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Posted: 02/19/21 12:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've made some comments recently which were not entirely wholesome, which the moderator rightfully deleted. They didn't reflect my true personality. The only explanation I can give is a change in my thought processes as an after affect of the stroke I suffered. I've also made verbal statements to others which were frankly embarrassing. I will certainly try to reassess any future comments I make. Thank you for understanding.


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Congratulations, you're human! It happens. Ask me how I know...


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Thoughts sometimes run through my brain and out my mouth or fingers before going through the filter and I can't blame anything but myself. It happens.

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Mr. Ed, thank you. Be safe out there.

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to err is human---owning up shows character!!!!!

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Anyone that has read your posts knows what kind of person your are.....


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I've noticed other strange things going on in my mind which I know can be caused by stroke. For example, I get over emotional if I'm watching a movie and see a touching scene, more so than the average person would feel. It's kind of embarrassing but I'm by myself so no one else sees me. Yes, the after affects of a stroke can be challenging, but it's good to have survived and to be alive.

Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts.

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As a fellow stroke survivor, I applaud the fact you recognize the problem and are working on it. It is one of many after effects some of us have from a stroke that are not immediately obvious. Good luck and happy travels.


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mr. ed wrote:

I've noticed other strange things going on in my mind which I know can be caused by stroke. For example, I get over emotional if I'm watching a movie and see a touching scene, more so than the average person would feel. It's kind of embarrassing but I'm by myself so no one else sees me. Yes, the after affects of a stroke can be challenging, but it's good to have survived and to be alive.

Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts.


Society has taught us to be ashamed of our emotions and to what end? No one should ever be ashamed of empathy and compassion. Those that ridicule people showing emotions are the ones with the real problem.

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You,(and everyone else) should know that you are not alone, I'd love to to be able to take back all the foolish things i've said or done in my life without thinking first.


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While we're on the subject of strokes, I'd like to make some suggestions that may benefit those who haven't had one yet.

Speaking from experience, I make a strong suggestion to have a heart checkup if you feel any irregularity of beats or sudden decline in physical stamina. These could be signs of atrial fibrillation (aka a-fib), a known cause of stroke. In my case, I didn't feel any abnormal heart rhythm, but noticed I was getting winded when climbing hills while hiking, sometimes only able to go a few steps before resting. I took this to be a normal sign of aging, but now attribute it to a-fib.

I also experienced a mini-stroke. One day, I was in my fifth wheel preparing a cup of tea. When I went to lift the cup up to place it in the microwave with my left hand I had difficulty grabbing the handle. I needed to resort to using my right hand to perform the task. Next thing, I had mental difficulty trying to figure out which buttons to push on the MW, something I had done for years. My left leg was still functioning normally, only the left hand was affected. As I recall, the symptoms seemed to have faded during the day, so I wasn't overly concerned (I should have been). However, I wisely decided next day to go to the local hospital where my diagnosis was, as expected, a mini-stroke. I was put on warfarin (a "blood thinner") and continued on for a while with my regular life. Everything came to a crashing stop when a full stroke finally hit, paralyzing my left side.(happened July 2014 when I was almost 70)

So, the moral of the story is: get yourself checked out if you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms and start using medication to reduce the chance of blood clots. There are better meds available than warfarin, which requires certain diet restrictions. I'm using Eliquis, which is being provided by the VA. No diet restrictions and I've had zero adverse reactions, taking 100mg/day in divided doses.[emoticon]

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