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Being a Stroke Survivor I felt the need to create this blog as a way of giving thanks to you all and pay forward my experience of having a life-changing stroke and what my road to recovery is like.
To my friends, family, caregivers and folks interested in my personal recovery, I want to say a huge Thank You!
Thanks for your diligence in caring for me, thanks for your prayers, thanks for your kind words and generous donations to me during this ruff time.
I'm truly blessed to be here!
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WORKING SHOULDERS, FOREARM AND HAND ON ARM CYCLE
Working hard to be able to run again after I had my stroke.
Trying hard to get back into form again
Working hard on right knee kicks, much better than left but need to regain my strength.
Finally able to raise, control and lower my left shoulder after 6 months.
Trying to reconnect my brain to my body to start to playing my drums again!
Blaine doing sprinting exercises to improve running ability eight months post struck #StrokeWarriors #StrokeAwareness #StrokeRecovery
Blaine going for a short run 1yr post stroke
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I didn't think I could but now realize I can. I have no choice in the matter.
It is said that all things happen for a reason and that "when one door closes another door opens."
I have found this to be true many times in my life.
Recovery after a stroke is not easy to put it lightly but with the support system that I'm fortunate to have, this will pass and be a short term disability.
I GOT THIS!
I always try to stay positive about life and keep a positive attitude even during a tough time like this.
In terms of recovery, I find it to be 80% mental and 20% physical. With God's grace, occupational and physical therapy,
I'll make a full recovery!
My daily routine goes like this
I spend time reading the bible for spiritual strength in the mornings,
then eat a nutritional breakfast paying close attention to sodium, sugar cholesterol and fat intake,
Give thanks for the new day and
go about my daily exercises, chores and online marketing .
I've also started taking CBD supplements to aid in healing, focus, sleeping and energy. They really help me a lot but do your own research I'm not a health professional.
May 10, 2019
Checked into Norwalk Hospital with stroke symptoms
May 17, 2019
Checked into Danbury Rehab Unit, Left side of body largely paralyzed.
June 7, 2019
After 1 month of intense physical, occupational and speech therapy I checked out of the Danbury Hospital walking with a cane.
1st week July 2019
Started physical therapy at Norwalk Hospital Rehab
I'm able to raise my left hand enough to have a drink of water. It takes a little time but I can do it :)
I'm able to stomp my left foot with a little authority now, (hi-hat foot.) watch out drum set here I come!
Hand extensions starting to come around
Jogged around PT facility with therapist (was ugly but I did it.)
Able to use my left hand to hold and squeeze and finally release items.
Washing dishes and more..
Hand extensions much better now with way less pain and stiffness. I feel this is due to OT and CBD oil.
Able to raise lefthand above my shoulder.
Jogging is improving with less dragging of my left foot
Left ankle strength is improving, I have much more control
Walking with less foot drag on left side
I feel like my brain has started to connect more with my left side and feel like this will be a short term disability
Getting ready for my next OT and PT evaluation in November.
Able to tie plastic bags but still unable to tie my shoelaces
Able to hold my drumstick and make a slight stroke with it :)
NOV- DEC 2019
Left ankle movement still slow in recovery (can't push off with much force)
I've beed working with the (Baps Bd) to help as well as trying to play my drums.
Left knee stiffness getting better, about 80% as well as my left leg strength
My left wrist, fingers, hand,muscels, shoulder only about 40% with a fair amount of stiffness.
Left side of face st, mouth and neck still partially numb.
All said after 6 months, I'm very pleased and optimistic with the results thus far. I'm excited to see what happens in the next 6 months with PT and OT:)
Obviously my prescribed medicines, rest, nutrition and diet are huge so stick to a healthy regimen.
GOALS FOR MAY 2020
Stay focused on my regimen, stay in the spirit (God First)
Lay down abeat on my drumset
Get my social life back
Spend time with my daughter
Grow my business!
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