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Carl

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About Carl

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    Married with three grown children.
    Discovering I am not the person I once was but hope to be a better person than I ever was. I think it is much harder on the ones who love me than it is on me.
  • Location
    Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
  • Interests
    Art, writing, woodwork
  • Occupation
    Meter Reader
  • SAH/Stroke Date
    May 12 2011

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  1. I am happy about people on here progressing! I am happy I can smile at silly things. I am happy I can make choices for myself. I am happy I am a grandpa and I got to see my first grandchild. There comes a time in every ones life when we learn that rainbows are not magic, When that happens we lose something. After the brain explosion many things seem magic again. The beauty of a fragrance, the joy of being able to filter out a single conversation in a room of many. The joy of silence, the joy of music, the joy of laughter. These are magical. They are milestones. I have come to the conclu
  2. Hi Daff, we are all so proud of you here. I think we all ride those waves, the physical and the emotional ones. I am starting to think more and more that our bodies and brains are like a car. Once you get a car repaired you listen for every slight noise and feel for vibrations and hesitations. Often they were there all along but now that one thing is fixed they become more apparent. There are many words of wisdom posted on the site. I often come here to prove that I am not alone, still sane and to see if others experience the same things I do. Other than the sane part I am fitting in quite
  3. Well the light at the end of the tunnel does shine, but some bozo at work keeps standing up and blocking it LOL Today I was all ready to continue with the task of running the CCTV in the sewer department. I was keen to get to work so I was the first one out of the office and down to the work bay. A few minutes later I was told to return to the office. I have a new job again. Now I go to every property, take a photograph of the property. Check on the condition of the meter box, dig the box out and expose the meter, examine the meter connections, check for backflow d
  4. I am sorry to hear of all that is going on in your life at the moment. I am also very glad you found this site. We don't have all the answers, but we are very supportive. I really feel like many of the people here are an extended family. In times of hardship we need all the support we can get. If you need an ear to bend feel free to send messages, or if you think many people can help just ask in here. All the best, prayers and positive thoughts go out to you and yours.
  5. I am wondering if anyone else is curious about stress indicators I know my Blood Pressure is one. My irritability Fatigue Memory loss. I hope others will add to the list. Once it is more comprehensive we could make a poll.
  6. Macca is isn't just you! Like I said for some time I had great clarity and as situations change so does my state of mind and in turn my health. Fatigue has been a constant, but it rises and falls with stress. Sleep patterns are non existent, more random than a pattern. Morphing is a good description. I do lack motivation right now. I think if we were given the control over our lives that we require we could adapt much more readily. If you have ever seen one of those Japanese water features that scare deer away, that is how I feel. The water fills the bamboo
  7. I am glad that some of you are doing well at work and I am sympathetic with those who are struggling. I have been back to work for almost two years now. My SAH second anniversary is coming up next week. I was foolish enough to go back a full 40 hours a week from two months after the SAH. I don't recommend that to anyone. I find my condition with work rises and falls like the tides. There are days where I feel I am doing so well and have the clarity close to what I had pre SAH. When I first returned I struggled. I wasn't always aware that my struggles were caused by the SAH. Fo
  8. Hi Gary, glad you found us. This site has done more for my recovery and understanding than anything else I was offered. There are no cut and dry answers to how long it takes. For myself I think I am always on the road to recovery. I am farther along today than I was yesterday still a little further to go. I have experienced all the symptoms you describe. You are not alone. I am coming up to the two year mark this month. My mind is much clearer than it was, my coping skills have improved. I do find stress is very counter productive. Little stress today that is irking me, but I will get over
  9. I am 17 months in and fatigue wears me down. Thats like saying aging makes me old!. I was dealing with a bout of depression for the past few weeks but that seems to have lifted a little. Headaches have become part of my life, I seem to deal with them now by taking ibuprofin for migraines. I am fed up of the fatigue and the fact that my employer fails to see that as something my sick time could help. Still fighting the battle there. I also have the "fog" Loud noises get on my nerves. My wife was watching TV a few weeks ago and the commercials were twice as loud as the show. I asked her to t
  10. Enlightenment and clarity, that is my new goal. I talked to a spiritual friend today who suggested that perhaps my brain is looking for new ways to express what I need to express. I like the thought. I would like to use my experiences to help others any way I can.
  11. Glad things are going well Sandi. I have been reading meters at work for the past month or so. This past week I took off as a vacation, Quite a lazy time. Since I have been reading meters my headaches have returned. Not sure why as this is not stressful. I really enjoy it. I guess I will have to see the doc again and find out what is going on. I do get physically tired but it is not at all the same as the mental and emotional fatigue I have suffered in the past. I am still waiting to try and see a neuropsychologist. who knows if that will happen. T
  12. I had a lot of lower back pain in the early days after SAH. I put mine down to the 4 or 5 lumbar punctures they gave me. I have noticed that even now, if I am slouching on the couch I get a back ache. I will say though that the back pain does fade and eventually for me it became a memory..... good job my memory is
  13. Just as you feel I get the same way. It comes in cycles. Somedays I could take on the world and then an hour later I need to curl up in cotton wool and let the world slip by. The other day I picked up my wife from her nail appointment, She rode her bike there so I needed to put the bike in the back of the car. What an ordeal. We got it in the back and then I tied the hatch down. When I got home I could not figure out how to get it out of the car. My wife told me to step back and she merely turned the handlebars and pulled it out. I felt like the cartoon where someone tries to go through a d
  14. Just over three weeks ago I was transferred back to my old job that I did about a year before my SAH. I have done the job for 20 years. Well I was finally asked to provide some feedback. The expectation was for around 300 reads a day . I average around 400 or so. The question I was asked is how am I coping. They dont want to over work me, specially with all the legal battle we are going through at work. The fatigue I feel these days is physical, The mental fatigue is still there but there is something rewarding about being physically tired after a hard days wo
  15. That is a great video. I like her description of a collage. That is what hits me the collage.
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