I have always been a "cry baby" and all of these recent changes have not changed that. Last Wednesday was my last day of physical therapy, and another emotional day for me. I knew Wednesday was going to be my last day for several weeks and I thought I would be ok with it when the time came...WRONG! As I said goodbye to the therapists that have so kindly helped me to regain my abilities, I wanted to give them a hug and a heartfelt "Thank You". Rather as I said goodbye...tears poured down my face...I said "Ut oh"...and I ran out as fast as I could as to not be embarrassed by another emotional meltdown. I guess since I'm running out without any assistive devices (walker, cane, wheelchair, etc.)...that means I'm good, right? Yes, I am very good, so why the tears? I am so pleased with my physical recovery, but I'm not 100% and I want to be! I feel that without professional guidance I am going to have a much more difficult time progressing. I have read several books, a few of my favorites:Stronger after Stroke and Rewire your Brain Rewire Your Life in the past few months on stroke recovery, so I do know that my recovery will continue beyond the 6 month acute phase and without professional intervention. It's just a matter of setting goals and continuing to push hard to meet and exceed them. Thank goodness for magical neuroplacticity! I have been working on a plan for some time knowing that my formal rehab would not continue forever or as long as I would have liked. No matter what...I have come a long way...I know I am lucky and thankful to be doing as well as I am...and only time will tell how much improvement I am yet to make. So I guess I need to go back in and give them the thank you I intended. At least speech therapy has not ended yet. :) I still need it!!
Welcome to our blog! I originally started this blog in November 2010 just prior to having a major brain surgery to remove a large bleeding cavernous angioma from a deep part of my brain. You can best understand the gravity of our experience by reading the first several entries.(Nov 2010-Dec 2010) I wrote the first one and my sweet, adoring husband, John, wrote the next several (while I was too sick to do much of anything) that documented surgery, immediate recovery, and our reaction to the surgery complication (stroke)that was revealed 2 days after surgery. This recovery process has been difficult but we are making it. We appreciate all the kind words of encouragement we have received and we would like to thank everyone that has participated in helping us along this difficult journey. Also, if you have any questions about my personal experience, please leave them as a comment or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond although I am not a doctor and this is not a replacement for medical care or advise. Please ask a real professional, or probably several. :) I hope to be able to help at least one person along the challenging road of brain surgery and recovery.