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Old 02-07-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

i just had my first stroke on 1/19/12 and my second one two days later. I am an art teacher and it happened during class. I remember every min. I am trying to recover and am doing ok. i still can't see too well, my left side is still not working right but i am off my walker. also found out i had a heart attack with this. i am wanting to go back to work but not sure i can. i am typing with one finger can't type normal yet. and my site is too blurry. i have to take many naps during the day hope that gets better. i am going to therapy 3x a week, no speech only slur my words when i am worn out. is there hope for my eye site coming back-that really bothers me!?

 
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Sorry to hear about your dual strokes. Don't know about your particular issues, but I was lucky enough that my symptoms sustantially subsided. It is difficult when the MD's say you may or may not get back XXX so matter of factly. It is a very short amount of time for you. Sending you good thoughts.

 
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Re: recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

Hello and Welcome
I am so sorry to hear about the strokes and heart attach. Are you undergoing any tests to find out why?
The tiredness seems to be a common thread with everyone here. I still have a nap in the afternoon and my stroke was jun 2010. I really think you need to take time for your recovery. I dont know if your vision will improve but I do know you will get better. You will improve how much know one knows but it is gradual and takes time. The doctors like to tell you if its not improved in three to four months its not going to improve. That is just not true. I am still improving and so much of my progress happened gradual over the months. Im glad I did not listen to them. My periferal vision was effected by the stroke and although they said it wouldnt get better, it has.
You are not very far into your recovery and I think you need to take time for that. When we have a stroke our poor brains take a hit and swell. It takes time for the swelling to go down and rest seems to be a healing factor. Dont feel bad about the amount of sleep your requiring its normal after a stroke. Its good for your recovery. Dont rush back to work if you can. Take time to heal. Let us know how your making out.
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Re: recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

Hello to you and welcome...you have found such a wonderful place to be at his early stage of your stroke recovery. Most of us here are also stroke survivors, and survivors we are! A stroke is a major event in our brains that do take lots of time to recover from, but you have many things on your side already.

You did not mention your age, but the fact that you have had an active life (I am assuming, being a teacher), and were in good health (again, assuming by the fact that you worked full time)...not to mention that you are already able to type, one finger or not!

I share some of your experiences... I too, am a survivor of multiple strokes. I had four, when I was snorkeling, plus a heart attack. I did not however have such a positive outcome at first. I spent the first three years unable to talk, walk, write, or even think straight, I was asleep a good part of the time. My biggest recovery began when I came here in my fourth year, I am now nine years into my recovery. By now, I can do anything I could do before, and have found a new and wonderful life after my strokes. They have taught me so much about myself and life.

Everything you are experiencing is completely normal. Please do not try and rush through this phase, the brain is doing everything possible to re-establish the connections that make all of your lost functions work again. Until those blood supplies are all re-routed, and the signals are all connected again, your brain will shut down some of its lesser important functions. That is the reason for lots of sleep, Most of your healing is being done while you sleep, so by all means, sleep when ever you can. Do not try to overdo it. Allow yourself all the time you need to recover, because it is imperative for a full recover. While I know you are used to a very busy life with lots of people counting on you, this is a time just for you to focus on you. This is one of the hardest part for many people.

I have found that life slows way down for us stroke survivors. after all, your life has been spared for some reason. It is not to jump back into the rat race and do it all over again. This is the time for reflection and searching your soul for your purpose in being spared the worst possibilities of stroke. At least these are my interpretations...

The one thing that many of us have learned is how beautiful the simple pleasures of life are. These are the things that we can focus on while the rest is speeding by.

You might want to read a thread on this board called,"What is the best thing you have learned from your stroke" or something similar. It gives you an idea of what some of us have found in our stroke recovery.

For now, this is your place to ask questions, seek advice, and have a shoulder to lean on,,, We all have been where you are right now, and we understand all that you are going through. It is ok to be mad, sad, and confused, anything goes. I hope you find thing place to be a grea tool for you during this difficult time..We welcome you to our family!

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Re: recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

Hi skerley,
You are really a trooper. Just had a stroke and found this forum and typing with one finger. You are a winner buddy. You will be fine. It takes time to heal after a stroke and it seems in our life now there is never enough time. You have to run here and run there, do this and do that all before 6:00 pm. All the time life is going away.

Mulchie and Janet gave you some good "notes". I can't add to much. All I know is that you will be ok. Don't worry. You already have the right attitude, so keep doing it. A stroke is only a new stage in your life and will be very more hopeful that you can imagine. If you just let it be.

