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!