Hi to my mylot friends.
By Gary Marsh
September 13, 2020 9:09am CST
Today is my first venture back to mylot and l would like to say thank you to all of you who sent me messages and kind wishes. l was really touched to read so many positive comments and messages of support it really meant so much to me and was very encouraging. So for those of you who were not aware unfortunately at the end of July l had a stroke which resulted in my admission to hospital. l was in the acute hospital for one week and then transferred to a rehab hospital in my own town. The hardest part for me was being unable to be with my family but each day they would traipse down to the hospital and wave to me from the car park. I had no pain at all during the actual stroke but it resulted in me having left sided weakness. When l first arrived at the rehab unit they told me l would be there for 6 weeks. I was mortified l told them no it is impossible l will be going home next Friday we have 2 weeks to get me going as safely as possible but come what may l will be going home on Friday. The first week l pushed myself so hard thanks to all the tips from the physio and Occupational therapist (OT). They told me that l could not go home without a couple of adaptations to the house for example bannisters on the stairs and some grab handles here and there. l had already drawn up plans of what l thought l needed and what l wanted to achieve before l spoke to the physio and OT which they said helped them plan my therapy. I guess my background helped with that as l would often be asked to see stroke patients My son in law fitted the aids for me. friday dawned and l came home. A miracle had happened now devil child loves me. When l got to the door she ran and pushed everyone out of the way kissed and cuddled me. Everyone's jaw hit the floor. When she comes here now she ignores my wife and comes to look for me! Big cuddles and kisses are in abundance but l ask her do you love me now she still says no which cracks me up! It was her 2nd birthday and my daughter wanted a bouncy castle for her but it was too big for her garden so she asked if it could be placed in our garden. Of course how could one say no. The guys put it in and l said before the kids come l want to have a go and have a go l certainly did as you can see in the photo. So the upshot is l am on the mend but everything is quite an effort. I get incredibly tired easily sleep for three hours then awake for 4-5 hours and this is my current pattern. Please bear with me as l will get around to reading your posts. It will take a bit of time but l am determined to get to you as l am able to. Boy have l missed you all l am incredibly grateful to have made so many mylot friends you are all stars in my eyes! Thank you all so very much from the bottom of my heart. There is room for you all in it! Photo is of me acting like an 8 year old!
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• Gainesville, Florida
Gary, it is so good to have you back, and see that you have such a positive spirit and zest for life, despite your circumstances! Keep up with the rehab, push harder than you have to, and keep laughing along the way. They're not lying when they say "laughter is the best medicine." Oh, and keep acting like a child as much as you can. It's beautiful.
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• United Kingdom
Thanks Jeff. Oh yes l have a few funny events along the way some would find depressing but daft old me found hilarious! One such event involved a power shower but l will save that story for a separate post which should make you howl with laughter! Glad to see you here!
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• Walnut Creek, California
Left side weakness means the stroke was mostly on the right side of the brain. Language comprehenson and production is mostly on the left side of the brain (in most of us). I was actually relieved when he said "left side weakness." But I won't be asking Gary for directions to his house for the next couple of weeks (visual-spatial is largely on the right side of the brain).
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I am so glad to see you back Gary and also to know that now the Devil child loves you. Surely your background helped to draw a plan of what you need in your home to be safer. My husband asked to install handrails on the stairs before we moved here, he fears that I fell from the stairs. Take it easy, if you feel tired rest, you need to adjust little by little, do not rush. It shows that you are having fun.
• United Kingdom
I especially want to thank you for taking the trouble to seek me out and your lovely inspiring message. What a boost you gave me l will always be so very grateful to you. You are one very special and kind lady up there on a pedestal in my eyes. Thank you!
I'm glad that you made it, the important is that you are finally home with your family. It really sucks to have a stroke, be at the hospital and treat ment during this covid crisis. I'm sorry I wasn't much aware of your condition, but I may have pickup a few post from other mylotters but i forgot. My grandma of 92 had a stroke but she never recovered andied after a week. How do you end up having a stroke like that? I don't want to experience that as of now I'm 36, hope you give advice to some one like me.
• United States
I am glad you are recovering. My friend had a stroke last summer, and even though it was a mild one..he still seems like he tires easily. I guess maybe some of those residual effects stay around for a good while, maybe forever. Hopefully, you will get as good as new soon.
• Derry, Northern Ireland
@garymarsh6 Apart from the state-enforced house-arrest and a burgeoning belly as a result (the bathroom scales sighed audibly as I walked past them without being tempted to take a peek earlier ), fine. Not on here much, though - the odd peek, to catch up with some familiar names
• United Kingdom
@pgntwo I can highly recommend the yoghurt diet for three weeks while l was in hospital l would only eat 'Oats so simple' for breakfast and yoghurt for lunch and dinner! I was shocked to discover l had lost 2 stone in hospital when l got home believe it or not.
• El Paso, Texas
What a wonderful post to see as I tune in to Mylot. I'm so happy you're ok and mending so well. I love that picture. I think we'll all understand if you only spend a little time here, your family is wanting your attention right now but soon you'll be back to normal. Thank heavens you're ok.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
@garymarsh6 Thank you. I started on new medication leading up to my surgery next week and as warned they cause weight problems, so I'm not recording my weight until I'm off the medication. Otherwise, I still keep track of what I eat and get my daily exercise. I'm glad you're doing well and got out of the hospital when you wanted. I'm sure it was much sooner than the doctor expected. It was one thing I prayed for, a return to complete health, and I haven't stopped praying for you.
• United Kingdom
@just4him Thank you so much l am grateful for your kindness. See l have missed out about your news about the operation. Now it is my turn to pray for your recovery! l hope all goes well Valerie and l will get around to commenting on posts ASAP