Tag Archives: stroke survivor

S.N.A.F.U.

We all do it, the off-hand, “How ya doing?” We say it to loved-ones and complete strangers. No one ever really answers question. The reply is most often the completely meaningless phrase, “I’m fine”. When I’m asked,the answer I think … Continue reading

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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 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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No Habla Espanol. Really.

My husband, Jack and I often seek out tiny taquerias. We love to walk into a restaurant to find little or no English on the menu and no Anglos seated at tables. In search of authentic posole the other day … Continue reading

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Whoa! Calvin!

“I’m not having enough fun right now.”  My favorite quote from my favorite comic strip: Calvin and Hobbes. I am right there with that rascal Calvin, although I’m playing the game according to my own rules, I’m still losing. My … Continue reading

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Holiday Wishes

You will never guess what this post is about: LIDA!* I know, I’m obsessed. I spend  hours each day stretching, electrocuting, and otherwise stimulating my *Little Dead Arm. I can’t decide if  she is a toddler who just learned the word, “No!” or a recalcitrant … Continue reading

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Simplifying Single-handed Life

In the almost 3 years since I’ve been making do with just one working hand, I’ve made a few discoveries that simplify single-handed living. Dressing can still be a challenge. If a shirt doesn’t stretch or button up the front, … Continue reading

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