, or brothers or sisters help... I spoke with people I know that work at Walmart stocking who told me they put out many baskets and they sold out...   So to all the members here I hope you get to be involved with your kids, grand kids, friends and families to make this Easter special as an outing... I'm

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March Madness and College Basketball Is Just About Over

Well I have been glued to my TV watching college basketball both men and women games since our local college (Baylor) women is still in it playing real good so far and made it to the final 16.... I didn't make or enter any brackets I just watch the games... There are way too many teams and regions to keep up with that many games, my little brain won't allow me to do that....   Then it's just about time for the Pros to get into their playoffs and of course Baseball is right around the curve I k

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