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Board: Stroke 12-06-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,192
Posted By growagourd
Re: Dealing With The Holidays After A Stroke.

A Tasmanian hug, I would welcome Wayne. I am back to the HB because it offers so much to both parties. You might remember me as I get more involved.

Initially I had 4 strokes while snorkeling, 13...
Board: Stroke 12-02-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,018
Posted By growagourd
Re: Sensory overload after stroke

Hi there, I have to agree with Positive Cynic. I had 4 strokes 13 years ago, and several recently. Full recovery is the goal, but it is so much more than that. Even after all these years, and all the...
Board: Stroke 11-26-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,206
Posted By growagourd
Re: 6 Strokes at 46

Hello. Been a long while since I posted here. Since I last posted I've had 6 strokes. Most of those were brainstem strokes. The kind that usually leaves the victim either dead or locked in and unable...
Board: Stroke 11-25-2015, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,192
Posted By growagourd
Re: Dealing With The Holidays After A Stroke.

G` day old friend! I am another who has come back, I have just had more strokes and know what an impact this place had on me. I consider it a major party of my recovery. So I'm back too.
Board: Stroke 11-25-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,192
Posted By growagourd
Re: Dealing With The Holidays After A Stroke.

You offer some great ideas about handling holiday stress. I would allow yourself activities, only what you feel comfortable with. Having a buddy to stay by you might really help. Happy Holidays
Board: Stroke 11-25-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 523
Posted By growagourd
Another round with strokes 12 years later.

Hello, After 4 simultaneous strokes 12 years ago, I found these Healthboards and slowly began to type the words I could not express to anyone. My last sign off was 4 years ago when I unexpectedly...
Board: Stroke 11-25-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,461
Posted By growagourd
Re: Sleeping 18-20 hr a day, 1 1/2 yr after stroke

I can assure everyone that lots of sleep is perfectly normal. 12 years out, and I still need 12+ hours at night and often take an afternoon nap as well.Our brains just shut down to heal the stroke...
Board: Stroke 11-25-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,171
Posted By growagourd
Re: Cerebellum Stroke - Recovery Help

Hello Mike,

I'm so sorry to hear of the struggle you are having following your stroke. Recovery is a slow process, requiring lots of patience. It sounds as though you have lots of plans up in the...
Board: Stroke 11-25-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,171
Posted By growagourd
Re: Cerebellum Stroke - Recovery Help

I am a 24 year old rugby player. I collapsed at rugby training in New Zealand with extreme dizziness and nausea. I was rushed by ambulance to the ER and they did the relative scans. I had a...
Board: Stroke 09-09-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,617
Posted By growagourd
"Hello, Friends."

Hello friends,
I have also been pulled away from this board, as I have grieved the loss of both of my parents. You might remember me as write left. So I have missed the comradery, and the writing,...
Board: Stroke 09-09-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,796
Posted By growagourd
Re: My Dad had a stroke but wont believe it

Hello Misy.

I am a survivor 0f 4 strokes at the age of 43. I am ten years into my recovery, and I hope my words will help a bit in the family crisis.

My first observation is that he is a very...
Board: Arm, Wrist & Hand 02-01-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 784
Posted By growagourd
Re: Wrist pain after sledding accident...

That sounds painful and since you have medical insurance, I encourage you to get to the doctor! It sounds as if you need an xray to make sure there is not a break. Broken bones which are not properly...
Board: Relationship Health 01-22-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By growagourd
Re: not sure what to do anymore.

Considering this is a five month relationship, I would move on. Why stick with a guy who jumps arounds so much and cannot break off one relationship for the next? I am all for staying friends with...
Board: Women's Health 01-22-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,378
Posted By growagourd
re: Sagging breasts... physically feels uncomfortable

I can totally relate!

I know it is very common for women to have uneven breast size. Of course, age, gravity and nursing children all have an impact on where those perky things end up. For many...
Board: Relationship Health 01-22-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 808
Posted By growagourd
Re: Should the man always say "I Love You" first?

You could always say just what you said here, "I love the way you make me feel", or any other feelings you can express, rather than simply "I love you". Many men, and women get very frightened when...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-22-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 754
Posted By growagourd
Re: Is this safe or should i be seeing a dr!

