It is now exactly three years since my stroke and I have come a long way since the first days when I was among other things without voice, leg muscle and had a dead right arm. I can now communicate with sympathetic listeners, Walk up to 2k and handle steps. I can also do household jobs and can nearly play the guitar and keyboards again.
One of my major problems is that my brain has not slowed down. True, I haven't the retentive capacity I had, my reasoning power has diminished and been replaced with a short attention span, but it still continues to expect me to behave pre-stroke!
Last week I watched an Australian made TV show about the continent's geological background. It is a favourite subject of mine and the film was a brilliantly informative creation almost destroyed by an over-the-top music background. My brain ended up on fire trying to remember words like Carboniferous and Ordovician.
Afterwards I picked up a magazine about history, another favourite subject of mine and with seconds realised that I was totally unable to comprehend anything. It was as though my brain had absorbed everything it could, my memory bank was full and in danger of shutting down.
It was quite a scary feeling and took me nearly two days to get back to a comfortable mental attitude. I have still not learned how to pace things well!