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  • Birthday 05/04/1952

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  1. will2

    Tracy, what excellent buddies to keep you company! I have a few Chewy boxes scattered about in my house too
  2. will2

    Deigh, though I'm sorry I on't have any kind of solution or helpful suggestions, I've sent a small prayer out for you that leads you to some proper relief. I wish I could do more but maybe it'll help.
  3. will2

    Heather, yea he's a real "first world problem solver"...
  4. will2

    When I need a good listener, no really...as long as I can keep his attentions!
  5. Hi Kathy, actually I didn't mean to purposely neglect your thread concerns. When I read that you would like to hear from others who have had the endarterectomy and their recovery experiences I elected to defer to those who have. My event was from an aneurysm that ruptured and subsequent stroke during the surgery. I did however send up a prayer on your behalf. Though I can certainly relate to stroke symptoms and deficits and the emotional turmoil that often accompanies it. I certainly share and emphasize with you there. Post stroke has immensely changed and rearranged my planned future, my rela
  6. will2

    Tracy, you brought up a point in my past recovery that many overlook because they would rather be left in the past. I can imagine that in most recoveries that there are both moments of successes and exhilaration as well as the failures and feelings and agony of the defeats. I've definitely had my share of both, and took what I could benefit from either. You mentioned crying at one point. I've had my share of those moments, shared by none, alone, frustrated and felt hurt and defeated to the core. I cried out to God as a child would to his Father. The one that really sticks out is I had a fall i
  7. will2

    The last time I was hospitalized a few years back for a cardiac event, (stent and a valve job) it was the smallest things that hurt the most. A nurse would periodically come in to poke my fingertips for blood sugar analysis and when I saw her come in my room, just the look on my face gave me up. She said apologetically yea...I know it hurts. All of my fingertips were bruised from that tiny needle. The last day I joked with her and said, yea, go ahead and stick me, after all I'm paying for the abuse! We both had a good laugh.
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    It's kinda quiet tonight, and a little bored so I'll add this story since Deigh mentioned the breakfast container coming around. After being transferred to a second hospital during inpatient rehab closer to home, in the rehab wing they had this rather large fella with a device on a cart that would measure the amount of fluid in the bladder. Much similar to when they do an ultrasound for pregnant women with that gel and device they move around to get an image. I was under doctors orders post surgery to keep track of this. If the bladder registered a certain percentage of fluid he would catheter
  9. My first and most memorable was shortly after my brain surgery the staff neglected to tell me that I stroked during surgery and that I probably shouldn't get out of bed. Not knowing this, I needed to use the bathroom and went to stand up and crumpled like a wet noodle to the floor requiring 7 stitches above my left eye to close the wound when my head hit the floor. Now that folks was an awful rude awakening. The doctors rushed me into to have scans/MRI to check the coil repair on the aneurysm to make sure that no further bleeding had been started. Good thing for those special pain
  10. will2

    Janelle, I can't say that they're normal but, I often get these migrating pains and/or throbbing similar to a headache that moves about. The only thing that kinda bothers me is it's post stroke so now I take these type of anomalies a little more serious. If you're concerned it would be wise to check with your provider.
  11. will2

    My simplified perspective over the several years post stroke is, to say or challenge, or not. Most often I choose not, because I'm relatively sure that the outcome will likely be tainted to a degree with my stroke sense. I take time to weed thru it and pray to enlist my higher nature, I've learned to put more trust in that approach. It works for me. For a quick recent example my wife and I reached an impasse that could have led to a more destructive rather than constructive path. I chose not. I retired to my room and prayed about it, asked my higher power shine some light or clarity on it rath
  12. will2

    I agree with you Janelle, and for whats it worth, I wouldn't change a thing even if I could. It has moulded and shaped me and my behaviors as I am today and thats not such a bad thing. Honestly, like Deigh and his reminiscing thread, I often think back to those days and really miss the fun, the much simpler life, but growing out of it is a big part and I truthfully was more the late "adulthood bloomer" I didn't make major changes and get my stuff really together until I reached about 30ys old. Even at almost 70yrs I'm still learning, growing, and oftentimes changing but it's more spiritual in
  13. Sue, thats an easy one for me. My only complication is that I write too much oftentimes, and my mind keeps going on and on. I sometimes have to catch myself and stop, or just delete my post entirely. Pre-stroke, I was mostly the quietest introverted guy on the periphery, now post-stroke sometimes I can't curb my thoughts, they just run on...I apologize for doing this as I'm really not a blabbermouth. At home there are weeks that go by and the only words expressed were to the cat. You folks are my invisible friends from afar...
  14. will2

    Janelle, my claim to fame (hippy) has long since expired by about about 51yrs and though those were some really great years growing up in the late 60's and 70's you'd never know it by appearances. My sister is only a year older and she attended Woodstock. So many years later we both reminisce about those days but these days we all live very respectable and rewarding lifestyles. We are often stigmatized with being the early drug culture, but is a whole lot worse these days with crack, meth, designer drugs (ecstasy) heroine and many other more harmful drugs. We did a lot of dope smoking and lis
  15. will2

    Deigh, I can only imagine the balance and coordination it takes to ride one of those things! These days I'm good just to navigate up a few steps post stroke. I have a great Trek bicycle just siting in the garage but as much difficulty I've had with walking and navigating, especially uneven surfaces, there's no way I'm going to try the bike. I've had a few good falls, to include a fractured vertebra from a good fall in the house. Now I have out of my love for outdoor cycling thought about those 3-wheeled bikes. I see a lot of them in our area. We even allow golf carts on the public roads in my