I've been getting a lot of surgery recovery questions. Today marks 4 weeks, so here we go:
Not really having much in the way of "hot flashes," just radiating heat almost all the time with an occasional "cold flash" where I guess I feel "normal" temperature for a few minutes. Actually not a bad way to go, except I'm freezing my sweet, non-complaining family when I keep the windows open at night and it drops to 40 outside. Sleeveless summer dress in October goes beautifully with the color-changing trees. The good news is that my muscles, that were already tightening up (stroke issue) before the surgery, as temperatures started cooling, are responding well to internal heat, so I'm walking with less spacitity now!
The flip side is that because I have been out of water therapy for so many weeks, I'm loosing a lot of muscle coordination and fine motor skill - struggle to put a clip in my hair, have a bruise on the back of my "good" calf from pushing it so hard against the bed in efforts to stand and get out of bed, take serious near falls (like 3 within a few hours yesterday when I tried just my cane for Bible study). Doctor says I may go back to the gym Oct.30.
|What I should be wearing!|
Not in any major, sharp pain now like either before surgery or that second week after. Thank you Jesus!!! Still sore at belly button incision and get tummy twinges of pain if I step funny, sleep wrong, stetch too far in the wrong way, etc. Mom says that even a week after surgery I was standing up straighter than I had in months.
|My daughter drawing for me.|
I went wheat-free, and refined-sugary-junk-free (still eat some sugar, just not straight candy, and not eating flour takes most other refined sugar out of my life pretty naturally) about 9 days ago. I had one day with day with two variances from the new lifestyle plan, and one day with one, but I'm encouraged by a slightly flatter tummy already! I chose wheat as my one thing to focus cutting out because I don't do well on cutting all grains at once (I've tried that one a couple times and was miserable) and modern, modified wheat seems to be the biggest area of health concern, I think. As my mom says, " I think wheat is not what it should be or was 100 years ago." I haven't been anywhere with scales, but do feel my clothes are fitting slightly better.
In recognition of World Stroke Day 2015, on the 29th of this month, here's the letter I just sent my elected officials:
Almost exactly 4 years ago, at age 39 (kids 5, 8 and 11), I went to the chiropractor for routine neck manipulation. There, in the course of treatment, my artery was ruptured and I experienced 2 massive brain bleeds (strokes) there on the treatment table. I was not expected to make it to the hospital alive, live through that first night, survive my first week (out of what would become 2 months) of hospitalization. Obviously I did, experiencing 4 more strokes over that first month as my artery tried to heal and kept throwing new blood clots into my brain.
Today, I still cannot drive due to cognitive issues, am partially deaf, only have large motor use of my more severely impacted arm and a host of other medical issues, BUT I CAN walk again (took nearly a year and I still need aid outside of my home), see pretty well again (was blind and then had severe double vision for many months) and many other "would never happen" type victories.
As a stay-at-home mom before the strokes, I did not have enough recent hours of work history to qualify for ANY form of government aid. Also, my chiropractor left the country about the time I was released from the hospital, so we had no legal recourse (and he carried no insurance) so no financial assistance there either. My lifetime stroke-related medical expenses are estimated to run between $1 to $1 1/2 Million. We have no idea where the money will come from besides God.
I want people to know stroke happens. 25% of stroke happens to people under the age of 45. It can be severely debilitating. Thank you for your recognition!
You may also be interested in this petition that speaks directly to the issue of chiropractic stroke risk: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-bill-… I had none of the typical stroke factors and have been told that my stroke was the direct result of trauma to this artery, as sometimes seen in a car accident or other harsh movement to the neck.
I'm reading an amazing book right now. (Inspired by the movie War Room that I got to go with my mom to see on Tuesday!) It is called Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer. I want to read large passages aloud to about 30 different people - it is that good!http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1433688670… If you are a Kindle reader, it is $7.99 for that device.