Hi there,

As a fellow cardiac patient, I would certainly call your doctor tomorrow. This racing heart you describe has gotten to the point of debilitating you in your everyday activities. I would...
Board: Stroke 01-22-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,008
Posted By growagourd
Re: Stroke and intelligence and thinking

Hey Richard,

No worries! It does take some time to get the flow of things around here, but soon it will becomes second nature. When I first came here, I could not type, or even remember what I was...
Board: Stroke 01-19-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,008
Posted By growagourd
Re: Stroke and intelligence and thinking

Hi Richard, and welcome!

You have found a great place to gain understanding and insight to the many aspects of stroke recovery. While each stroke is a very individual experience, as a group we...
Board: Sexual Health - General 01-19-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 714
Posted By growagourd
Re: long distance sex

I would simply let him know that this is not working for you, and you would rather wait until you can be together for intimacy. If he finds a way to change your feelings about it, great.
Board: Parenting Issues 01-19-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 748
Posted By growagourd
Re: Puberty

It is quite common for young and older women to feel hot flashes during both puberty and menopause. Her body is going through a huge homonal change, which can cause these symptoms.

I would...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-16-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 488
Posted By growagourd
Re: Thyroid swell if Hyper?

Thankfully, you have new labs coming, which should give you the answers that you need. Does your doctor take the time to explain all your results with you when you have new labs? If not, you should...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-16-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 488
Posted By growagourd
Re: Thyroid swell if Hyper?

In my experience with hypothyroidism, and levathyroxine, I have not encountered any swelling in the gland itself. I do have nodules on both my thyroids that my doctor can feel and see on the scans. I...
Board: Chronic Fatigue 01-15-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,840
Posted By growagourd
Re: doctors who prescribe adderall,dexedrine or desoxyn

You mention that you have been suffering from depression. Have you sought medical help with that? Depression can create the symptoms like the ones you describe. I have found that both talk therapy...
Board: Chronic Fatigue 01-15-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,840
Posted By growagourd
Re: doctors who prescribe adderall,dexedrine or desoxyn

Have you ask your doctor specifically about how these medications would affect your conditions, or interact with other medications you are taking?

I would have a frank discussion about this with...
Board: Relationship Health 01-15-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By growagourd
Re: I Don't know if i can make this work...

Hello there,

I can feel and hear the anguish in your words, and I feel for both of you and your son, who must be very confused and feeling displaced having his life turned upside down. While...
Board: General Health 08-18-2013, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By growagourd
Re: dizzy

The dizziness continuing on needs to be re-checked by your doctor. Dizziness is a symptom of something else, and needs to be treated. If you should faint and take a bad fall, or be unable to safely...
Board: Depression 08-18-2013, 10:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 551
Posted By growagourd
Re: Depressed and confused

I would be patient, until your friend has reached out to you again. Imagine she is having a hard time herself, which is making reaching out extra hard for her to do. A 40 year friendship is nothing...
Board: General Health 08-18-2013, 10:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By growagourd
Re: swolen hand

grams,

I would either return to the ER, or seek treatment from your own doctor. Your release papers from the hospital will typically include instructions if your situation gets worse, which...
Board: Colds & Flu 08-18-2013, 10:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,502
Posted By growagourd
Re: How do I prevent pneumonia?

I would call the doctor Monday morning, to report your symptoms. They can then advise you if you need to see the doctor right away and make you an appointment.

You have had several medical issues...
Board: Relationship Health 08-18-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 392
Posted By growagourd
Re: Do we live our life through our children?

I found your letter very interesting, and could imagine myself in a similar situation potentially, as the mother of two single young men. It would likely take every bit of restraint possible, but I...
Board: Lymphedema 08-18-2013, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,260
Posted By growagourd
Can someones leg explode from chronic cellulites?

I have a friend who I watch over, he has been suffering with very swollen, irritated lower legs for years. It has been diagnosed as cellulites, but is has only gotten worse. By today, it was...
Board: Colds & Flu 08-18-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,502
Posted By growagourd
Re: How do I prevent pneumonia?

I encourage you to keep in close contact with your doctor. The wheezing or heavy breath you describe is worth getting checked out. Since a course of antibiotics is needed to treat pneumonia, delay in...
Board: Relationship Health 08-13-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,925
Posted By growagourd
Re: My kids hate my boyfriend

I don't think it is about the right age she should be when you date, it is more about finding the right man. Believe it or not, there are still wonderful men out there that are warm, caring and can...
Board: Relationship Health 08-13-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,925
Posted By growagourd
Re: My kids hate my boyfriend

Your children must come first, particularly your 11 year old. She is at a very vulnerable time in her development, and deserves your full attention, without the distraction of you trying to squeeze...
Board: Relationship Health 08-10-2013, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 732
Posted By growagourd
Re: Male friend... as in ONLY "Platonic" and that is IT!

