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mr. ed

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Posted: 11/26/20 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Over six years ago I suffered a stroke that paralyzed my left side. My left leg is doing better, but the arm is still useless, although I can move it with great effort. My hand still can’t be moved, which thus renders the arm pretty much useless. What has amazed me is how well a person can get along in life minus a limb. I can do pretty much anything, with some exceptions. I can’t tie shoelaces, so my shoes use Velcro straps instead. Same with ties, so I use western style bolo ties instead. I can button my shirts, but have trouble with the top button. I can often succeed using a button hook, though. I can also drive my Toyota minivan OK with right hand only with the help of some modifications.

My greatest concern was having to give up full time Rving, since a certain amount of physical ability is necessary to be a successful Rver. Other than that, I remain positive minded, happy that I can accomplish most tasks with only one arm. I’m also glad I was right handed to begin with.

I’m presenting this narrative as an encouragement for any of you who may some day encounter a similar situation. Even though you feel great at this time, a future medical situation can seriously alter your life. I was in great physical shape until almost 70 years old and felt I’d be Rving through my 90’s. The onset of atrial fibrillation caused my stroke, so I encourage those who may acquire the same condition to address it right away. In summation, never give up hope. It’s surprising what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.


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Posted: 11/26/20 01:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. Ed. Love your positive outlook on life.

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salem wrote:

Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. Ed. Love your positive outlook on life.


Seconded wholeheartedly.

DW has Afib and is on Xeralto. Your story just confirms her decision to use one of the anticoagulants.


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Thanks for the kind words, friends.

BTW, I'm also taking a blood thinner, Eliquis. No bad side effects at all. My a-fib is virtually gone, but Eliquis is a good preventive measure against having another stroke just in case it appears again. I also have a Kardia Mobile EKG testing device with which I can get a readout of my heart rhythm at home. If I were to lose my right side, I'd be seriously concerned and probably not as positive minded. [emoticon]

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Happy Thanksgiving! Posts like this make me realize even more how much I have to be thankful for. It's people like you that serve as inspiration to the rest of us.


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be Douglas Adams

RV-less for now but our spirits are still on the open road.

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DITTO about one arm. Only mine was caused by almost ripping my hand off in a bad fall. It broke the bones then turned the long ends into an inch of mush. After 5 hours on the table they put Humpty back together again, sorta. It's taken me 9 years to almost be able to hold a mug of coffee by the handle again. I exercised by using a keyboard. But powering a manual wheel chair is not possible. Weak grip. But life goes on, with stretch shorts, pullovers (no buttons) and hanging a coffee mug on the crossbar of my walker
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Kudos to you Mr. ED
Positive outlook is major key to continuing on and enjoying life.

Just had my 5th surgery on my 'plumbing'---2 of which were Emergency Surgeries

At one time had both small & large intestines connected to Ostomy Bags
Last surgery reversed the small intestines and put me halfway back to fully connected.
It's amazing what one can deal with and Still function

Today I am VERY Grateful

Keep at it Mr. Ed!!!


Is it time for your medication or mine?


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Posted: 11/27/20 08:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Upon reading these recent replies, I appreciate that there are those who are worse off than I am, and I wish you both the best.

Aside to Mexico Wanderer: Isn’t it’ possible to propel a wheelchair with your good hand And legs.? I propel mine with one arm and one leg. True, it would be easier with two hands, but I’ve had no difficulties at all. In getting around.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I am very sorry that you have such health problems. I hope you get a little better. I also have health problems, though not so serious, and I am grateful to God for what I have now.

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Posted: 12/07/20 03:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Mr.Ed
Nice, encouraging post. I appreiate it. Sounds like something ole Tioga George might say.

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