Category Archives: life

Shatterproof

Edgar Allen Poe said, ” Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” Confession time: I am one of those obnoxious optimists, the kind of person who methodically excavates and studies events in order to discover good in disaster. … Continue reading

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The Deadzone II

Occasionally, friends and their children tumble into my deadzone. I only figure this out when it’s too late. Should we be mid-conversation and a dullness glaze my eyes and my mouth cease its blather, please know I still care about you and our … Continue reading

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The Creep

Warning signs proliferated. I chose not to look too closely. For the first two years of my post-stroke life, I focused on getting rid of the cane and becoming independently mobile, doing things like carrying a cup of coffee from … Continue reading

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Name-calling

This post doesn’t really have anything to do with stroke recovery, except that it’s an excellent exercise in thought organization. Lately, when I pray, I catch myself saying, “Oh, God, please look after that idiot, “So-and-so”. Does the name-calling diminish … Continue reading

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“Uncle!”

Sometimes, I catch myself charging through the day like a one-armed Wonder Woman. Except, I sort of forget about the one-armed part. And the stroke= easily exhausted part. Since early spring, I’ve started every morning with this gung-ho attitude. It’s … Continue reading

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Ooh… that Smell…

Warning, this may be TMI for some people, but for those of us who possess LIDAS there is a point to this. Lida’s fist and underarm are in a competition for the title of Queen of Stink, each endeavoring to … Continue reading

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Candy for LIDA

Like most things, progress is relative. The abilities I celebrate today could be another person’s nightmare. My occupational therapist of 3+ years finally returned to outpatient practice after maternity leave. Armed with a new facility, new gadgets and a fresh … Continue reading

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