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saying hello as a newbee, and looking forward to reading all these posts i had a right side hemorrhagic stroke in Jan this year I had great treatment , i live in France. 4 weeks in hosp then transferred to rehab unit attached to hosp 3 months physio etc where they taught me to walk again and do most of day to day stuff on my own. have been at home now for 6 months, now climbing stairs slowly :) and bi weekly physio but still have spasticity in left hand.
also suffer from an under-active thyroid and sleep apnea; both of which don't help with headaches. just wanted to say hi and its good to know others out there

Hi Karen. Hi to you as well. I had a similar stroke 19 months ago. You are still in the early stages of recovery, so keep at it. I can now have short daily walks, I cook and bake and do a little ironing. Today I even did a modest amount of dusting. I hate the hard uphill slog and still get post stroke fatigue, but I am grateful to have some quality of life back. Good luck on your journey!

Dear Karen
Welcome to the forum. Lots of good tips from lots of decent people.
You have gone through the worst bits, although there is still a long journey ahead.
I am in my 100th week of recovery, mine was a clot not a bleed.
For me the SF is my biggest problem, but we are all different.
I have been out three times today. Once to a morning group, once to the supermarket and once to a relax group class. I drive to all these. I can get up a step ladder (and down again !) bake cakes, keep my very long garden ticking over and write endless posts on this forum. Please do not think of this as my boasting, it is just that I want to share the good news along the journey.

If you missed earlier posts, I have taken up the suggestion to watch a TV program named "Speechless" which is on the BBC iplayer, but wont be on there for much longer. Although it dragged up the emotionality, eg I cried, it was such an excellent representation of what we go through, I recommend watching.
My mantra is:
Smile four times a day, maybe false or forced or fake, but it still works.
Be positive, concentrate on what you have achieved.
You are not alone.
Best wishes
Colin

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