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Old 02-08-2012, 09:28 PM   #31
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Re: Had a stroke on Christmas Day need help PLEASE

Mhart,
What a nice reply, you seem like a such a wonderful soul ..... I also have kids close to your kids age, mine are 25 and 30....
They do say that losing weight lessons sleep apnea sometimes, but we all know that takes time, and is not always easy to do, hopefully you can, because it's good for your health all the way around, but if your apnea is bad, get it treated, the CPAP machine has worked wonders for my husband....
You should talk to your husband and kids, and tell them how you feel on the inside, they probably have many feeling too about what has happened, I know that I wanted my husband to talk to me after his stroke, I wanted so badly to know how he felt.... if you can't talk to them easily, then write to them just like you do on here, you express yourself very well with words.
Don't hold things in or it will make you anxious..... let it out.
I don't know if you have ever done Yoga, but I am actually an instructor, years ago when I was pretty overweight I started going to Yoga class and it REALLY got me in touch with myself and made me calm, I lost all the weight and it started with Yoga.... start small, and work your way up..... your are still young, you have so much life in front of you, so be strong, live healthy, and don't be hard on yourself. You CAN do this, it's worth all the effort.......
Take care, and write anytime!!

 
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #32
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Re: Had a stroke on Christmas Day need help PLEASE

Hi Everyone, Hope someone can help. Remembering I had a stroke on Christmas Day, I am still trying to overcome my fears. On Friday (today in Sunday) I developed a toothache which hurt when I ate some cold cantaloupe in my classroom for lunch. It has plagued me all weekend. I tried calling dentist on friday but they were closed on fridays (go figure) I am really scared that it will end up being an abscess or something. I figure with the way things are going lately why should it only be a small cavity easily fixable. That's unfortunately where my state of mind is now. Thing is my neurologist says I cannot have any extensive dental work done while on all my meds. HELP!! I am calling dentist first thing tomorrow morning. What if they can't help. I don't know if I can emotionally or physically handle any more pain. Any help or idea???

 
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Re: Had a stroke on Christmas Day need help PLEASE

Hi again...

I wanted to touch on the sleep apnea a bit. Following my strokes, I did develop sleep apnea, which I am still being treated for, In fact, just earlier this week I had another sleep study in which I spent the night at the sleep center to check up on my condition.

I just want you to know, if you do turn out to need treatment as well, it is something you can do and find great results. This is a fairly new area in medical research and it is a fascinating and amazing area of study. These days, so much has been learned about how our quality of sleep affects every part of our day, and how sleep apnea can be treated so well, that you can relieve yourself of most of the symptoms and take them right out of your life. I will be glad to help you through it when the time is right for you.

Back to right now, and your most current concerns..I can see how two different doctors might give you two very different time frames about your recovery. I can see how the one month estimate could be appropriate for the time you can start to consider yourself out of the immediate danger of another stroke. You are at home, physically able to care for yourself..you are compliant and actively keeping your doctor visits, your medications are working, your blood pressure is being controlled, things like that. You have to remember, every patient does not take their recovery as seriously as you or I would, some continue very risky behaviors, do not follow up with their doctors and resist medications every step of the way. You are not one of those patients.

I can see how both time frames could be used to measure your recovery. Since you are doing so well since Christmas, I can imagine that by summer, you will definitely see great improvements. Fpr one thing, your state of mind will have had time to process all that has happened to you so much more by then. Hopefully you will stick with us and we will have that much more time to share our experiences and you will have had that much more time to see your own personal growth. We are not going anywhere, and I see all of us still here to find out!

The one thing that really gives you the proof you need to trust in your recovery is time. As each day passes and you get to know that you are safe and your symptoms are diminishing, There is simply nothing else that will convince you. We can assure you that you will be better, but time is the real factor that you have to experience for yourself. Of course, we will be happy to watch your confidence rise, and your symptoms to slip away.

In time, you will have so many "firsts". The first time you do this and that...those all add up. You will also have all the feedback from your family and friends..they will build up in you, and they all add up in your mind.

Unfortunately, there is no way to skip this part and it is hard. If it wasn't really hard, the rewards on the other side would not be as great. And we can tell you that the rewards are great. WE all got through it, or are in it with you right now. I am one who has honestly changed my life in the process of stoke recovery and I feel as strongly about it today than I ever have. I wouldn't come here everyday for all these years, if there wasn't something very powerful about it. The ability to continue to help people through this life changing event is what makes my life complete. It is just wonderful, and having people in this world like yourself, that are in need of our support are why we come back.

