Not in celebration of, but nearing my two-year anniversary of my stroke, I figured I would jot down a few noteworthy thoughts that may be at least a bit interesting…
- Overall day-to-day outlook starting with getting out of bed in the morning has improved dramatically . Early on, each day literally felt like having to psych myself up for an up-hill marathon. Personally haven’t run one and can only imagine, but I have accomplished similar endurance sports activities. The early days in recovery were by far the most taxing both physically & mentally endeavor I’ve ever undergone! So while at times still very difficult, it has gotten a bit better
- “Bad Days” are less frequent – energy, strength, outlook on life, etc. Again, certainly some now & than and nowhere near ‘normal, but they are getting better.
- Cognitively I have improved in day-to-day life activities & at work. Mental focus & memory has drastically improved. I still find myself forgetting tasks that should come as automatic (closing garage door or turning off lights).
- Endurance still being worked on. Walking has gone from not being able to at all to now walking three or more miles/day. This summer, with a good friend, I cycled over 30 miles going up some serious hills on the trike around Vashon Isl.
- Significantly reduced my intake of the damn Rx drugs. Now down to only the Lamotrigine for my seizures, I can’t see having to take any new drug for a long time. It took a long time to convince doctors to not push drugs at me, but I feel as if I’m finally there. Initially taking those needed early on agree is important, but as far as I’m into it, weaning off of these has been great.
- Frequency of seizures has lowered. They were 1 every 3 months, but they certainly seem held off by: time since stroke, sleep regimen and exercise, the Lamotrigine (which someday I will stop), occasional cannabis, and now perhaps Magnesium supplementation. Hard to really prove one or another, but looks to be working…knock on wood!
- Day-to-day living tasks & work has gotten easier. Like doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, taking the recycle out, etc. As my affected arm & hand SLOWLY improves, I’m able to do more & more now.
- Insomnia has improved a bit – or at least I now have good approaches to deal with it should it come up as it occasionally still does. Good sleep regimen & exercise key!