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  • I've had at least to more strokes...

    I had a minor one 2 weeks ago & a bigger on Friday @ 6:30 AM. The EMT's were fantastic & took me straight downtown to the stroke center. The Docs MRI'd me & decided it was an ishcemic stroke (not hemorrhagic this time) & they pumped me up with TPA & made me lie flat for 24 hours.

    They didn't keep me long though; I guess they wanted to keep the beds open. They sent in a couple physical therapists to make sure I could (sorta) walk, talk & at least one hand would work & they waved me bye-bye 3:00 Sat PM!

    While I was there they found I have 60% stenosis in my left carotid so as soon as I can see to a specialist I hope to get it fixed. It took me almost an hour to type this & I’m slap wore out!! At least you guys get a break from my diarrhea of the keyboard.

    Milton in Collierville, TN ya'll.
    Last edited by DICKEYBIRD; 03-23-2020, 08:15 PM.
    Milton

    "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

    "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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    Sorry to hear of your health issues, here's hoping for a quick recovery!

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    • #3
      Geez! Hoping for a full recovery and a quick one, Milton.

      -js
      There are no stupid questions. But there are lots of stupid answers. This is the internet.

      Location: SF Bay Area

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      • #4
        Hope for a complete recovery this time too!

        Dan ( I hate strokes)
        At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

        Location: SF East Bay.

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        • #5
          I'm rooting for you too Milton! Hopefully the specialists can get you in fairly soon.
          Chilliwack BC, Canada

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          • #6
            Get better, Milton. And keep posting here: it's a good physical and mental therapy.
            Mike
            WI/IL border, USA

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            • #7
              Real sorry to hear that. Listen to the doctors and take better care of yourself.

              Get better so you can make chips again.
              Paul A.
              SE Texas

              Make it fit.
              You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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              • #8
                Hope recovery goes well!!

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                • #9
                  Take care of yourself, I’m sorry to read about your stroke, they aren’t funny, I had one induced by 3 big arsed doses of heparin, the clot busting stuff, it really messed me up, my short term memory got hammered, and big bits of long term, very frustrating when you can’t remember things. I sympathise with your predicament
                  all the best
                  mark

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                  • #10
                    Take care Milton I hope you recover fully. Keep your chin up and eyes on the horizon and keep moving forward even if it feels like you're not making very much progress. Even small victories are still victories.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks all for the well wishes fellers!

                      My right hand is slowly getting better & I can't tell you how happy that makes me. I spent a few hours piddling around in the shop yesterday and with some particular movements, I was able to function pretty well like putting up tools (and picking them up off the floor a lot.) No turning handles yet though.

                      Went to the neuro doc yesterday for an eval. & she expects steady progress, yay!

                      I go to my cardio doc today to hopefully get set up for a carotid endarterectomy (they ream out an artery in the left side of my neck.) I hope he can convince the powers that be that this is not elective. I’ve been lucky so far but I don’t want to roll the dice on another one!!

                      Milton

                      "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

                      "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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                      • #12
                        Get well Milton!

                        Are you doing _lots_ of pt? I hope they prescribed lots of in home PT. It is absolutely critical to restoring your normal function - rebuilding the brain pathways. They call it neuroplasticity. It isn't the 'lift heavy stuff' PT that we normally think of, it is just lots of repetitive and familiar motion. It is also normal to make some progress and then have it revert back a bit.

                        Most people don't like being told what to do, but this is a case where it is really critical. It isn't something that us lay people know much about. You can probably find videos. In the case of a stroke, the repetition and time spent doing it are really key.

                        Even light stuff like bouncing a balloon around. From one hand to another. It seems like a simple thing, but there is so much brain stuff going on.

                        Another thing is using your right hand and left hands together. Like when they are both touching a common object or each other, while making a motion. That helps the two brain halves work together on restoration and repair around damaged pathways.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the info G, you are very knowledgeable about it! I went through a week of inpatient PT when I had the bad stroke in 2015 & they had me doing all kinds of silly things at first. I could do some things right away but others took months to do. This time they sent me home & said to go see my neuro doc.

                          I drove to the cardio doc successfully today (YAY!!) He said at my age I'll have to have the procedure done where they slit your carotid arteries open like a banana & scrape the sludge out. 1st the left then then the right on another date. I'm really hoping I'll have more energy when done. Meanwhile, I'll keep piddling in the shop to get my hand back up to speed. Best therapy there is!!
                          Milton

                          "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

                          "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DICKEYBIRD View Post
                            I had a minor one 2 weeks ago & a bigger on Friday @ 6:30 AM.

                            Milton in Collierville, TN ya'll.
                            Well Fukme! That sucks Milton. You are a Brilliant man. Thank You. JR

                            My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                            https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JRouche View Post
                              You are a Brilliant man...
                              Wait, what? Did I have a previously unseen brain glitch during the stroke that left me brilliant? Perhaps a power surge during one of the MRI's? Thanks JR !

                              Milton

                              "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

                              "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton

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