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waveswithin



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:33 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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waveswithin



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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Caro



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!


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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, same from me!


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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, “I think I’ve had a stroke”.  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 – 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 don’t 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 haven’t 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 – 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  –  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 – I have people coming in daily to shower or wash me, do exercises and every week I get an hour’s 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 don’t feel I myself have changed much – I appreciate more the efforts to accommodate wheelchairs. I haven’t 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 doesn’t seem to have been a problem for me.  I am probably more anxious than I used to be, though that is lessening too.



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