Friends I got my depressed friend to agree to go fishing, when he comes back from China Now what I need is instructions on how a one handed person baits a hook I would welcome any knowledge on this subject at all If I cant teach him to bait a hook Ill push him over board and solve both mine and his problems Thank you for your help Ed aka Rassils
Tomorrow, I hope to spend some time reading all the group messages. Although I set my emails to “no Mail” on strokesurvivors and riticklers,(I can read all the messages at yahoogroups webpages)I still had 85 messages in my email box.
I spent over a week at the lake. I can hardly wait to get back. I had wonderful family visitations (grandchildren and grand-neices) and wept
my way through a book called “The Poisonweed Bible.”. One of the characters in the book was hemiplaegic at birth (a twin).
My love to all of the members of this group. I hope I will feel fit enough to write to you all soon, and respond to the messages.
I was a youth minister for many years. In that role I often needed to stay up all night. A “night owl”, I enjoyed it. After I turned 40 I
found I could still do it, if I planned ahead, took a nap the afternoon before, arranged things so I could get some extra sleep the next day,
etc. I’m just thinking, that while I do like and perhaps need a little extra sleep post stroke, perhaps some of us are “worn out” because we’ve “overdone” more than because we’re a stroke survivor. I sometimes ask, “Am I tired, forgetful, anxious, crabby… because of my stroke, because I’m getting older, because of human nature, …?”
I don’t post much, but I do read often. My FIL had a very major stroke the end of Feb. My MIL is turning 50 on June 9 and I’m at a loss as to what to get her. She is taking care of FIL full time and he isn’t able to do much. I think he can go out to lunch (dinner is too much). She doesn’t take any time for herself other than when he is at therapy and then she goes into the office to ‘catch up’ on a few things. They have plenty of money to hire someone to help, she just wants to do it herself. I think that’s the nurse in her LOL!
Does anyone have ideas for what to get her? They used to travel a ton, so that, and the Colorado Avalanche are her main passions. Any
suggestions would be appreciated.
Just know that we here on Stroke Survivors care very much for you and will be pulling for you all the way. We don’t need to anesthetize ourselves. As for telling family, do. They’ll want to and do deserve to know. They’ll want to assist you in every way they can, pray for you, tell you and be told, important things. Just be real, be yourself. I appreciate that you don’t want to be, or appear to be, depend ant. You’re not. It’s OK to be interdependent. You give us all alot.
that my urologist tells me that, because of my early chemo treatments, my testosterone level is very low and that I am susceptable to osteoperosis. Yes, we all thought that was just for women, but it turns out that men with low testosterone are just as liable to get it. The other reason is that I lost a lot of weight during recent surgeries and am trying to get it back. The doctor tells me that the testosterone will help build body mass. But you are right, I do not think that the treatments are helping with the erections.
Testosterone can have other benefits besides sexual. Late last year after having prostate surgery I felt draggy and “ill” for a few months. My red blood count was low so the doctor (General Practitioner) told me to take an iron supplement. That didn’t work so he gave me a prescription for stronger iron and a prescription for testosterone gel, sildenafil citrate 100mg and then later patches. My testosterone level was 179 and the report had the letter “L” next to it showing it as “low.” A month on the iron and testosterone and I felt much better. My hemoglobin count came up to “low normal.”
I later learned that people have been diagnosed with depression and treated for it when actually their testosterone levels were low and receiving testosterone took away the “symptoms” of depression.
I was warned about taking testosterone because I had prostate cancer surgery. One of the therapies for treating prostate cancer is “chemical” or physical castration to stop testosterone production.
I’ve heard that testosterone feeds prostate cancer. Well, when I went back to my urologist (who had removed my prostate) he told me that 179 was not a low testosterone count and had me stop taking it.
I don’t know if the testosterone helped with my feeling better or not. Maybe it did in combination with taking the prescription dosage of iron. The testosterone didn’t help me get an erection. Nothing has successfully helped that.
I sent that last post before I read of your new health challenges. Be assured, my thoughts are with you at this time.Hey, do you want your
lucky half-dollar back??!!
Oh, and I’ll definitely have a drink for/with you – I have a very nice Cabernet Merlot that I’m sampling at present.
Love and hugs,
It’s almost 3.a.m here. Slept soundly for several hours, now am wideawake!! This is a “stroke” thing. Happens to me often.
I wore earrings during my visit to Tacoma. I had long forgotten about my allergies to any metal (other than gold). The earrings were
gold-plated (no problem) but the little fatenings in behind were suspect.
At first the ears started weeping (from the crease right behind the ear lobe). Then crusting, and I have a huge rash area the size of an
orange, under each ear into the neck area. It is burning and itchy, and looks like “the mange.”
Doc. gave me prescription for costi(steroid) creme .1%, which I am ver y suspicious of using, but after only one application, the rash has
shown promising signs of clearing up.
Another dab of creme in the morning should do the trick. Meawhile, I have enough cream in this container to treat ….(comments subdued)!!!
It cost less than $10.
My mom has been diagnosed with micro angio pathetic disease. She is being treated with aspirin and meds. For her high blood pressure. She lives with dad, many thousands of miles away from me. The largest feature of the effects from the strokes she has had is memory loss. I talk to her about her fear, I’d like someone to talk to about mine. And maybe some ideas of how I can help her psychologically. She is a very proud woman, and she still sometimes tries to hide her experiences with memory loss.
Hi Everyone, I am back. It’s Cheryl. If perhaps on your e-mails my e-mails come to you saying they are from Scott Snyder, that is my son and the account was set up in his name with my name as his e-mail account. He said he is not sure why it does that, it should come out saying it is from me, but Oh Well, it finally works, so if I have to be known as Scott Snyder, so be it. I have really missed all of you. so much to catch up on. My SSI/SSDI was approved. It started in December. What I am getting now is a supplemental income until April when the SSDI with start. I am still going to school, but it seems really strange not working. During the breaks from school, it is really hard. I am not good at managing free time. I will be finished with school at the end of May, and I am in a panic. I start some volunteer work on Wednesday afternoons this coming Wednesday. It is for an Adult Day Care Center. I will be helping with the activities. I am alittle nervous. I am doing fine health wise. Still struggle with depression at times, usually when I am not in school. I am meeting with my friend Robin today for a while. For those of you who are new, I had a stroke almost 2 1/2 years ago. I go to a special program at a community college for cognitive retraining and I just recently stopped working in October when the corporation that I was working for ceased operation. I live along and have a son and daughter and 5 grandchildren. Robin is a lady that is in my class that also had a stroke 3 years ago. She has expressive aphasia, but we understand each other with no problem. She can always get her point across if given enough time. Mary Claire, how is Bill and how are you and all the rest of you, Joyce, Mary, Janice and everyone else. I have really missed this group. Well have to go for now. I need to get ready to leave.