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Nevada, USA
Former emergency physician on a journey to return to normal after a cerebral hemorrhage left speech and thinking intact but also left her paralyzed on the left side of her body.
Interests: Reading, learning to walk again, some travel
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It is an ill wind that blows no good. This morning I thought two goods might come out of this lockdown experience: no foot swelling on my left side and time to read. Alas. Left foot swelling has returned half way through the second day of lockdown. Two new cases... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Strokedaze
Lock Down? Yep. Lock Down. Here's the scoop: Last afternoon, Lock Down started here at Hilltop House, the Assisted Living facility where I live, when the Silver State Department of Health notified management that we had residents here diagnosed with Norovirus. Now the dining room is closed, all activities are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Strokedaze
A few days after my last post, I was again able to stand on my Left foot with tolerable discomfort, even with compression stocking in place. So I quit the Quitters' Club. So here I am "back in the saddle again." So far, so good. I, at last and with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Strokedaze
After approximately a month (seems like a year) of increasing compression to my left lower leg, my ankle is once again visible. But at what cost! It seems I have discomfort all the time, but most distressing is the fact that it so hurts to stand on the leg that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Strokedaze
We have all heard that laughter is good medicine. And so it is. Every once in awhile I come accross something that gives me a good belly laugh. A few days ago I happened to see a TV ad that caused me to have a good belly laugh when I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Strokedaze
Several years ago a number of friends began talking about the book Regretland. At the time I was intrigued by this as my Buddhist group throughout the years stressed the concept of living a life of no regrets. However a few days ago as I began to reflect upon my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Strokedaze
That is what you can call me for now: "Madam Porcupine" for tomorrow I embark on a course of acupuncture. Why? Because in my stroke recovery journey I am up to trying anything that might help while still adhering to the "do no harm" course of therapy. I have two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Strokedaze
The East Texas tornado blew in with little warning and then just as quick left. Soon local TV reporters arrived, microphones in hand. One reporter cornered a dazed homeowner standing in the rubble of what had been his home. When the reporter noted that this was the third time his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Strokedaze
Like many stroke survivors, I initially had marked foot inversion on my recovering paralyzed side. A foot brace, lots of physical therapy and tincture of time overcame this problem, slow but sure. I was able to abandon the foot brace and walk without difficulty when using a Rollator. Then a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Strokedaze
Abraham Verghese, MD, author of the delightful book, Cutting For Stone, noted that his stint of working as an orderly while waiting to obtain his medical license was quite valuable: "I got to experience first hand what happened on the ward the other 23 hours of the day." Posted with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Strokedaze
What do strokies share with babies? They both need much sleep for two reasons: Sleep provides recovery time for all the sensory input assaulting the brain. Sleep time is needed to provide opportunity for laying down new neuropathways. (Yes, neuroplasticity is not free: It takes an energy toll.) To learn... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Strokedaze
Fellow Strokies: Why not write about your experience as a stroke survivor to help heal yourself and guide others? Here is a passage from someone who should know about the power of writing your own life story, author Beverly Donofrio: "My books so far have been old-fashioned memoirs, the hero’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Strokedaze
Sir Wiliam Osler, perhaps the most respected and esteemed medical teacher of the last century, wrote, “By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy -- indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at Strokedaze
Today in exercise class here at Hilltop House, I wanted to burst out in tears because my left lower extremity was not participating, retreating instead into its residual paralysis. What got me over this emotional hump was Teddy Roosevelt's advice, which I started reciting to myself as a mantra: Do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Strokedaze
Altitude adjustment: Being back in Hillside House means readjusting to the altitude. We are 4852 feet above sea level, almost one mile high. I love being at this altitude. I spent almost ten years in Denver, the mile high city so this thin air feels good. Still, it has taken... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2013 at Strokedaze
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. --Dean Acheson A big change looms. Later this month I become a permanent resident of Hill House in Mountain Town. My fond memories of assisted living in Hill House right after my cerebral hemorrhage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at Strokedaze
“We can’t run from fate, but can only run into it.”" --Michael Meade My goodness! I am drained, wrung out of all emotion. Some tears remain, but not many. I have just watched the DVD of The Welcome, the Movie. This moving documentary takes you inside the hearts and minds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Strokedaze
I am beginning to get a small amount of sensation back in my left hand. In addition to the "miracle treatment" known as "tincture of time," I think the following three things helped me the most: Taking Vitamin B1 daily at the suggestion of a retired neurologist friend. (Disclaimer: Do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Strokedaze
A few days ago I returned home to Coastside City, leaving behind my coveted life in Hilltop House in the Silver State. I will miss it! Then again, as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said over and over, "There's no place like home." Atmosphere adjustment reigns. Did you know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Strokedaze
A few days ago, I won a toy, while engaging in one of the activities here at Hilltop House. This little toy reminds me, in its own whimsical way, of a time past when one of our nurses at Parkland Hospital wanted to do a study to validate the safety... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Strokedaze
March tunes from John Phillip Sousa filled the air during our exercise session this morning at Hilltop House. And did we ever "March It Out" during this July 4th session. Back home in Coastside the Fourth of July festivities featured the "Sit Down Marching Band," a local favorite. Here at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at Strokedaze
Life as an emergency physician is addictive: the opportunity to see so many patients with a myriad of problems, the ability to "make a difference" in so many lives, the adrenalin high of working under pressure, and then the incredible exhilaration of saving a life in danger. Yet, the practice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Strokedaze
Years ago i attended a conference on treating chronic pain. A family practice doctor presented a session on non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain control. Exercising was high on the list of treatment modalities -- especially walking. "But what about our patients who are wheelchair bound?" Questioned one of the doctors in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Strokedaze
Today was my last day at Coastal Care for a month or so. Tomorrow I pack and get ready to head back to the Silver State. I leave day after tomorrow to move back to Hill House in Mountain Town. I will be there for at least one month, maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Strokedaze
When I first had my stroke, I was appalled to find that there was so little information available to guide me and my family through the process of recovery. To be fair, I was quite out of it the first weeks as my cerebral hemorrhage progressed ever so slowly, with... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Strokedaze