God Bless you my friend,
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I'm sorry you had the strokes. I know how you may be feeling. I had multiple strokes on one day in May of 2007. It was terrifying. I lost some of my memory spanning the year before and six months after the strokes. I had a difficult time talking afterwards. I also had a crazy burning anger, that slowly went away after about a month. Thank God, I never had another one.

I took my health much more seriously after the strokes. I improved my diet, stopped drinking alcohol in excess and started really listening to my body. I slept more. I started walking for exercise. I started taking vitamins and supplements to improve brain function. I started praying more and really taking the time to meditate each day. I let things go that I had no control over. I quit worrying.

My strokes came from stress I am sure. I do everything in my power not to get over stressed now. My good habits made me lose weight and have more energy. My prayers and meditating helped me really look at my life and relationships in a constructive way.

I pray for you that you can use this crisis as a growth experience and can improve your health. You may have even felt completely healthy before the strokes. I know I did. But we usually have room for improvement in our health. It is wonderful that you chose to share on this site. Support is greatly healing. Blessings to you and a quick recovery.

 
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Re: recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

I'm sorry you had the strokes. I know how you may be feeling. I had multiple strokes on one day in May of 2007. It was terrifying. I lost some of my memory spanning the year before and six months after the strokes. I had a difficult time talking afterwards. I also had a crazy burning anger, that slowly went away after about a month. Thank God, I never had another one.

I took my health much more seriously after the strokes. I improved my diet, stopped drinking alcohol in excess and started really listening to my body. I slept more. I started walking for exercise. I started taking vitamins and supplements to improve brain function. I started praying more and really taking the time to meditate each day. I let things go that I had no control over. I quit worrying.

My strokes came from stress I am sure. I do everything in my power not to get over stressed now. My good habits made me lose weight and have more energy. My prayers and meditating helped me really look at my life and relationships in a constructive way.

I pray for you that you can use this crisis as a growth experience and can improve your health. You may have even felt completely healthy before the strokes. I know I did. But we usually have room for improvement in our health. It is wonderful that you chose to share on this site. Support is greatly healing. Blessings to you and a quick recovery.

 
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Re: recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

I can only imagine how you are doing. Just like how each of our students are different, each stroke is different. Keep on following the docs advice, do the therapies, and accept the help and support from friends and family. For me that has been the hardest, as also a teacher, I give support to those in need... not receive it. What's making that easier is thinking of it not as charity, but as collaboration towards recovery. We all know that collaboration is important in the classroom, but now we can take that philosophy and apply it to recovery.

My stroke last week was minor and I'll be back with my kiddos preparing for the 2nd grade concert (i'm an elementary music teacher) hopefully following this presidents day weekend. It's been rough been away from them this past week, but it is comforting knowing they are pulling for you to get better and return.

Best wishes and I pray you continue this healing so you are able to shortly return to those things that you love the most.

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Not being, able to go to work has been the worst! I cry alot because I feel I should be back by now but docs aren't releasing me yet. my situation is bad; we have a principal who loves to make her staff jump at every direction she has. I am not only an art teacher K-4 but a reading tutor, an interventionist for phonics the first 45 min. of every day as well, we have to have all of our meetings during plan time cause there is not enough time during the day,. I also do morning and afternoon bus dusty She is always criticizing me for not doing things exactly as she wants-a lot of stress at work; I really don't enjoy myjob any more but I need the inome. So I do believe that is why my blood pressure soars and I had strokes!! Everyone in my building complains about this we have severl teachers in therapy for depression because of her. So I want to go back to the kids but not my boss!

 
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I read a statistic along the lines that while 80% plus return to work, less than 1/2 return to the previous job. Now I'm sure much of that is due to physical requirements of the job, but I'm guessing for many others that the stresses created by the job that led to the high BP in the first place are still there when they return.

Are you sure we don't have the same principal? haha. One of my two buildings has averaged 3 or 4 teachers leaving per year since I joined them due to false accusations, revenge tactics, and pure lack of professionalism on the part of the principal. 3 or 4 may not seem many, but the entire building staff is only around 15 teachers including specials. There are many schools out there looking for qualified teachers, especially english & reading specialists. Many schools are not like ours in that they have skilled leaders as principals. I'm only 31 and I'm not going to let a lousy principal stand in the way of my health, you shouldn't let one person stand in the way of your health either. I started looking before my stroke because I did not like the situation and now following it, I'm going to re-up my efforts.

