becky1

Stroke Survivor - female
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  • Birthday 08/27/1956

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    02-03-2007
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  1. becky1

    I have the same thing, only not as wide of a gap as either of you, I don't think. I was told pretty much the same as Heather, with a few differences mostly because I'm in a wheelchair, so some things need to be handled a little differently. First, I think that you need to understand that where your arm bone fits into your shoulder bone is not a ball-and-socket arrangement like other joints in your body. It's more a bowl-and-bone arrangement as the shoulder part is a smooth, bowl shape, and the arm bone, which is ball-shaped simply rolls around on its surface. This is what allows you to raise
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    GQ, i THINK THAT THE STANDARD ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS THAT IF ANYTHING HAPPENS OUT OF THE ORDINARY, TELL YOUR DOCTOR.HAVING SAID THAT, IN OUR PAST DISCUSSIONS ON SIMILAR ISSUES, IT HAS COME TO LIGHT THAT MANY OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED SIMILAR SENSATIONS, WHICH CAN BE SCARY. WE HAVE CONCLUDED THAT SINCE THESE SENSATIONS COME ON QUICKLY, AND LEAVE JUST AS QUICKLY WITH NO HARM DONE, THAT THEY MUST BE PART OF THE BRAIN'S "SEARCH AND RECOVERY"PROGRAM IN WHICH IT TRIES TO ASSESS AND FIX DAMAGES DONE BY THE STROKE. BECKY
  3. Kathy, I didn't have that kind of stroke or surgery I think that there are some who did. I just wanted to welcome you here, and wish you luck in your recovery, and finding all of the information that you are seeking Best, Becky
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    Deigh, it's pretty much the same here as for winding down in energy by the afternoon. During the early evening hours is when my foot and ankle start to really bother me. I guess it's because they are tired and stiff from being mostly stationary all day. This is when I do the circular exercises with my foot a lot. Becky
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    Deigh, About your stiffness in ankle and calf-I get the same thing, It's probably tone. But, ln thinking about it, I realized that I don't move around much either, which is one of the reasons you can get tone in the first place. When it gets cold, my ankle, foot, and lower leg areas can get downright achy feeling. During one of those achy periods, I posted about it on here, and was told by several people that movement helps. So I experimented with different movements and found that circular movements worked best for me. What I mean by "circular movements": I draw imaginary circles in the air
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    GQ, My mother had that surgery several years ago, but the reason for it may have been different from yours; Her toes curled under so that when she walked, she was walking on top of her toes. FWIW, THE SUR5GERY WAS SUCCESSFUL, AND SHE NEVER HAD THAT PROBLEM AGAIN,
  7. Especially if you have 2 kids in college you need to get his SD-Social Security Disability app. going because it is a long, intensive application, and they can take up to 90 days to process it. I heard that they wee allowing you to do an application by phone; They probably still are in these COVID day s .Another reason Disability takes so long is because they commonly deny your 1st application, and you have to re-apply, and wait another 9 0 days. If they do this to you, hire a Social Security atty. They will file the 2nd app for you. I vote for more rehab if insurance will pay. You can n
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    CONGRATULATIONS ON BOTH COUNTS: HAPPY 70TH, AND HAPPY SURVIVING !Becky 🕛9=t \
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    Leah, Good to see you back, but I understand that the circumstances in your life have been difficult. The rehab you had after your stroke was hard because the connections between your brain and your muscles had been broken. This time, the connections are still there but your brain has to remember how to do things, but it doesn't have to re-learn everything like it did the first time. YOU'LLL STRUGGLE SOME, AND HAVE TO WORK HARD SOME, BUT HOPEFULLY, NOT AS MUCH AS THE FIRST TIME.
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    Can you befriend a cat? They make great companions too.
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    Lg, We have often on here discussed that after our strokes, our "friends" all disappeared. They acted as if we had the plague or something. We needed to know that we were loved and missed, and still had value, in spite of our handicaps. But not a phone call or visit did we receive. The same thing happens at a funeral or wake. People will come out of the woodwork to attend these, but then you won't see or hear from them until you run into them accidentally a year later. My own spin on this is that people don't want to come face-to-face with their own mortality or their own fragility as
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    Lg, Read one of our caretaker's handbooks, THE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEVING, It won't answer a lot of your questions, but it will give you a good understanding of the grieving process. The handbook is based on the teachings of KUBLER-ROSS, and I think that our lending library has that book too. When I was in rehab, they gave me an Ensure a day. It supplies you with all your vitamins plus helps you not to lose weight. I loved the way it tasted, and it comes in several flavors. It's hard to take care of yourself when your heart hurts so badly, but try. 'Talk" to us whenever you wan
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    Lg, I didn't realize that this topic had moved, and thought it was something I'd already read... so I JUST FOUND OUT THAT YOUR LOVER HAD DIED. WORDS SEEM SO INADEQUATE NOW. I'M SO INCREDIBLY SORRY. May you both find peace. Becky
  14. Paul, I have posted on SN before, that I cannot handle stress. Ordinary stress doesn't bother me much, but when it's a lot of stress, or extraordinary, or unremitting, I get overwhelmed and can't function too well. I drop everything I try to hold in my hands. and I have trouble concentrating on one thing at a time. I think that COVID would qualify as a major stressor, then add to it lock-down, financial stressors, and lack of sunshine and normal ,everyday stressors, and your life becomes a haven of stress .I think that lt's possible that your brain is just reacting to the stress, and you are
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    Lg, I've been in a situation somewhat similar to yours, and even though it was over 20 yrs. ago, it feels like it happened yesterday. Throughout my experience I asked the same questions of God that you have asked, but chief among them was, 'Wny?'I never got an answer either. But that didn't stop me from asking. My one piece of advice is to try and be kind to yourself. This includes taking good care of yourself because no one is going to do it for you. Don't give u p on God He's still there .Becky