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45 days since my stoke

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Well, it’s so hard to believe that it’s been that many days! I’ve been at my oldest son, Anthony, and his wife Traci’s house since Dec. 3rd in Fort Worth Texas. I have no plans to go back to New Mexico at the moment, although what I’m still going to do when I recover remains a mystery. My oldest son wants me to stay here, or in the area. My middle son is only about 3 hours away I in Oklahoma and wants me here or there or somewhere closer than southern New Mexico. My youngest son and my two grown daughters want me to come back to New Mexico and take care of them. But that is out. But my younger daughter of the two did text me yesterday and say she got a house so I’m hopeful it is a step in the right direction.

As for me, I start outpatient rehab 9 to noon on Monday 5 days a week. I’m looking forward to it to keep me busy. Still having so much trouble with my right hand shaking and not doing what I want. I keep retyping things done with my right hand, although left works as well as it ever did. Cups, eating, writing, other things with my right hand are harder but I’m not going to give up on working it. My vision is still a little blurry but I can spend more time on the tv or the computer than I could 2 weeks, or even a week ago. Before that, and even a couple of weeks or so ago, I had to close my eyes a lot and rest them and not look at things. Probably too much information, but I haven’t thrown up in almost 2 weeks from getting dizzy looking up or side to side. I still get dizzy from those, and watch what I do. Right now I’m sipping coffee I made and put creamer in and have the house to myself. The kids at are their other grandma’s, and Anthony and Traci had to be away last night. I have phone numbers for everyone though and am okay here by myself. I usually drink green or flavored tea but felt like coffee this morning. I hadn’t had any since leaving; the hospital, and it wasn’t very good there, although the food was good and I had a good sized menu to choose from every day.

At my son’s house is an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub that are full of water but the heat is turned off now. They said no one really uses it. I am thinking about having it turned on when the weather warms up some. Yesterday the street were finally clearing, and most important the driveway, from the deep freeze we had for several days. So I walked outside in the morning on this cul-de-sac and the next. It was almost .75 miles. Nothing like what I used to walk but I’m happy with it.. Did it with my walker outside to make sure I didn’t fall although I’ve been getting around upstairs without a walker sincee there are things to hold on to if I need them. Downstairs is more open and I have been using the walker but last couple of days walking more in there without the walker too. My goal is to not need the walker by New Year’s Day.

I’m also doing exercises with a stretch band I was given at the hospital, and some modified one I did at home to build up my stenthg. I have and appt with a pcp my son reomended and one Jan 5h with the specialist I saw in the hospital. In a month or two I will also have to see a optical neurologist as the swelling continues to go down to my eyes.

So that’s what I’’m doing. When the outpatient ends I intend to join a gym close by. What are you doing to get healthy now and also in case something you hadn’t planned on happens? Specialist and others say that what saved me when I had my stoke. I was walking miles, doing strength training and//or water aerobics twice a month. I had no idea what a difference it would make to me or my kids down the road!
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    My heart aches reading this blog. They told me the same thing when my son died. A little bit different situation, but same advice from others. Putting your dog down is a huge loss. And your health rebuilding is a big one. Will keep you in my prayers.
    1878 days ago
    emoticon I had an ischemic stroke 3 1/2 years ago. I still walk with a walker and have left side limb weakness. I have high blood pressure and take BP Meds and the blood thinner warfarin/coumadin.
    Glad to hear that you seem to be doing fine and that you have a lot of support. emoticon emoticon
    1881 days ago
    Oh, my goodness did not know you had a stroke Linda. You sound like you are making great strides in your rehab and that is great! Keep it up! You will do great, since you were a very strong, active woman before. Hang in there! Glad to hear your are getting better and have lots of help! emoticon
    1884 days ago
    Hugs and prayers, honey. emoticon
    1884 days ago
    Hope that the rehabilitation is going well..

    emoticon We are behind you!

    1893 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Hi Linda, just want you to know you are being thought of tonight and being held in my prayers as always, it's great to see you back and doing so well... HUGS emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1933 days ago
    So glad to hear you are doing better. It is funny how things happen for a reason... even when we do not know or understand what that reason is. I will keep praying for a full recovery. I hope that you will continue to reach whatever goals you set before you. Remember to take care of you... and let others help. You have been the caretaker for quite some time... thoughts and prayers my friend.
    1953 days ago
  • KROLES55
    I am so happy to read of your constant improvement and your recovery process is coming along.. I know that you will increase your mileage... I love the Fort Worth area..
    1955 days ago
    I'm glad the healthier steps you had already taken were able to help you. Keep going Linda, I am cheering for you.
    1956 days ago
    Glad you are doing better and that you have family that is helping you. emoticon
    1956 days ago
    Wow! I knew you had some things going on, but I didn't know what beyond your daughter.
    Good luck on a speedy recovery. Seems like you are fairing pretty well given what can happen with a stroke! Kudos to you for being active and being healthy enough to limit the effects!
    1956 days ago
    It sounds like you are doing very well, all things considered. I have not been around many people who have been through a stroke, but you sound like you are making out and doing well.

