November 11, 2013
A year ago today I had my stroke. A year ago tomorrow I went to the hospital for it.
I don't apologize for waiting. I didn't really understand what was happening to me, the first day. My left leg and left arm seemed weak, but I was still able to scramble my eggs for breakfast, and I could type, albeit with difficulty. That was a Saturday, and my physical condition continued to deteriorate until the following Wednesday (in the hospital), which was the low point. By then, my left arm and left leg were virtually useless. I could still move them, somewhat, but I couldn't use them for what nature intended. (Nature gave me hands so I could type, right?)
Three weeks of therapy got most of it back, and the high point was about last spring. Starting in the summer, I began to lose control over my left leg again. I can still hobble around -- even without my cane, when I need to -- and I can carry a plate from my kitchen to my computer table. I can carry the groceries from the door to my kitchen when they deliver, and I can unpack and store everything. I still have full control over my left hand (nearly as good as it always was) and I can type just fine. But the last time I took a long walk was August, and I wouldn't want to try it now. Even short walks (taking out my garbage, or walking to the laundry room) are a problem especially if I'm trying to carry something.
And I can't stand for long periods of time. About ten minutes is my limit; then I get an increasing amount of pain in my lower left back that only goes away (nearly immediately) when I sit down. I figure that one of the neural circuits which controls one critical muscle is only connected to part of the muscle, and the part of it that's working accumulates fatigue poisons.
I don't generally bitch about my life here, but this is a special occasion.
Posted by: ubu at November 11, 2013 08:35 PM (GfCSm)
It might be worth an appointment or two to a PT for some tricks, though that's a rough one, no way around it. Those are actually the specific muscles I've spent years working on rebuilding without the best of results. Best wishes on a future recovery.
Posted by: sqa at November 11, 2013 09:55 PM (rdcLU)
*Snoopy, from a Mad Magazine parody, "What if the Peanuts Characters Aged?"
Posted by: ubu at November 12, 2013 04:26 AM (GfCSm)
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