Thursday, May 2, 2013
SDG&E replaced our utility pole. Larry took a picture of them cutting down a section of the old pole.
No ribbons or merrymaking, no maypole dance. We celebrated by being without power from 9 AM to 3 PM. I can do w/o the computer or TV. I'm thankful for refrigeration, wanted to open it a few times. I made do with making a cup for tea. Green tea bag, water in the mug, turned torward the microwave, Doh!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
|Ccino & Puffin: Two very sweet cats|
|Ccino's first name was "Angel" (eyes)|
|It's a ball, it's a string: |
it's a cherry!
|Catnip mice on the beach|
|Ccino demands to be groomed daily|
Cappuccino: cinnamon ears and a frothy purr.
Puffin: full of whiskers and love.
Together they were the posse and together they crossed the rainbow bridge five days apart.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I have a lot to be thankful for each day. As we near Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all the PTs, OTs, and speech therapists at Alvarado Hospital who worked to strengthen and stretch my right arm, leg and noodle in the first 6 months. I'm grateful to the Challenge Center for existing, for all the wonderful PTs that helped me with my gait and balance (with a little comic relief thrown in), and the new friends I've met there in various stages of their healing. Most of all, Larry-sweetie for everything every day!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Robert Thome made his way around the painting class at Alvarado Hospital on Friday afternoon in his signature black gaucho hat, long dark braid and white dress shirt.
Stopping his motorized wheelchair at each student’s desk, he coached and encouraged as they created their own version of his painting of a cherry tree branch in bloom.
“That’s right,” he told one student as she added a stroke of brown to the branch taking form on her canvas. “Now start to add flowers wherever it feels right to you. This is your interpretation. Every artist has their own style.”
Robert Thome is an inspiration. He said to just copy what you see. I said I was a good copy artist. He said, from there, you can paint your dreams like Salvador Dali. Wow!
My painting is on the left and his that I'm copying from is on the right.
Friday, July 22, 2011
The realist in me says that first step out the door must be a doozy!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
I painted some greeting cards on Saturday afternoon. They were purple orchids from the latest worksheets I purchased from Laura, my instructor/teacher/mentor.
Later, I opened my mail. We got a card from my parents for our anniversary. Freaky!
Friday, June 3, 2011
June 3rd marked my one year anniversary of my stroke. It seems weird like celebrating a person's death. Brain cells died, but then I was reborn, had to learn how to walk and talk again. I commemorated it by selling my VW Beetle to a neighbor.
And apparently I share it with National Donut Day!
Friday, May 27, 2011
My nephew, Ryan, was deployed to Iraq on Wednesday, May 25th. Kimmy (his mother, my sister) gave me a call to let me know that he arrived in Baghdad on Friday and would fly by helicopter to the base (he's a tank mechanic). When I talked to him last weekend, he said he was excited, nervous, and it probably wouldn't hit him until later. He'll most likely be in Iraq for the full year. Our little man grew up fast.
Picture taken on July 4th, 1995
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Nancy (from Art class) is also the editor of THE SAVVY SURVIVOR, a publication of the SDRI COMEBACKERS NEURO CLUB which meets at Alvarado Hospital in the Rehab Center. She interviewed me for their spotlight and it was published in the May newsletter:
Madelyn doesn’t fit the profile of a person likely to have a stroke. She is 47 years old, with normal blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol. She’s athletic and a vegan. However, on June 3, 2010, in the middle of the day, Madelyn was having trouble typing and went home from work early, took a nap and was reading. Her husband, Larry, came in and saw she was upset and couldn’t talk or stand. Her face was noticeably drooping on the right side and she couldn't answer his questions. Somehow he knew it was a stroke. He called 911 and they took her by ambulance to
. Madelyn said she remained conscious and confident that the stroke wasn’t life affecting. She laughed as she said that, acknowledging that Larry was not as confident as she was. There, she was fortunate to be treated by neurologist Sean Evans, MD. He told her that her stroke was caused by a dissection of the carotid artery, normally caused by an auto or surfing accident. He told her that it was an unusual fluke, only happens to one person in Alvarado Hospital a year, and that she was the lucky one. San Diego
At the time of her stroke, Madelyn was working two jobs: the All Vegan store and as a real estate assistant helping three realtors. She just resigned at the All Vegan store so she could work more hours at the real estate office. The agents have had three different assistants since Madelyn’s stroke and have a new-found appreciation for how much she did.
Despite some remaining stroke effects, Madelyn is making tremendous strides in her recovery. Her stroke was a left brain stroke, which affected her right side and speech. She has expressive aphasia, sometimes not thinking of the word she wants to use. To improve her speech, she challenged herself with Dr. Seuss’ tongue twisters. She’s put together 500-piece jigsaw puzzles to work the “noodle” (mind). Her walking has progressed from being in a wheel-chair to hemi-walker to using a walking stick. Madelyn had to relearn to write with her left hand by checking out grammar school books from the library on how to print and write cursive. While still an inpatient, Leo Madrid introduced Madelyn to Laura McCormick’s art ability class. That happened within the first three weeks after her stroke. From that day on, Laura told Madelyn that she had a natural talent—even with her left hand. The fact is that she never painted since high school. Madelyn continues to be a star pupil in after-care art sessions.
For Christmas, the class painted poinsettias on glass plates and Madelyn decided to hand paint a poinsettia on her Christmas cards. She intended to paint “a few”. Over the month of December, “a few” turned out to be 20 hand painted cards.
Madelyn’s enthusiasm for recovery has taken her to the
Challenge Center gym in . She attends a class there that helps participants relearn balance. She enjoys the physical exercise as well as the social aspect of the La Mesa . Another member, Pete, told her that things take time and a stroke teaches you patience. Challenge Center
She finds the interaction with other stroke survivors inspiring. Seeing their progress has enabled Madelyn to say “I don’t have a crystal ball, but it helps me to keep a positive attitude, to see the progress of people a few years after their strokes.” She has learned focus on the here and now. Her final thought: “Right now, I am sitting with one of my cats on my lap and life feels good.”