Tag Archive for recovery

5 percent?

Lots to say after yesterday, but I’ll write it up and post it before the weekend.

In the meantime, this appeared on the Young Stroke Survivors facebook page this morning:

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Moving On…

Tomorrow I’m seeing the neuro at the stroke clinic at Hospital Number 2.  You’ll remember he stole me back from Hospital Number 3, in possibly ego-related act for which I was grateful.  I haven’t seen him, or any other stroke related doctors, in six months.

I suspect that he’ll probably discharge me permanently tomorrow.  There’s a possibility he’ll want another MRI or CT I suppose, but my instinct says he’ll let me go after tomorrow.  Unless there are persistent issues, there’s often nothing new to tell after a year.  And it’s been just over a year now.  It feels like a very long time ago… and what an interesting year it has been on many fronts.

It’s got me thinking about questions I want to ask him, as well as things that have changed in the past year.  Let’s take each in turn.

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World Stroke Day

I do dates. You may have noticed.

I remember it’s a week since, or a month since, or a year since. And not just about the stroke, but about EVERYTHING. I’m sure it’s very annoying for people who don’t. But I do. You probably noticed.

On October 29th it’s World Stroke Day.

Maybe you could mark this one too?

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364 days ago…

This time last year I’d just gotten back from an Island where I’d been househunting.

I’d narrowed it down to a choice between a little cottage with no parking or a flat with no garden. I had decided on the house right up until the end of the day when I realised the ‘lock-up-and-leave-ability’ of the flat made it more suitable.

Tomorrow last year, which was a Monday, all this started. Not really sure how I feel about that.  Almost everything has changed since that time; job, relationship, everything.

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www.hospitalessentials.com

As some of you know, since my first day blogging from the hospital I’ve had a thing about ‘hospital kit’ lists.

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Resources page (look up!)

Right.  Ages ago I said to the Facebook Young Stroke Survivors Group that I’d put up a resources page collating a lot of what’s been said about what was useful.  I also asked them for things that they found useful.  They’re on the new resources page – look up, see the tab?

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Stents, English and Facebook

No posts for ages and then suddenly three things to say.  This post has three points: stents may be bad, English speaking nurses are required and facebook support is priceless.

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Anniversaries of life and death

Humans spot patterns even when there are none.  It’s part of what we do to make sense of our world.  It helps us to feel order.

A few years ago, it seemed like every time I went on annual leave I’d come back to find another member of our team had taken a new job.  Now it’s measured in time since the stroke.

Exactly three months (to the very day) later, I went back to work; exactly six months (to the very day) later, I left said job permanently; and today, exactly nine months on, my boss left my old work too, and a dear person in my circle of friends has died, many decades too soon for my friends to bear.

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Hospital Kit List v2

In the first few days of this blog, I wrote a hospital kit list, and said I’d update it sometime with my definitive list, and never did.

Last night my friend’s 2 year-old daughter was taken to Hospital Number 3 with pneumonia.  She’s MUCH better today, following large doses of IV antibiotics.  One can’t do much to help in these situations. Except, it turns out that I did know there was one thing I could do.  A bag full of essential kit for her mum, informed by relatively recent inmate experience. So here it is, finally, my ultimate ‘get them this’ list for people in hospital (or staying with their kids in hospital).

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Six months today!

Six months ago today the stroke started, right up there in the (lovely) Chief Operating Officer’s office.

Tomorrow, I will run my last big event at work, pack up my desk, and have some drinks with my colleagues and friends on my last day with the company.

Someone from my family has been with that company for the last 43 years, with up to 3 concurrently at times, and I’m leaving.  I’m actually saying goodbye.  And I’m about to begin another new chapter.  Starting with getting on a plane first thing the next morning…

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