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K8S 01-01-2012 09:08 PM

It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
How fortunate for me to find this forum on the first day of this new year. I spent most of my day reading the threads and thinking maybe what I've been dealt in life can be managed after all. I look forward to sharing my successes and my not so great days with you here on this forum. I hope in turn, I can help, inspire, or encourage as well. Happy New Year to everyone.

Positive Cynic 01-02-2012 11:55 AM

Re: It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Hi K8S,
I am glad you found us too! :) Jan. 10 will be 2 years since my stroke. I can honestly tell you that this forum was a life saver for me. I think I was about 4 months in before I had my wife found this place for me and I was pretty lonely before that. But first I had to re-learn to read and write use the computer again. But it was such a relief to found others that knew how I felt and what I was going through. I believe that this forum and friends I have made here are a big reason for my ongoing recovery. So welcome and I look forward to getting to know more about you as I am sure the others do too. Remember we are all stroke survivors - never call yourself a stroke victim or I'll have to get Mulchie on to you with a stern talking to you :D - Just teasing you my friend.
God Bless,
Tim :wave:

Mulchie 01-02-2012 07:16 PM

Re: It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Tim's right This board was my saving grace and the first thing he told me was to stop calling myself a stroke victum. I am a survivor. Yes! It was a good pc of advice and that was only the beginning of me feeling like I was among friends.
It was a year before I found the board. One very lonely and confused year. I was given a lot of help and encouragement by people who knew exactly how I felt and exactly what I was going through. Like I said finding the board and great friends like Tim and many others was my saving grace. We are glad you found us.
Ask questions. rant. we are all here for you.
God Bless Mulchie

knkdouglas 01-02-2012 09:17 PM

Re: It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Welcome! I just found this board recently as well. So far it has given me some hope, which is what I need. I think I should be 'back to normal' but I'm not.

I'm almost as 'good as new' My doctors think that have to do with the fact that I'm so young (35) and that my blood clot was smallish!

I hope you are able to find some relief!

K8S 01-03-2012 06:57 PM

Re: It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Thank you for your responses. It's wonderful to have sincere and helpful people out there. I've had a couple of really good days... pain is tolerable, especially if I keep busy. I really can't complain since I can walk well enough and use my left hand for most tasks, just not as fast as I did before. Thanks for being out there.

ennbee 01-05-2012 08:31 AM

Re: It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Dear Kate:
Welcome !!! It does sound as though you are making good progress. I am 12 months out from mine and still have virtually no left arm movement. I can walk very short distances within our condo but not without left leg and hip pain especially if I am tired. Will you be having PT and OT?? I did not find hospital PT tailored to my needs/goals but we have home PT now which while costly has been very good (especially for my arm).

I sincerely hope you continue your progress and share your good news with us.

Blessings :angel:

K8S 01-06-2012 09:11 PM

Re: It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Nancy, thank you for you response. I was lucky enough to spend a month at Toronto Rehab, an absolutely wonderful facility. The staff, from nurses and doctors to the PT's ans OT's were stellar. Even the food was good. It is because of their care and encouragement and my determination that I have progressed the way I have. I have been fortunate that I regained control of my arm and leg as I have. I know it does not come back that quickly for other stroke survivors, but it can in time. I still get physio twice a week for my shoulder and for other achey parts as needed. I keep myself as busy as possible and I don't notice pain then. In fact, I'm starting a beginner's quilting class. It will be good OT for my hand.
Keep working that hand and a massage might help your hip and leg. I know it helps me. You might even ask your doctor about outpatient therapy at Toronto Rehab. They have a few locations in Toronto. My doctor from Toronto Rehab is a physiatist who specializes in rehabilitation medicine. She is sooo good. She understands rehabilitation. There are lots of options in TO. We are so lucky to live in Canada.
Keep us posted on your progress. Everyone on this forum knows and can understand what each other is going through. Here's to a better 2012.

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