Since you like to offer your support and understanding, I would suggest that you use this place to do it. There are so many folks here that are seeking some support and you could really help without...
Board: General Health 08-10-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 619
Posted By growagourd
Re: urgently need help.

Hi there,

I agree with the previous poster. Stress we carry can be very powerful, enough to create physical symptoms like panic attacks.

I think if you could set your mind at ease about the...
Board: Family & Friends of Addicts and Alcoholics 08-10-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 935
Posted By growagourd
Re: I don't know what to do about my husband anymore! Need advice!

I am so sorry. I encourage you to seek some help for yourself. There are some wonderful people trained to help families through these kinds of situations. By educating yourself, you will become...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-10-2013, 12:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By growagourd
Re: Increasing dosage myself?

I am sorry to hear that.

Unfortunately we have to be our own advocate for health care. Sometimes it takes being the squeaky wheel to get the grease. Perhaps it is time to put your concerns into...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 08-10-2013, 12:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,697
Posted By growagourd
Re: Depression and Obsession with Conspiracy Theories

I applaud you for you sincere efforts to understand and help your father. I agree that all these highly negative and inflammatory fears are difficult to witness as well as to live with. My blood...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-10-2013, 12:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By growagourd
Re: Increasing dosage myself?

Hello and welcome to the HealthBoards.

I would encourage you NOT to double your dosage of thyroid medication without your doctors knowledge.

I am on the same medication myself at 75 mcg, and...
Board: Family & Friends of Addicts and Alcoholics 08-09-2013, 11:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 935
Posted By growagourd
Re: I don't know what to do about my husband anymore! Need advice!

Until your husband is ready and willing to both face his addiction and change his life to recover from it, there is nothing anyone can do to help him.

You will likely help him most by forcing him...
Board: Stroke 08-09-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 898
Posted By growagourd
Re: Vestibular artery stroke

I would have your husband go back to the doctor. Hopefully he is being followed up for his stroke as this issue should be carefully followed.

When did the pain start related to the stroke? Who...
Board: Anger Management 06-23-2013, 12:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 795
Posted By growagourd
Re: Grumpy Old Man

The best news here is that you recognize the change in your behavior and want it to change.

The view we have of our world is framed by our own attitude. We can force ourselves to stop and look...
Board: Family & Friends of Addicts and Alcoholics 06-22-2013, 11:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 556
Posted By growagourd
Re: Sons Prescription drug addiction

It hurts me to even imagine your pain and fear. It must be the most painful thing to experience day by day, and turning into week after week and month after month.

I wish you the strength to stand...
Board: Relationship Health 06-22-2013, 11:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 568
Posted By growagourd
Re: best friend?

Seraph said it so well.

Friendships have to sway many ways. Allow her to be herself and demand the same flexibility from her. There is nothing wrong with get together's once or twice a month, or...
Board: Family & Friends of Addicts and Alcoholics 06-22-2013, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 556
Posted By growagourd
Re: Sons Prescription drug addiction

Hi there,

As a mother myself, I am deeply empathetic to the pain you have endured, and all that may be in your future,

I encourage you to take part in any education you can related to his...
Board: Depression 06-22-2013, 10:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 633
Posted By growagourd
Re: I feel cursed please respond

True love comes when you are least expecting it. When you have given up, gotten over it, and have completely forgotten all about it. It sounds if you are very close!

You also HAVE to be where...
Board: Relationship Health 06-22-2013, 10:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 940
Posted By growagourd
Re: Found out something by accident

mugwump,

You have stumbled across something which would be very hard to swallow for any wife. If there was nothing going on, there would be no evidence.

Counseling is a great idea. There are...
Board: General Health 06-22-2013, 10:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 303
Posted By growagourd
Re: Hello

Green taste,

First of all, welcome to the HealthBoards. It is a great place.

I have been involved with the HealthBoards for years, and would recommend it to anyone. I spent years here,...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 06-22-2013, 09:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,232
Posted By growagourd
Re: anyone out there in 4th stage kidney failure

Doglady,

By the way, I am a dog lover, so I love your screen name.

Has dialysis been discussed with you? I have actually been on a break from all my doctors, except my cardiologist. There have...
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