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Old 01-15-2018, 11:00 PM   #4943
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Gee Maggie....take care.

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Old 01-16-2018, 05:58 AM   #4944
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Hi FaN, and thank you.

I was able to read a book last night, for the first time since, and it didn’t give me a headache, so I suspect the bleed is nicely absorbing its little self into surrounding tissue, as it is supposed to.

I am really, really, really tired of television.

I have another CT on Thursday, then see the neurologist Monday...trying to wait patiently, and be grateful, but I am ready for my vision to return to normal, and to be able to drive.

I put on Doug’s Sherpa fleece lined jacket yesterday morning, then hauled in wood and shoveled four inches of fresh snow off my driveway...wobbling a bit using the shovel with the double vision, but got it done ...it wiped me out, tho, and was so cold outside that my hands hurt when I came inside.

Yikes. Haven’t been home for this stuff in 10 years.

Currently -1 here, with a windchill of 18...Lily stepped out the back door this morning, then politely declined doing her morning tinkle just yet.

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Old 01-16-2018, 11:14 PM   #4945
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Maggie, I just heard of the health issues you had. Speedy recovery to you. I know what your going through on the Maggie not wanting to go potty outside do to the weather ( my dog Claire does the same thing!). Get well soon and I'll keep you in my prayers.

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Old 01-17-2018, 06:10 AM   #4946
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Hi, Rachel, and thank you.

I very much appreciate all the prayers and well wishes.

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Old 01-18-2018, 11:19 AM   #4947
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So, if you have double vision, can you still put on a little eye makeup for being out and about??

The answer is...yes, if you use a mighty magnifying mirror and are very, very careful.

Had my ct this am, and go back tomorrow afternoon for other tests unrelated to the brain bleed.

I tend to be a very healthy person, but when things go wrong it seems they are seldom small things....Iíve been a bit absorbed in my current state of health, and havenít felt much like posting, but Iím doing well overall.

I appreciate all the good people here, and the public and private messages of support.

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Old 01-20-2018, 10:12 AM   #4948
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It is a tremendously liberating experience, after a forced period of housebound-ness, to be able to get in your own vehicle and drive yourself to the grocery store...as I did this morning, for the first time in three weeks.

Lily will soon have her first walk since then, too... tho I haven’t felt too sorry for her with a large back yard to rip around in, she will delight in revisiting favorite places to sniff and the ability to delicately lower her hindquarters to do her business.


One of the disadvantages of having comprehensive outpatient testing on Friday afternoons is that you cannot get results from your Doctor until at least Monday.

As I do have more medical understanding and experience than your average lay person...having an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy, and having worked as a CNA or Ward Secretary in every hospital area from the Emergency Room to OB/Delivery as a teen and thru the first chapter of my life ..I can ask intelligent questions and understand not too technically complicated answers.

Therefore, I was able to wheedle out some of what was not seen, which was very reassuring. What may have been seen will require direct communication from my PCP....not available over a weekend, of course.

I am three weeks out from a small stroke , driven myself to shop for the first time since, and still feeling fortunate and grateful things were not much worse.

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Old 01-20-2018, 12:29 PM   #4949
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Maggie, so good to learn that you are getting better and hope the progress continues unimpeded. Take care. God bless. Evelyn.
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:30 PM   #4950
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Thanks, Evelyn.

I am feeling rather victorious today, just in being able to drive.

If you’ve ever had double vision, like from a stroke , there is not only the double-ness of what one sees, but something of a fog or haze over the center of one’s vision field...at least that is what mine has been like.

The fog/haze has completely disappeared, tho the vision is not perfect it is clear....thus, I decided I could venture out in the car, and had no problems.

Don’t know that I would take on downtown Chicago during rush hour, but familiar roads to an oft-traveled place was a snap.

Such a freeing experience.

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Old 01-20-2018, 02:09 PM   #4951
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So glad to read that. I bet you were getting a bit of cabin fever there.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:30 PM   #4952
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Thank you...and, ummm, yes.

Not too bad, tho, as I keep reminding myself that if the bleed were just a cm or two larger, I would have had right side paralysis and been discharged to a rehab facility.

Yikes.

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Old 01-20-2018, 02:38 PM   #4953
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WOW, Maggie! That piece of info.....just too close for comfort! An angel was on your shoulder for sure! It just reminds us all....just how fragile we are. You were , indeed, VERY LUCKY. That, and God was watching over you. God bless. Evelyn.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:30 PM   #4954
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Good to hear there is improvement. Being able to drive is a liberating event in our modern society. I'll continue to pray that you recover to complete good health.

I have good news from my house:
a. the septic tanks have been moved to their proper location.

b. the rock man finally came to do the fireplace, and it looks great.

Those two things that required me to be down there have had me "on call" for weeks. Now they have both been done, and I can stay home and work on cleaning out this place. I'm going to start packing the stuff I'm not actually using and getting ready for the final move.
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Very good, Mimi!

I know you are tired of being in a holding pattern, and ready to get into the new place...and I can’t wait to see pictures.

Keep us posted, and thank you for your well wishes.

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Old 01-22-2018, 12:27 PM   #4956
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My pea-sized brain stem bleed has disappeared, but for a light shadow, and the tests on Friday which have been very worrisome for me these past couple of weeks were negative.

It is apparently commonplace that women have false positives for a number of different medical things that could be extremely serious...were they true positives.

Thank you very much, we women need a healthy dose of unfounded fear every once in awhile.

My neuro told me this morning that bleeds of any size on the brain stem are generally fatal...geeeeezzz.

He’s going to do some tests before I see him again in March, to see if he can determine why this happened, rule out anything going on that could cause another, etc....I will be here in Central Illinois for the next few months, doing follow up appointments with various specialists.

But, it’s okay...I’m alive, not in a rehab facility somewhere nor turned to ashes, mixed with 27 years of rose petals, and spread on Doug’s grave.

I am going to over-winter at home this year, and I am grateful.

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