Blessings, Janet

 
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Re: Had a stroke on Christmas Day need help PLEASE

Hello
I can so relate to what you are saying. After my stroke about 5 months later( might not have the date right) I had to have a tooth extration. Oh I couldnt believe it after all I had been through. I was mad as hell and couldnt believe it. However, My dentist sent me to this specialist who got me in right away. He pulled the tooth and sent me home with some pain meds. I never had any difficulty at all. Having the tooth pulled was the worst case senerio. You might only need a small filling done. Now days the dental tech they have its amazing. I know what your saying though I was mad and scared but it got dealt with and I went on. You will too. Dont be so afraid take one step at a time. Only One. The others will follow and when your only dealing with one step its not so frightening. Get in to see someone asap. They pulled my tooth and Im was on stroke prevention drugs.
We can relate to what you are saying because we are all scared at first. You are so early in stroke recovery. YOu need to lean on your friends and pour your heart out. It helps. Know that every day you push that stroke date further away you are becoming heathier and stronger. The shock of the stroke becomes less and less and you become so much more in your new life. Please do some yoga and calm yourself. Your b/p and health will thank you for it. Dealing with the reality of your stroke is what it is. When the dust settles and the calm comes you realize its okay and march on into a new life. You are stronger than your giving yourself credit for. Have some faith in yourself believe in yourself and you will do amazing in your recovery.
Prayers going out to you to calm your anxiety. God Bless Mulchie

 
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:28 PM   #35
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Mulchie, I went this morning to the dentist. He said I need a root canal but the tooth was not abscessed. For today he drilled a lot and said he cleaned everything out and put medication in tooth and some temp topping stuff on it. I have to go back in two weeks to have the rest done. My problem is that after being home and novacaine wore off the tooth pain is still there. I just got home from school (I teach) and called dentist, got recording saying they were on other line and I left a message (about an hour ago) still no call back. When I left there this morning he (dentist) told me that my tooth pain would be gone, and the "heartbeat" you feel in the tooth would be gone. But its not. Yuk! I thought I took care of it. I was under the impression that he deadened everything and it would be okay now. These things are ganging up on me. I thought I took care of it this morning but now I don't feel any relief!! Thanks for you support Mulchie, I can't tell you how much it means to me.

 
Old 02-13-2012, 06:27 PM   #36
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can any of you good folks tell me the difference between heart attack symptons and anxiety/panic attack symptons??? after my stroke they tested my heart in many ways and said it was fine, but After a terrible day at the dentist/toothache and lots of anxiety, I suddenly feel this evening an irregular heartbeat or butterfly beat and hot flashes and when I stood up almost a feeling of passing out. any help??

 
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Re: Had a stroke on Christmas Day need help PLEASE

Please go and get checked out right now. A doctor and a ECG will tell you. The fact that you are asking those questions means your worried so please go right now and get checked out. Let us know how you make out.
God Bless Mulchie

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Old 02-14-2012, 04:38 PM   #38
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i still have some of the feelings you are describing. i was told i was under weight. numbness tingling. muscles moving on their own. leg cramps that are horrible. i still have times im so weak. out of energy. my left foot still does not act right it doesent clear the floor like the right. have to be careful so i dont trip and fall. stairs are a little scarey. been stuck at home now for months. feel out of controle of my own body. at least your not alone. my husband works 12 hour shifts at night. from 6pm to 7.30 am i am alone. i have a daughter who lived close by but i wouldnt let her and her girlfriend move in so she does not speak to me. she says im crazy after the stroke and tells every one who will listen. her girlfriend hates me because i caught her trying to steal my pain killers after the stroke and surgery. so a lot ive had to figure out on my own. so hang in there and god bless

 
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:29 PM   #39
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Hi Mulchie, I went to doctors today and they examined everything and told me it was a classic panic attack. I was so scared. I haven't been that anxious since the days following the stroke. I am feeling more relaxed tonight. Doctor was very nice and explained that it is very common for these things to start happening around this time in recovery (6 wks or so after stroke) I am really trying Mulchie. thanks for your support.

 
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ladywolford, so sorry to hear that you spend nights alone. I would not like that either. When did you have your stroke?? Mine was Christmas Day. I sure can understand not wanting your daughter's friend to move in after finding her stealing your meds. Maybe your daughter will come to her senses. I'll pray for you. Keep your faith. I am trying hard to do the same.

 
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may the 4th of 2009 national stroke day lucky me!

 
Old 02-14-2012, 05:56 PM   #42
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Holy Crap, on National Stroke Day! that stinks. I thought I was bad on Christmas Day.

 
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nope, baby cakes that ones all mine lol!

 
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and ya know what? i didnt even get a thank you card for giving my support lol!!

 
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Re: Had a stroke on Christmas Day need help PLEASE

I am soooo glad you got checked out. And Im glad you got a nice doctor. YOu should feel better and relxed knowing it wasnt heart. Do everything you can to relax. Surround yourself with things you love. Watch funny movies DO NOT WATCH THE NEWS. Listen to beautiful music and sit in your favourite chair and your favourite spot in the house. I was watching dr oz again and this doctor was showing a breathing tech that is very healthy for us. He said you should do it 4 times and do it 4 times a day. Its very simple. Breath in counting to the count of 4, hold to the count of 7 and breath out to the count of 8. Its hard at first but I have gotten better at it and its very relaxing. Some of those yoga breathing exercises are a saving grace.
Laugh as much as you can. It is such good medicine and relaxes the body.
Take care keep in touch. God Bless Mulchie

 
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