but have trouble writing. It's legible, but painfully slow.
I know what you mean! Those fine motor skills take a long time and much practice to recover. My writing is a mess..illegible scrawl, crossed out words etc. Thank goodness we can do nearly everything online these days! If I had to fill out long forms by hand it wouldn't be pretty. If I have to send a birthday card, it's a major project for me and I feel like I'm in second grade again, having to concentrate so hard on just forming each letter.
All I wanted to be able to do was drive again. The feeling of getting behind the wheel for the first time alone after the stroke had me as excited as when I first got my license so many years ago.
I have a question, and a comment for you. After my stroke, I couldn't tap my foot in time with music to save my life. Luckily, that skill returned. It returned spontaneously. One day I couldn't do it at all. The next day, I could do it. I played saxophone (alto and baritone) from the 2nd grade, through high school. Thatinstrument I was good at. The guitar, not so much. I play just for personal entertainment, or to disturb my daughters. If I really want to make them mad, I'll sing too. I figured I'd learn mandolin,too, because it is so small, and I need help with small motor coordination. It only has 4 strings, so it has entirely different chords than a guitar.
Music is a great therapy tool (device?) because it forces you to keep the tempo, or fall behind. It doesn't wait for anyone. Anyway, I'm all for getting a stroke survivors music group going. I never seem to be able to tell where I'll learn something from.
Another hobby of mine is stereo, and vinyl records. I bought my big-rig stereo before I got married (I'd never be able to afford it these days). I also have about 10,000 LP's too. Those get spun on a regular basis. So, I am both a hardware, and software guy. Of all the LPs I own, I have every genre, rock, jazz, blues, country, classical, swing, but no rap.
My other avocation is semi-work related. I spent 20+ years in the telecom industry (I installed the phone systems for Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and others too). We phone guys used to laugh at the haphazardness of data guys. We were always so persnickety about things. Everything had to be just so. Data guys never were like that. I wondered what would happen if I were to cross-pollinate those skills. As of this writing, I can make a PC jump through a hoop. I can also design web pages, having taught myself HTML, and CSS. I don't do it often enough to be really good at it though. At least I'm trying to keep busy. Ah, well... Dinner's on. More later.
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For me, driving has definitely given me a sense of freedom. Nothing did it like getting on the highway for the first time. I did wonder, though, how many people worse off than i were on the road too. I also thought I'd leave a path of dead, and maimed humans in my wake. It never happened. I'll probably jinx myself, but I haven't even been in one accident.
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Mine is having trouble in the opposite direction. Nothing interests me and 3 bites and I am full.
I am not sure what would make the most sense for you. Maybe try to eat something that you used love, like Oreos, for example. I'd try eating a little more each time, to stretch out the stomach. I spent a few months eating liquid crapola out of a tube, so real food was ingested greedily, even if I didn't have the capacity. My yawning pre-chewed food all over must have been a real treat! Now, my appetite is second to none. My ability to eat is unsurpassed. If it's not moving, I'll eat it.
lol goood post. I have tried old favs and new. I will just keep on trying lol. Andrew despairs as dinner approaches. He has a great appetite for anything.Just the sound/look/smell can put me off. I remember well having "thickened food in hospital made with their best leftover wallpaper paste. Then it was A.B.C Diet (already been chewed). haha
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With every good wish,
Thickened food sucks like new Hoover. I had problems swallowing, so a thickening agent was added. I have no idea what it was (camel snot?), but it made swallowing the actual food more disgusting. I think I'd rather have a coughing fit. Besides, half the food it was added to was thick already.
Whenever anybody writes, I try to respond right away, but usually I only at my PC during the day. Don't worry. I am not ignoring anyone. There's just so much reality TV to watch. I especially like the new one, Barfing On The Star's Legs.