Most years since my faux-stroke I've managed to post around April 1st (the day the migraine that did all the damage started) on how I've been going. This year, the fifth since it all started, I've been way too sick/busy/run down to do so. And even not posting here, I'm still behind on everything!

So this is the short-ish Stroke-Boy Update.

Overall, I continue to improve. The most obvious outward sign to most of you would be the fact that I'm pretty much walking stick free these days. My balance is good enough that if I have it with me, it's for emergencies rather than ongoing need.

I'm also managing to keep up with two small children. I'm not managing much else, and I'm immobile or going backwards on a few jobs/tasks, but mostly I'm doing okay.

It's hard to tell just how good I'm going however, because I've been sick for almost six months. The illness only has the tiniest of relations to my stroke, in that in recent years I still get run down fairly easily, and I basically ran myself completely into the ground with the move to a new house.

Because I did that, I've had ongoing health problems, the main one being a cold. Every few weeks it'll come back, so I'll do less until I'm seemingly over it, give it a bit longer to be sure, then once I start to do stuff again, it comes back.

So even while in relation to my stroke I'm actually pretty happy and chipper, the constant illness is really getting to me. I'm starting to have some serious depression issues, not helped by the fact I feel with regards to my various responsibilities like I'm pushing mud uphill with a bucket made of chicken wire. At the moment even the slightest delay to any project feels like a mountainous object to overcome.

I'm also getting a lot of migraines, which is something I have to be very careful of for obvious reasons. Actually, that's not entirely true, what I'm getting a lot of is my pre-migraine signal of aching skin. So everything hurts just a bit, or sometimes a lot, and there's always a chance of a headache or migraine.

These things combined are keeping me pretty run down. Suspect the two kids don't help much with that either, but I don't care about them driving me into the ground.

Well, not much.

So, while I continue to recover from the stroke, this year it's been really hard to tell how much better I'm doing compared to last year because a lot of the recovery is hidden by being so sick. Mostly what I can say is that the fact I'm doing without the walking stick, and keeping up with two children means that under the illness I've probably improved pretty dramatically. We'll get a better idea once I stop being crook.

For the record, I'll have my collapsible walking stick with me at Swancon. Given I'll be relaxing properly for the first time in a while, I may choose use it a bit just to be lazy, so don't be concerned if you see me with it.

From: [identity profile] callistra.livejournal.com


For the record, I'll have my collapsible walking stick with me at Swancon. Given I'll be relaxing properly for the first time in a while, I may choose use it a bit just to be lazy, so don't be concerned if you see me with it.

It's good for smacking people with too you know.
:-)


From: [identity profile] murasaki-1966.livejournal.com


Can I make a suggestion?

I too have suffered from the cold that gets better then comes back. Luckily my doctor is a sinus suffer too, and realised that I had infected sinuses that kept re-infecting my other systems. After some antibiotics and a wonderful nasal spray, it finally cleared completely. I do have to rinse my nasal passages out once a week, which is not pleasant, a small price to pay to keep the infection at bay. Not saying it's what you have, but see if you can get it checked out. It might be the problem, or not.

From: [identity profile] kaths.livejournal.com


That sounds like a great suggestion, makes a lot of sense.


From: [identity profile] rwrylsin.livejournal.com


I second this. I spent months battling a 'cold' that turned out to be a respiratory tract infection. Antibiotics cleared it up in no time.

From: [identity profile] mynxii.livejournal.com


I really can't wait to see you. I'd love to curl up and just cuddle with you and talk with you, should time allow. *love*

From: [identity profile] meljane.livejournal.com


They have collapsible walking sticks now ? Cool :)
I'll have to tell Samara about that cos she is always forgetting about hers and leaves it in people's cars . I was going to get Ken to knit a chainmail chain for her so she wouldn't leave it behind.

Matt uses a walking stick , he has used to defend himself and another friend has a walking stick as well as they are both younger than you so you won't look out of place and we worry about with or without the walking stick .

Garlic and horseradish tabs usually help me and I get alot of colds not just Jadzia picks them up but because of my Candida imbalance as well.

If you can stand garlic poking a hole in a garlic clove and putting it on a string can draw toxins out of your body .

Good to hear you are doing relatively okay *hugs*.

From: [identity profile] kaths.livejournal.com


Your 'bucket' is bigger now - you have a lot more to cope with, but you can cope with a lot more!
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