|Lake Tahoe, California|
|Lake Tahoe, Nevada|
|Last week, visiting Lake Tahoe with extended family. :) |
I love bears! I'm standing by a stuffed on and wearing one on a necklace in this picture.
|My newest spurge. Purchased at the same gift shop where the bear lives. :)|
|Camp branch of my family along with two youngest Saakes.|
|Today, nearly 52 months.|
I used that drug-store Dr. Shools' machine and invested in a good pair of semi-custom insoles and started wearing them in shoes and slippers, every moment I wasn't in bed or in the pool (but wore good supportive water shoes in the pool too). Within half a day, I started getting some pain relief and within a week my knee was hardly painful anymore at all. This lasted a few weeks.
|View from Lake Tahoe.|
|This was an "oops" shot of my own foot, but I think the interplay between light and shadow is beautiful. :)|
|Feb 13, 2016, Carson City, Nevada airport|
One highlight of the visit was getting to go with them to watch by 10- and 13-year-old, who have each been learning to fly private aircraft since they were just 8, take to the sky. This free, national program, Young Eagles, has been an intical part of our lives for 5 years now and this is the first chance I've had to go watch! (I did go to a parade a meet several of the involved adults, about a year after my stokes, and massively spun out at the sight of slow hot air balloons ascending off the ground.)
Rather amazing! And even with my intense fear of heights (thank you strokes), my stomach only felt like bottoming out on me once all morning, when another young student took off on an overly steep, swift climb, not even when either of our kids took the stick! Do I have any desire to go up in the air myself? Um NO!!! But I'm glad it gives them such joy! :)
Ruth's favorite pilot, Mr. Wendle, took her up this month and reports that she can take off, land and maneuver the whole flight without any help and is ready to take a licensing test as early as the law allows, when she turns 14! Our l0-year-old is fast learning as well, controlling the stick for much of his in-air time and handling about half of the turns without help.
If you know me well, you likely know one of my very favorite foods on the planet is sushi (closely followed by crab, shrimp, clams and just about any seafood).
A fun gift of the strokes is that probably at least 3 out of 4 times I have eaten seafood since the strokes, I have thrown up. This almost seems to be a new food allergy, however, it is not 100% consistent, so it is kind of a "take your chances" proposition. The other day I made crab legs here at home. In June I had cooked lobster. (Both thanks to my door-to-door meet purchase fiasco, not typical Saake homecooked fare!) I noticed I didn't throw up either time at home, didn't even get nauseated, but nearly ALWAYS get sick eating seafood at a restaurant.
It has been repeatedly speculated that I make myself sick by overeating (seafood specifically, as other meals have not typically made me sick) when I eat out, a theory I have rejected since the first seafood restaurant trip post stroke. Another idea was that perhaps there was something in seasoning, like MSG, that restaurants use on their seafood but I do not use at home. (I still consider this to be possibly a small part of the story, as MSG has caused wicked results for me for nearly 30 years.)
|Depression often comes along with brain injury, and while this sign is true enough as written, |
I personally would like it even more if in encompassed all brain break downs, not just one issue!
Guess what? I didn't throw up!!! (I did end up unintentionally consuming some wheat that I now know how to avoid next time, and had a hefty headache by evening, but that is a totally different issue.)
Than you SushiPierMidtown!
I've mentioned the problematic joints of my more-stroked left leg. Just this week, my right wrist has been unusually angry and painful too. It feel much like the initial pain when Fibromyalgia symptoms first began to manifest in my wrists about 28 years ago. I guess roving Fibro pain isn't out of the question as one possibility. I tend to more believe I have strained or sprained or simply overused that joint. I still type with only one hand (though this lengthy blog post has not been overly painful) and text with family (that movement does hurt) and have been doing a lot of extra lifting of my body with the right arm (I have had to all along, but more so again now to compensate for the sore hip on the other side) and am finding even simple acts like closing the dryer door are making me wince. I'm trying to convince my left arm to literally take more share of the load, but so far, it isn't cooperating with this request. Since my legs do little in the way of helping me get situated into bed each night and the left arm likes to collapse under my body's weight, I have taken to trying to pull my body into sleep position by either putting pressure through the back of my hand (thing of normally pulling of body weight with the palm of your hand against a bed or table, now flip it over and do the same move with the back of your hand) or leaning on my right elbow. I'm only 43. I expected joints to serve me well at least for another decade or two!
I realize my posts frequently containing missing letters or other typos. I do try to catch and correct as many as I can before I publish, but I have a policy that once a post goes live on this blog, I will not go back and edit. I use this as a barometer of improvement in skills. The OCD part of me want to cringe when I go back and read old posts, but the documenting part of me is glad to have a clear record of skill progression. ;)