A little over two months ago I updated you on my stroke recovery. A lot has happened since then, not just on the physical level, but also on the emotional and spiritual levels. It has now been four months since my stroke.
When I last wrote, I was moving around the house with a two-wheeled walker. I graduated to a four-wheeled walker that I could take outside. By late May I had switched to two canes. June brought a return to driving much to my delight and relief…
I continue with my rehab program, now driving myself, several days a week, but I had a setback in late May. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance with extreme pain in my right shoulder (the weak side). It turned out to be a full-blown case of Shingles. The antiviral treatment worked in calming the rash, but the pain (and the morphine) continued for another three weeks. The shingles episode certainly put a damper on my exercise program.
The use of a pen to write is still elusive, and I still need two canes to get around.
Note to self: buy a knapsack.
Despite the physical limitations, I have continued to work with a few clients, on a part-time basis. My clients have gained, and the healing work with them has helped me to stay positive. I’ve seen over the years quite a few people who have lost their confidence in what they do by being off work for too long. Fortunately, I seem to have dodged that bullet.
I admit to becoming very discouraged during the shingles episode, especially when well-meaning people would tell me the pain can last up to 10 years.
Various health professionals have pointed out that my recovery has progressed faster than is typical. Nevertheless, I have been finding regaining my ability to walk, lifting things and doing the normal things of everyday living to be painfully slow.
The admonitions to be patient don’t sit well with me. I couldn’t count the number of times that a health professional has said recovery will take a long time, perhaps several years. The question that flashes through my mind is why? Why does it have to take a long time? Why can’t it be instant? Yes, I know I have to grow new neurons and those new neurons have to learn to become functional, but…
Through all this my wife Eileen and other family members have been patient and extremely supportive. And I have received a lot of encouragement, prayers and good energy from you my readers and friends. Where would I be without you?
There has been an exciting and sometimes scary mental/spiritual side to my stroke recovery journey, but I’ve written enough for now. I’ll save the best for my next update. Stay tuned.
Love to all,