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guyp 12-21-2012 08:07 AM

6 months post stroke
I have been to the doctor and he said some good things. Six months is not the magic number to get things back it is the number for learning about what has happened to you. The doc said when you first have the stroke you are so scared of it happening again and everything is very scary. Life starts to become somewhat normal after 6 months and your routine kind of starts to fall back into a normal routine. I believe that is true. I have learned to accept what has happen but now I will not give in. I am not satisfied with how I feel and will continue to start over to make it better if possible. I told the doc I was glad to be here with my family and friends. Don't ever give up. Be positive and accept the challenge to overcome the small obstacles to make life better. Only you yourself has the power to make it better for you and those around you. Don't push your family and friends away. We have survived a terrible attack. Enjoy what you have as I have chosen to do. Don't look back look forward.
God bless all my friends n the board and have a safe and wonderful holiday.

Iwamura 12-21-2012 06:58 PM

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Hi guyp! Thanks for the update and I am so proud of you. I hope you have a merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

goingtorun 12-22-2012 12:32 PM

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g'day guyp,
good luck and keep up the great work you have been doing. you have the right attiude. have a merry christmas and happy new year.
wishing you and family, all the best.

guyp 12-22-2012 02:30 PM

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Thanks George. I wish you and yours the very best and Merry Christmas to you and may your next year be better and brighter than the last.


writeleft 12-22-2012 03:40 PM

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I love your spirit and your refusal to let your stroke set you back any more than necessary. It is so important to continue to reinvent ourselves through all the phases of our lives, and having a stroke can be more than enough to knock us far off our paths. It has been wonderful to follow not only your progress over these last six months, but to also watch your spirit soar.

May the next six months show you even more wonders of life, as the harder you look, the clearer the vision.

Your friend, Janet

Iwamura 12-22-2012 07:14 PM

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You guys make me smile.

guyp 12-22-2012 10:16 PM

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Thanks Janet
But without my friends here it would not have been as easy. I appreciate what everyone has done for me and I hope to return it in some small way.

Mulchie 12-26-2012 07:36 PM

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Wonderful advice thank you. Your right it is easy to push our family or friends away in the beginning because we are so scared like you said and we are afraid of life. Time heals all so they say and I guess thats true. Like you said routine sets in. I only hope when your putting your life back in order you will change some things to make sure your taking care of you.
Six months post stroke Yahoooooo Your doing so awesome. Congrats.
God Bless Mulchie

Iwamura 01-05-2013 04:29 PM

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Happy new year guyp! How are you doing? Its been awhile....I look forward to hearing back from you!

God bless,

writeleft 01-05-2013 09:29 PM

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For those of us who are willing and able to express ourselves, using our brains to direct our ten fingers to skip across a keyboard..regardless the speed- We are fortunate!

At ten years along, I encourage you NOT to do what I did...and that is linger in a state of being a "patient" long enough to have to fight your way back. That means keeping your head not only above water, but also fight your way to the front as well.

From what I know of you, my advice is without need.

Your account of your journey forward from your stroke is insightful, and so helpful to all of us here who often this "normal"?

You are part of the core of this forum, and anyone who donates their personal story in the hopes it will help others, is forever rich.


guyp 01-05-2013 09:40 PM

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Yes I'm doing great. There is more numbness and it is stressful. But some things are just kept to ourselves. I am thankful for what I have. Everything still works and I think it's amazing that our brain will allow it to do that. The stroke must have hit my sensory area. I am thrilled to tell my story hoping it helps others cope. And yes it is a happy new year.

Iwamura 01-06-2013 04:25 PM

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Hi guyp......glad you're doing great! Your notes are all so familiar! I am saying this with a smile. "I'm doing great but more numbness which is stressful". I'm at the doctor's visit: dr asks how I been doing? I am doing pretty good at the same time I am boohooing like nobody's business! Lol. Dr says, well you don't act like it! Doctor ask how my pain level? Well, it's okay....but neck, shoulder, arm, hand, leg hurts really bad and very sensitive. Lol then I try to explain how something numb can Sounds crazy doesn't it doc? He gently have to remember you had a stroke. So say you're "great"...which I know means you're grateful! You say your numbness is stressful which really means it hurts pretty bad. Bottom-line is we are thankful and grateful to share our stories with you!

sunnysouth 01-08-2013 01:49 PM

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It's been 9 months since my stroke. I now have more good days than bad ones. I am still working as an insurance agent which can be, in itself, trying. I really have to concentrate so much more now so that I don't make mistakes. I have to be careful of my
driving also. My hearing has not gotten any better and my doctor said It probably won't which has been hard for me to deal with since the real problem that I have is hearing music. After playing piano in church for more than 40 yrs, it's hard not being able to hear when I play now. But I know Who made me and I know that He is able to do so much more than I can ever imagine.
I only missed 1 day from work after the stroke along with a few hours here and there for tests and doctor visits so am quite fortunate to be where I am today.
Apparently I have a gene from my mother and I guess from her dad that caused the stroke. That's hard to figure out but guess it happens.
Hope your day goes well and you continue to progress.

guyp 01-08-2013 05:02 PM

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I just wonder why the doctors don't warn you about the numbness to come. Or if they just don't understand the feeling. It is right about good and bad days. I sometimes feel like I am in a tunnel and yet I see the whole world as it is. What to do? My foot is number than ever. The doc says it will get worse before it gets better. My whole left arm has numbness as well as neck and shoulder. I know it has only been seven months but I'm ready. I just want others to know it is okay. I know not all people are alike. That's why there is my story. Just in case someone has something similar. I sure do appreciate everyone who responds, so thank you to all.

sunnysouth 01-09-2013 07:14 AM

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Well I've never been numb. I didn't have your typical stroke. In fact, I never knew I had one until after a few days of a mild headache I went to see the doctor and had a CT done. I just have a hearing problem as the stroke affected the primary auditory cortex and sometimes I just can't think straight. I am so thankful to be alive and still able to work. I started seeing an acupuncturist about a month after the stroke as I had shingles
and was having alot of pain. They probably can help you as they deal with aftereffects of stroke. If you have one near you, you may want to give it a shot. There are no drugs to deal with and that made me feel better just knowing there wasn't something else to take. When I go I usually fall asleep with all the little needles poked in me. Soulds weird but it's very relaxing.

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