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Teechur

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About Teechur

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  • Birthday 24/03/1965

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    I am a teacher and personal trainer who was once 100 pounds more fabulous. I lost that extra flabulosity in 2002 and have kept it off since. I had my SAH stroke on 1/28/12 and am looking for answers to my questions...the main one being, "Will I ever be back to being 'me' again?" I am all for a new normal, but these changes are scary.
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    Washington state
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    Triathlons, Long-distance Running, Running, Technology, Biking, Nutrition, Health, Fitness Instructo
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    Owner, Personal Fitness Trainer and Weight Loss Coach, Journey Fitness and IT Teacher
  • SAH/Stroke Date
    1/28/12

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  1. I ran one on Sunday and my time was over six hours, so trust me...nobody is breaking down doors to sponsor me! Actually I am a sponsored coach in the Brooks Inspire Daily program because of my brain explosion and getting back at it. My time was slow, however, because I took over 20 minutes to provide aid to a runner who collapsed due to cramps from under-fueling. I gave him my water and Gu, massaged Biofreeze into his calf, talked him off the ledge (it was his first marathon) and told him that most certainly he could finish if we could get his electrolytes up. First aid found us and we got
  2. My goodness Louise! I'm surprised you haven't grown horns and have steam blowing out your ears from the frustration of waiting so long! Congratulations, though! What a relief. It is this that scares me when I consider going on part time disability, even though I have paid for disability insurance. I wonder if the stress will be worse than the stress of working and running out of sick pay. I do every year. I still love my job, though, and don't want to lose it but would like to go to half time. So happy for you and bless you for hanging in there!
  3. How horribly sad. I can't even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child, particularly when it was so preventable. I was SO blessed that I went in and said "I feel dumb, but I have a really bad headache and I don't get headaches. This is the worst one of my life." Within ten minutes I was triaged, and five minutes later one of my former students was leaning over me saying "Mrs. K!? So nice to see you! Only wish it were under better circumstances!" Within half an hour I had a diagnosis of a small hemorrhage. Just a simple, relatively (as medical tests go) inexpensive and quick CT scan wou
  4. I too used to run every day, and worked out two times a day in fact. I'd swim or lift in the mornings, then run in the afternoon/evenings. I was told to go back to half my routine after 8 weeks out of the hospital (I was in 3). Well a few weeks previous I had run 2 marathons in 2 days, so I guess he meant I should do just ONE a day. Anyhow, I'm three years post and I am back to running, lifting, swimming, biking. I can do all of what I used to do. Returning came in fits and starts. I do deal with chronic headaches all day, every day, wheeee! I did have to quit karate as no blows to the hea
  5. You're right behind me Tony! So glad you're finding your way. This is such a strange journey to navigate and most of us aren't given a broken compass, much less a map or guide! Sometimes I wish my doctor would tell me to stop working because I am EXHAUSTED! But I keep keeping on and I love my job...
  6. I can "hear" the relief in your writing. I just hate that this happened to all of us. Every step is a victory so take "only" out of your vocabulary. It's hard for us busy ladies to hear this but do remember that this can be two steps forward, one step back but it IS forward. Some days you'll feel like a million bucks and others like gum stuck to the bottom of a shoe. That's all normal. Everything is normal yet nothing is normal. It just is what it is for now and soon it will go back to what it was, hopefully. Or it won't and if it doesn't you are strong, obviously, and you will find a way
  7. Yay Clare! I'm a runner too. I have found my times have slowed dramatically and I can't seem to figure out why. Headaches get in the way of my runs, but not so much that I can't run marathons. I am up to 109 marathons or ultra marathons. My headache doctor (she is a neurologist with a specialty in Headaches) prescribed running as part of my treatment plan because of the way it helps to release serotonin and dopamine for natural pain relief. It also exposes us to Vitamin D, which we need for healing and more help with serotonin creation. (Well exposes us to the sun which allows the body to
  8. John and Clare You are very right that you cannot compare brain healing to any other type of healing. It's like a roller coaster, only with no rhyme or reason most of the time. Some days you can feel like you're finally getting back to normal, only to have three days of needing to be in bed or even UNDER the bed. Nothing is normal, but everything is not abnormal, if you know what I mean. You will sometimes feel like your skin is crawling with spiders, or not. At times it might feel like someone is pouring water over your brain, or not. You may find yourself fatigued from a simple phone
  9. Praise the Lord! Definitely give it to God. I'm not good at that. I do give it to Him, but often I wrestle it back from Him. He understands. He made me stubborn that way. However I find when I finally do just give it up in exhaustion, it is such a relief. So thankful you can rest easy now.
  10. You know Louise, I like the person I am too! I never thought about it that way. I may miss the life, but I do like the person. I'm way more chill and laid back. I don't sweat the small stuff because it's all just small stuff. I like that about me now. I do wish I didn't have to lay down in bed for two days a week sometimes (this week has not been good, but today is) but I like me. I'm going to hang onto that! I do not know what we're doing. It's a surprise! Oh, I am doing a race, not running it although I am running part of it. Every year for my birthday I organize a race. It star
  11. The business has actually dropped because I have let parts of it go for now because I can't keep up with it. I know I will be able to at some point, or I won't. I'm okay with that. The part I let drop off is the part that was most emotionally draining; working one on one with weight loss clients. I love love LOVE them, but it did mean taking on other people's emotional problems and I find that kind of thing the most draining. The fitness aspect is actually the least draining. I can let my mind just go and exercise (although I've learned not to look over something and believe I will remember it
  12. I have started to see a therapist, who deals with chronic pain, for my headaches. This Winter has been extremely hard because of the weather. I've kept close track of my triggers and pressure drops seem to make it way worse, and pressure rises make it kind of worse. Well we get three days of rain, then about day three I'm getting used to the drop and we get three days of cold and clear. Just when I'm starting to feel like life is awesome again, the pressure drops and I want to jump off a bridge. When I started having "Maybe it would have been better if I hadn't made it..." thoughts I knew it
  13. Thanks. It is a good opportunity to keep my position and what I love to do. Hopefully next year the Winter will be easier. It's more like Fall this year so maybe it'll be Wintery where usually we'll just have a lot of cold days one after another, as opposed to three days of clear followed by three days of rain. My brain can't get a break that way and get used to the weather pattern. I've made it to work every day this week, but it's been hard and has required me to go home and go to bed immediately twice. I hate that, but oh well. Hopefully we can move in a few years or even better, I'll heal
  14. Teechur

    Denial

    I did the denial thing too, but it was because I'd never had a headache so bad and had never heard that "the worst headache of your life" can be the sign of a stroke. I actually sat through a movie, went home and tried to take a nap, and all the while I was completely in so much pain that every beam of light and every sound made me want to vomit. Looking back it made no sense to NOT be alarmed. If I hadn't posted on Facebook "I have the worst headache of my life, is this what a migraine feels like?" Thank God among the suggestions to take Excedrin and drink coffee were people in the medical fi
  15. ...and Iola, I hear you. There are sometimes when we have stable cold weather (hot works too, but no rain is what I need...high pressure) and I feel good for a few days in a row. I still have a headache but no dizzies and the pain is light, really bearable. When that happens I get hopeful that maybe it's changed and I'm healing. Then it's like the other shoe falls and the pain returns. I am so disappointed on those days. You'd think after three years I would recognize the pattern and not get my hopes up, but I still do. (I mean I do recognize teh pattern, but it doesn't seem to matter.) I'
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