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Caro

Caro out of action

Not sure if this is the place to put this. Caro has given me (husband Malcolm imperfect instructions). But she's asked me to let this Board know our not-such-good news. Caro has a rather serious stroke about one month ago, before our trip to New Plymouth - 10 September. We were at home and with ambulances and helicopter were in the hospital within a couple of hours - not bad for our rural location.
She has begun her recovery well. Happily did not lose speech for more than a couple of days, and cognitive and memory functions are largely undamaged. Caro is well in herself.  It was a left brain stroke and so the right side will take some time to recover. She already has some movement in her fingers and has begun the awkward task of learning (redirecting the brain) to walk again. We have a great Rehab Unit in Dunedin who are looking after her well.
If any of you have her email address, I could give further details and keep you updated if you wish. Happy to have information shared wherever you think appropriate.
Malcolm for Caro
Chibiabos83

Thanks very much for letting us know, Malcolm. I had wondered where Caro had gone. Sorry to hear this very sad news, but I suppose it's good that things aren't as bad as they might be, and that speech, movement, etc. are returning, however slowly. Do give all our best wishes to Caro with her recovery, and I hope we'll see her back here when she's able. Gareth
MikeAlx

Hi Malcolm, very sorry to hear about this. Wishing Caro the very best possible recovery.

Best wishes
Mike
Mikeharvey

Hello Caro, sorry to hear you've not been well. Hope youre soon back in full circulation....and bouncing!!
Sandraseahorse

I was really shocked and upset to learn this.  Please give her our best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery.
Castorboy

It must have been very upsetting all round. Our thoughts are with you, Caro.
Marita

Wishing Caro all the best for a speedy recovery.
Jen M

Hi Malcolm.  Thank you for letting us know - this is awful news, but I am very glad that it is not as bad as it could be.  Please pass on my best wishes for her recovery.
Joe McWilliams

My goodness, this is upsetting. Please pass on my best wishes to Caro for a full recovery.
Gul Darr

Hello Malcolm. Really sorry to hear about Caro. I hope she is continuing to steadily improve and will make a full recovery. All the best to you both.
waveswithin

What an eerie coincidence - discovered this forum today by stumbling across a beautiful post by Caro on the theme of dying gloriously in The Hill by H.A. Vachell which I am reading at the minute. Followed her profile link and this was the first post that came up.

Very sorry to read this news, and I hope your recovery is as swift and comfortable as possible, and that you have plenty of interesting reading material to keep you stimulated along the way!
Castorboy

Welcome to the Board, waveswithin. Is this the first book board you have joined? It is for me, and I find the variety of reading is terrific.
waveswithin

It is. Only really been on music forums before, which is my other passion - felt I wasn't quite prolific enough to discuss books on places like this, it probably takes me a couple of months on average to get through whichever my two books are at the time.

One good thing about having both music and reading as hobbies is that they can be combined simultaneously, providing the music isn't too intrusive. Something like The Disintegration Loops or 120 Midtown Blues are perfect albums to have on while reading.
Apple

Just seen this post - my warmest best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to Caro xx
Jen M

Get well wishes to Caro - I do hope her health is improving.
Caro

Today I was at the doctor's and the excellent nurse there (who cuts my toenails among her other duties) said the first thought she had when she heard of my stroke was "I hope she can still read."  I was in the waiting room with my book - normal behaviour for me, though not so normal to be in a wheelchair with it. Still working on the walking, but it's a;ways a relief to get back to the wheelchair.
Joe McWilliams

All the best with your recovery, Caro. I'm sure glad you can still type!
chris-l

Caro, I am sorry to hear  that you are still having mobility problems and are needing to use a wheelchair. From the upbeat tone of your contributions to the board, I had thought that your recovery was much more advanced than seems to be the case. Thank goodness your reading is not impaired. That would be a real torment. I am sure there are people, the active, sporty types, who would find the loss of mobility the most difficult thing to deal with, but we 'Big Readers' have a different perspective.

Take care of yourself, and may you get stronger every day!
Chibiabos83

Yes, same from me!
Caro

An update from me about my health.  This was published in the Clutha Leader recently:

I was sitting at the computer about to turn it off for the night on September 10th last year when suddenly I felt my arm weaken.  I called out to Malcolm, my husband, that something was wrong with me. I then said, ďI think Iíve had a strokeĒ.  That was the last words I said for the next few days.  I could still think, so it was a bit frustrating for everyone.  

Up till the moment it happened I had felt as normal Ė no symptoms at all, not even a slight headache. I was being treated for diabetes, high blood pressure and highish cholesterol.  But despite all these things wrong with me, I hardly ever got sick. It was a brain bleed, a less common form of stroke.  Over 80% of them are clots.

I donít remember much about the next couple of hours, though I was vaguely conscious at least some of the time.  The rescue helicopter came quickly and my daughter-in-law came with me. I was in no pain, and indeed havenít really suffered much pain at all; twinges in my shoulder and sometimes in my leg have been the extent of it.

The staff at Wakari were marvellous.  The nurses, male and female, came at the press of a button.  The physiotherapists there and at Clutha Health First have pushed me as hard as they can to get me walking again.  I am getting there slowly.

Wakari also had accommodation onsite for my husband, which was a real bonus. The food was my one complaint Ė I was put on a sugar and salt free (and taste free) diet for a start.  Eventually the kitchen staff sent through a complaint to the main hospital kitchen and they improved a bit.

My husband has been invaluable  Ė  without him I would have had to be in institutional care.  I need him to take me to the commode at night, and get me in and out the house and car.  He has to make almost all the meals.  

And the people of Owaka and my sons and their families have been a constant source of help.  And after returning home, the care from Access has been wonderful Ė I have people coming in daily to shower or wash me, do exercises and every week I get an hourís cleaning and two hours respite care for Malcolm. And we are entitled to 28 days annual respite care at Clutha Views.  I would advise others in a similar situation to take advantage of all the help available.  

We are lucky in the layout of the house. We have put a rail in up the steps to let me walk into the house.  Other changes we have had to make have been around the bedroom.  We now have a bed pole to help me get into bed and a seat over the toilet that allows me to get off it.

I donít feel I myself have changed much Ė I appreciate more the efforts to accommodate wheelchairs. I havenít lost my senses or my ability to read and I am gaining back the use of my right hand so I can type and write again mostly.  I speak a little more slowly and lose some words I am grasping for.  I gather many people with strokes get depression, but that doesnít seem to have been a problem for me.  I am probably more anxious than I used to be, though that is lessening too.
Chibiabos83

Thanks very much for that, Caro. I've assumed that because you've still been posting here things have been going well, but it's good to have an update. All best wishes for your continued recovery!
Sandraseahorse

That was very informative, Caro.  I presumed when you started posting again that you were virtually fully recovered but you made me aware that recovery from a stroke is often a long and difficult process.

I'm glad that at least you are not suffering depression.  My father was very depressed after his stroke.
Marita

Thank you for the update, Caro. I'm glad you don't suffer from depression.
Wishing you all the best for your further recovery.

Joe McWilliams

Thanks for letting us know how it's been going for you, Caro. Of course I had no idea and assumed, as I tend to do, that things were fine. Apart from a hint of a change in the demeanour of your posts, that is. I've noticed that, but don't ask me to define it. In any case, I appreciate your candour.
Keep up the good work!
Apple

I hope you make a speedy and full recovery and I send you all my best wishes and you are in my thoughts xx

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