    When something like this happens it changes our lives, doesn't it? In your case it will most likely change where you will live, and certainly your perspective on life.

    May you have a total recovery and be through with that walker by New Years!

    1957 days ago
    1957 days ago
    Keep on getting well and taking care of yourself emoticon
    1957 days ago
    Hugs! Glad to know you are improving and will continue to improve. With the wonderful care you are getting and your great attitude you will be hiking before summer. Be careful in the snow weather!
    1957 days ago
    I've missed your updates on the interstate highway.

    It's great that you are out walking and making steady improvements. Keep making progress on the road to recovery!

    1957 days ago
    It sounds like you are recovering nicely.
    1957 days ago
    Glad you're recovering! HUGS and know you'll do what's ultimately right for you.
    1957 days ago
    Linda, I am so glad to hear that you are recovering and those small steps in your recovery are going to get bigger each time. Sometimes we don't know why these things happen, but you know God always has a plan...and perhaps it was to give you some distance from your kids in NM...and for them to learn to make it on their own. Love you, praying for a full recovery. You are an amazing lady.
    1957 days ago
    Linda, I'm so glad to hear you are doing well. If your adult children in NM want you to home home to take care of them I'd take that as a sign that is exactly what you should NOT do!! You've fulfilled your role as their mother - its time for them to be responsible for themselves!!

    Now is the time to take care of YOU, which it sounds as if you are doing quite well!! Congratulations on getting outside to walk - that will do wonders for your mood if you are like me!! I believe as your doctor does - exercise is critically important to our good health!! Hugs!! Marilyn
    1957 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Keep the improvement going! Even if it is millimeters, it is still progress. You will get back to 100% - it will just take some time. You had a great healthy foundation to work with.

    Right now, you need to make the best decisions for YOU. The NM "kids" are all adults, and it is past time for them to grow up. They need to be responsible for themselves . Bless your son and his wife for helping you out and being such great support for your recovery.

    Keep pushing! You will get there!
    1957 days ago
    Linda, it is so good to hear from you and to know you are doing so much better! What a shock it must have been to deal with this. You were so good at exercising, etc., did the doctors say what caused the stroke?

    What about your job? Are you planning on going back to work?

    It sounds like your son and family is THE place for you to be and I'm so glad you have them.

    Take care, do all you are supposed to but do not overdo!


    1957 days ago
    I've been dealing with my own family problems so I haven't been keeping up with your posts. Sorry to hear about the stroke but it sounds like you are doing a great job working at recovery. Do keep working on getting your full functions back. Your body will make new message routes to get it working back to the old proper functioning. It sounds like you are probably making the right decision about where to live. It actually might be a huge help for your daughters and youngest son to have to take care of themselves. Time for you to take care of you. You are making great progress. emoticon
    1957 days ago
    Linda, I am so glad to see you posting and hear that you are improving day by day! It sounds like you have a good support group around you in your son's family, son in OK, and your doctors. I am keeping you in my thoughts and wishing you a happy holiday season!
    1957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/15/2013 12:51:47 PM
    emoticon Linda, great reminder to stay healthy in case something happens. You sound like you are making great strides with your recovery. Good luck to you!
    1957 days ago
    I glad to hear that you are improving and that you have a plan. I wish you patience and continued improvement.
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    1957 days ago
    Thank you for the update. It is good to see you have a plan in place and are not letting this adversity get the best of you. I am working on a mini goal of losing two pounds this week. Today i am off to the gym.

    Have a great day and keep up the great work!
    1957 days ago
    Thank you for the update. It is good to see you have a plan in place and are not letting this adversity get the best of you. I am working on a mini goal of losing two pounds this week. Today i am off to the gym.

    Have a great day and keep up the great work!
    1957 days ago
    Thanks for the update, Linda. So glad you are improving day by day. I think of you often and continue to pray for you. You are a very strong lady. Keep up with the exercises and you will be rid of that walker soon. But isn't it good to know it's there when you need it. emoticon
    1957 days ago
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