If teachers are suffering for high bp, strokes, heart attacks, depression, etc the union needs to get involved. contact the president of the local chapter, have him/her contact the state level to send a uniserve director there and see what can be done. No boss is worth that amount of stress.

But those are discussions for the future, right now your focus needs to be getting better, working towards recovery and putting the stresses of work out of mind. For now, work on enjoying the time with family and friends, enjoy your leisure activities of reading, enjoying your surroundings. If you are able to get there, go enjoy and check a new exhibition in your local Art museum.

Continued healing to you and remember you have support all around, you are not wandering through this chapter alone.

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Re: recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

Wow sherley,
I am so sorry that your work has made even others get depressed. As a teacher I am sure that you know ASCD. I worked there for 2 years before my stroke. I made really good money, but the things that went on there made me take a stand, and I lost. Integrity doesn't matter anymore.

But that doesn't matter. I want to say about your crying. After my stroke, I had I month of a crying spell. I can't describe it at all. My wife was so worried about me and I told her, I just need to cry. So I cried everyday for about a month and It just stopped. It is the weirdest thing. But understand this. After a stroke our brains are altered. You have to understand that you are different now. Your crying will stop. Don't try and hold it back. Let it all out and the sooner you do, the sooner you will get you your next phase in your life. I was lucky that my wife kind of understood and just let be cry. She was worried at first, but I told her I just have to do this. So she let me go. So you may have that phase after your stroke. Remember that like me, I lost everything, so what is there not to cry about. But a strong person can get through it all will God's help. You are strong. So just cry when you need to and it will be over soon.
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i had mine at work also and yes the confusion is horrible. it took a few weeks for my eyesite to get better. still if i spend to much time reading it blurs up again. and my balance is not what it use to be. and i slept a lot the first few weeks after i came home. it was scary even to make a coffee or tea. a vein blew out in my brain behind my left eye. i had to be flown by helicopter for surgery. i thought i wasnt going to make it. but i did. and still there are times i can see something in my mind but cant name it. cant talk cant write etc but im trying to over look the disabilities. but it makes me so depressed im ****** off that i wake up. im not the same. fell off my step stool at christmas for no aparent reason just fell. thank god my husband was here and helped me to bed. to this day my head is sore where surgery was done. my husband and i have a joke when i feel out of it and shake or a seizure we say what great wacky tobacky what a rush lol! if i laugh it passes in a few minutes. but i do dread getting older some times. i will pray for you. god bless

 
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thanks for the support ; yea it's good to know sometimes i just start crying for the dumbest things and i do try tokeepit in but can't. thanks!

 
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Re: recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

Hi Skirley
I am so sorry your feelin down. It sounds like you should not return to work until you are strong enough and maybe not return at all. Its not right and not fair that one person can cause so much stress and tention in a building. They are suppose to be modivators, encouraging staff to excellents. They are to set an example not drive people to getting sick. Some bosses like the power and enjoy watching others squirm. I know you need the income but really you need to get well. After a stroke your body needs to heal. How long has it been since your stroke? Maybe your doctor is doing you a big favour keeping you from returning to work. I know you are worried about your job but my dear you need to be concerned on doing everything you can to become well. Push through the confusion and emotion and just take time to heal. The job you describe is very stressful and requires energy. Make sure your ready before you go back. Please let us know how your doing. God Bless Mulchie

 
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Re: recovering from stroke on 01/19/12 my birthday

AS difficult as it is, this is the most important time in your life to keep all of your focus on yourself and your recovery. This can be the hardest thing to do for those of us who have always been very busy in service of others. When we have devoted much of our lives to others, we can easily loose the ability to put ourselves first, which leads to all the medical issues, stress and fatigue that have likely influenced your strokes, if not caused them directly,.

Work needs to leave your mind completely so you can learn how to relax and allow yourself to heal properly. Strokes force us to rethink everything, and the time to do that is now. Accept you doctors suggestion that you are not yet ready to return to work. Believe it or not, everyone at your job including the children will be ok without you. Your boss may ever get the chance to see what she is missing with you not being there, but even that is not your concern.

If you have been lucky enough to come out of this thing almost whole, the next on might not be so kind on you. None of us can afford the chance to have another stroke.

Please take this time to reflect on your life, and what things need to change for your own happiness and health. Even if you are able to return to work one day, it sounds like the job you had would not be the best choice to reenter the work force and be happy.

Wishing you the best

 
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