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Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases | Last Active: May 1, 2019 | Replies (32)

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My strokes were about a year a part. I did about six months of in house physical therapy with home therapy afterwards. I am currently functioning pretty well. My blood pressure has been below the norm (110/70) with the help of blood pressure meds and no blood thinners including baby aspirin. I feel light headed most of the time, but have learned to live with it. Also, since having the strokes, my wife said that I have become mean. I am on anti depressants which she says helps. I have a Fitbit and walk 10,000 steps a day. I also try and lift light weights. I have also made arrangements with a local neurologist who I hope will keep me current on any new procedures regarding a cure. I also check the internet regarding work being done on finding a cure. Other that that I keep my fingers crossed that I don’t have anymore strokes. As I have mentioned before I have been told by the people at Mayo, Rochester, MN that past experience suggest that I will have a ten percent chance of having another one each year. As I like to say I have a ninety percent chance of not having one. Hope I may have helped you. Good luck to you in a long future!

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It is good to hear that you know that the opposite of 10% is 90%. Not everyone figures out that if we are told that we have a 50% chance of rain today that we also have a 50% chance of not having rain. Have you noticed a difference in your stride after using your Fitbit? When I am rested, in the morning, I have a longer stride than at night when I am tired. I hope your experience with a neurologist is better than the one I had. Neurologist try to prevent strokes not work with those of us with strokes. If you can find someone who works with post-stroke victims please share what you can. When you said that you "feel light headed most of the time" is that the same as dizzy? Half of the meds I take can cause dizziness. I had the choice of taking an antidepressant or talk therapy. I would rather talk with someone than take another pill. My insurance covered both.

I knew when I was in the hospital that once I was sent to rehab if I did not take over my own care that I would not fully recover. Before my strokes I had purchased a copy of "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. and knew what I had to do to recover from my strokes. As soon as I was able to reread the book I did.

The only person I know with a stroke is not "high functioning". He has given up, never tried doing things and does not appear as if he wants to. When I knew him before his stroke he was not very active, so I guess he has not changed. The first thing I wanted to do once I was in rehab was knit. I knew that knitting would get my right hand, arm and body back to working together. I did lots of knitting and all the knitting that I did helped with my keyboard skills. The keyboard skills helped with spelling, spelling helped with writing, writing helped with reading and…. I am progressing forward and ageing backward, at least I feel I am going backwards in somethings. Like forgetting things as my friends are forgetting them, it has gotten to the point I cannot blame things on my stroke anymore, when it is my age.

Thank you for letting me blow off a little steam.

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