I have made so many friends during the past two years that I feel so humbled by all of your concerns and prayers. And again, you have brought such a feeling of "I CAN DO ANYTHING" that all I can say is .... thank you from more then just my heart, but also from my brain. To know, that all of you will be my right hand makes this just a little bit brighter. Please don't get me wrong ... I feel like I see my world through new eyes and I am so grateful.
Now, first on with my challenge to anyone that wants to join me on this adventure of learning. Yesterday evening my husband took us to the book store and bought me two new books to help me try to make my brain work for clearly. I have decided I must be a student again. I will spend whatever time it take for me to complete one puzzle from my "Banana-Grams" word challenge book and read and complete whatever assignment in my "Painless Reading Comprehension" book.
Here is a pictures of them:
I am challenging anyone that wants to go on this journey with me, too.
Use all 21 tiles in this bunch to create a collection of connecting
and intersecting common words in the grid below. The words can
be horizontal or vertical, reading left to right or top to bottom.
Use a grid that looks like a crossword puzzle page (blank)
and make your own crossword.
This first homework assignment
took one hour for me!!!!!!!
Just to give anyone new to my blog, I experienced a minor stroke, called an Ischemic stroke last Thursday right after attending my grandson, Tristan's baseball game. We had just gotten in our car to go home and I experienced double vision in both of my eyes. Luckily we were within fifteen minutes of St. Luke's hospital. The MRI showed a blood clot on the left side of my brain stem going into my brain. TPA protocol was given. To see me, you can't see any effects of the stroke and I am so glad. To look at me, I look exactly the same. But, I have some right sided weakness in my arm/hand/leg. As a left-hander, I am so, so lucky ... but I have to force myself to use my right hand. It is just automatic for me to go to my stronger side. BUT, I AM WORKING ON IT!!!
The only place I am really effected is in the area of my thought process. I have to really concentrate on what I think and to express myself. Right now my words come out very fragmented or they just come out wrong. It's hard to be understood. But, it isn't just the speech ... it remembering things. Like something as simple as getting milk out of the frig and then PUTTING IT BACK!!! I feel like the Absent Professor!!!! It's like my mind is in overdrive or it's asleep.
That is why I want to really force my brain to work. My books are my daily homework assignments now. This will be in addition to physical, speech and occupational therapy. I want to exercise my brain too, each and every single day. It's called practice, practice and more practice.
Now, to talk about my emotions ... how I feel because I want everyone to know from my own experiences.
First of all ... learn the signs and symptoms of a stroke. I actually only experienced one of them and that was double vision. The others are sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm or leg; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes (for me the double vision was in both eyes); sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination and sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
I can't stress that enough!!!!
And, the next is should you have any of those symptoms do not hesitate to go straight to the emergency room. I really, really believe that our actions not only kept me from having a worse stroke ... but, that I am possibly alive because of it.
And, lastly ... my thoughts. Today I feel very determined. I want to think, talk and feel like me sooner than later. Even though it is hard to type this (I make so many mistakes) ... I want to do this. It is important to me!!! And, because of my scrapbook friends here ... I feel this strength today. I know that it will be a roller-coaster for me, but I am willing to take the ride ... if you are.
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Thank you all so much again. I love all you guys.