Monday was a great day. I went golfing, worked in the garden a little, went to a ball game, went to a concert; and oh, by, the way, i did some work, too. I know I am not back to normal, but it felt like a normal day. I know that this will be a short post, but, it was a great day.
Tomorrow I will preach the funeral for a dear friend of mine. He was the definition of a selfless person. I truly appreciated all that he did, but, when I was meeting with the family on Wednesday a memory came to me suddenly and I was suddenly overcome with emotion. Let me back up a little bit: After my stroke in December, 2008 my license was revoked for obvious reasons and it took me some time and practice before I was able to drive again. I finally got my license back in February, 2009. But, shortly after I got my license back the reality of the severity of my stroke became evident: my stroke had seriously impacted the PONS area of my brain stem, and therefore, a lot of my nerves were negatively impacted. One of the nerves that was damaged was the nerve that controls my eye movements; my left eye would would twitch, at times almost uncontrollably, and that made it really difficult to drive, particularly at night. That brings me to the memory that left me so emotional. Fast forwar
Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your experience. I had a small stroke in Oct 08, it was a lot less sever, I only spent 4 days in the hospital...left with the diagnosis it was a 'fluke'. I'm too young, too 'healthy' to have had a stroke, per the doctors.ReplyDelete
Some of the things you've recorded, the being normal, but not really...the speech, coordination, memory issues, emotional extremes it's not possible to explain to someone who hasn't experienced it. I was unable to continue working at my job the stress was not a good combination with the stroke and they were not very open to cutting back my responsibilities or hours.
Since they didn't know why I had the stroke, they aren't sure if I'll have another, I'm following the current treatment plan, but my insurance changed and I'll be starting over with a new neurologist next month with a HMO.
I'm grateful to be vertical as you said in a post. I make small progress, continually. And, I believe it was grace that I got to the hospital in such a timely manner. My daughter and a friend of mine both happened to be at our home when it started and got me (not really agreeing)to the hospital.
So thank you for confirming some of my experiences of the last eight months, I hope thing continue to improve for you, too.
Sending a prayer your way...Renee