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Macca last won the day on April 19 2020

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About Macca

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    60 yrs old. Two grown up sons, three grandchildren, two boys and a girl. Got married in September 12 to Sandra. Played for Oldham Athletic in early 1970s. Thankful to have found this site. Visited Hawaii and Pearl Harbor in 2003 to fulfil one off my wish list.
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    City of Salford UK nr Manchester
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    Football (soccer), reading, finding out about SAH, Spitfires, sailing ships
  • Occupation
    retired 11/4/2014
  • SAH/Stroke Date
    1/9/2010 L Ant comm- coiled

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  1. Well done Jess, a complete privilege to be a mod with you and the others. You are an inspirational character and clearly a fantastic Mum and human being. Hope you have had a fabulous day!
  2. Thank you all very much for your kind words. I really find it difficult to believe how long it has been since this awful event happened to me. The silver lining though is that I came into contact with all of you. From my point of view, I think you underestimate how much of a help you all are to me with the inspirational things you do, sometimes in the face of terrible adversity. I think this group is a kind of push me pull you type of thing where we all bounce and thrive off each other and long may it continue. Just for the record, my wife and I had a fabulous meal l
  3. https://web.behindthegray.net/topic/6862-sah-informing-the-dvla-uk-only/ Link to the 'Driving after SAH' topic for your information as it covers notification to DVLA. Also consider your insurance policy which may have different terms than the DVLA rules, you may need to notify them - check your terms and conditions. Hope this helps. Macca
  4. Well, I made it! Ten years to the day since my 'event' and I'm still here. It just shows it can be done! It is also eight years to the day that I married the lady that saved my life, my wife Sandra! It is hard to believe that all that time has passed. I am eternally grateful to my surgeon and his team. Well, the weather is fine, the sun is shining, it's a clear blue sky (not often you can say that in Salford!) and we're going for an Italian tonight. Here's to the next ten and thanks to everyone who has supported me through these last ten ye
  5. Ann your bond with your little one will be strengthening day by day. He obviously might not understand the finer details, but he understands for sure you were very ill and he realises he loves his Mom very very much. I'm sure he enjoys doing things for you and realising he is helping you to get better. Mentally, it is very lifting for him and for you and it's' almost an unwritten declaration and demonstration of love between you. It will stay with you both forever and your husband witnessing that will also be beneficial for him. You will come out a stronger family in the end.
  6. No time like the present Jean - even if you start one now you will see changes over time - they might not be a dramatic or as pronounced, but they'll be there for sure. Good luck! Well worth doing!
  7. Hello Ann, Sorry you had to go through this twice Ann, that really is unfortunate. I remember my surgeon telling me that over time coils can compact themselves under their own weight, but that 'it was as rare as hens teeth' was how he phrased it. So you really have been unlucky. The good news is that you survived. I would certainly go looking for answers, if only to understand what happened. On the positive side though - you survived. I've never heard of it actually happening before, but I knew it was a possibility from something I read once. Thank you for
  8. Hi Carolyn, Great question. I'll answer from my own experience and I'm sure others will add theirs. firstly 6.5 weeks is virtually nothing in recovery terms. Months and years is more the order of the day. What I did, and it was completely wrong, in my opinion, with hindsight, was to set myself a goal of getting back to normal. What's wrong with that, I hear you ask? Well, what was 'normal?' In my head, It was back to being the old me, where I was the day before I had the 'event.' But then, that was all I knew. I realised later that was never going to h
  9. Hi Carolyn, Remember fluid is in foods too, so it doesn't necessarily mean just water. Tea and coffee, fruit juice,milk etc is ok. There is also water in melons and cucumber, fruit etc etc. Just drink small amounts regularly throughout the day, as well as taking in foods that contain water. Time is the great healer in this, and everyone is different in this regard. Resting well is as important as exercising well, but get the advice of your own doctors before embarking on any exercise regime. Doing what you want to do, and what you need to do, are sometimes
  10. Hi there, Many congratulations on reaching this anniversary! Your logic is that "it's always there, isn't it?" Well so is the chance of getting knocked over by a bus every time you cross the road, or hit by lightning next time it thunders. Yes, it's there, but so are a hundred and one other risks. Don't let it dominate you! Live each moment to the full and enjoy it. You will have your down moments, of course you will, but try to have more up than down. As Subs says, it is very rare and progress is in front of you, not behind, so grab it with both hands.
  11. Hi Allejam, Not everything you experience will be down to SAH. If I were you I'd get to the dentist again, things might have changed since the last time but you need experts to diagnose and as you know - we can't do that for you because we are not medically qualified in any area. I'm not aware of anyone on this site who has experienced this - but why wait, or suffer - go and get it seen to by the people who really do know what they are doing, dental pain is awful and the sooner it is dealt with the better. (I've never heard of it before, but maybe someone el
  12. Keep your chin up Sallios. It can be frustrating waiting for checks and scans etc but I guess no-one foresaw a world-wide pandemic! Nice to hear from you! Look on the bright side - at least it sounds as though nothing has got worse! If the situation changes contact your docs asap or get down to the emergency department at hospital! best wishes, Macca.
  13. Glad I could help, thank you! It's what we are here for. Sit down and plan how you will explain your injury. Rehearse it if necessary. English is a great language for finding alternative ways of saying things. Good luck. Macca
  14. Hi Shell'ey, I just read your post with interest. I have spotted a couple of potential issues and I hope by pointing them out that I may help you. It is interesting that you, yourself are a rehab therapist. So here goes: 1) A brain injury is invisible, so only you can understand how it has changed you on the inside. So you have to keep communicating to others about how it has affected you. It doesn't all have to be negative - it can be "It did this to me but this is how I coped with it....." 2) Are you helping everyone else without looking at y
  15. Hi Veronica, Thank you for posting this answer. It is pure class, and is a fantastic response to a difficult problem. You show a lot of experience and understanding. It is also interesting Dramblys, for us to remember that carers too, have their own issues to deal with, and that SAH sufferers are not the sole keepers of pain and problems. The world isn't perfect and it is often a cruel and unforgiving place. Life can be a struggle for many of us, and it can be a difficult job to prevail. I think what matters is that we are all able to offer care and compa
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