Jun 13
dummy10days , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Being Dumb

I had a heart attack that required a by pass 4/1/15 for 3 months I was good watch sugar . High blood Pressure, Cholestrol and gave up smoking. I   went  back to my old habits after 3 months.  On 5/1/16 I had a minor stroke for 10 days I ignored the Tingling on left side of my face my left arm not working right trouble with left leg and a killer head ache.I went to the ER  on the May 9th and found out I had have a Stroke.  I am verry luckly that I only got a wake up call. My cholesterol was high, my Blood Pressure was high and my A1C for Diabetes was 10.2. I had quit smoking the night before the stroke otherwise if I had kept smoking after the stroke and before going to the ER I  might have done more damage.   My Dr. said he    can not  do  anything  more for me consider this a wake call, get my Cholesterol down HBP down and bring my Diabetes under control. I may get my feeling back on my left but he can't say for sure.  So I am joining this Suport Network to help me make positive changes.  Dennis Carroll                                  
  • Samantha1018
    Dennis, glad that you are recovering. The positive changes that you need to make have to begin with you. No one can change another person or their habits. We have to take the responsibility for that on our own. Smoking is the worst thing that you or anyone else can ever do and I know that from experience. Ask your Dr. about starting cardiac rehab, eat healthy, exercise and start paying attention to the signs that your body is giving you. You can do it!!
  • BevPohlit
    Good that it was only a wake up call, and you're heading in the right direction. Keep up the good work!
  • wh
    You can quit smoking -- it's hard but worth it! Take care of yourself!
  • Judysai422
    Good for you, Dennis. You can and WILL make the changes that will improve your quality of life. It is hard, but you are tough.
  • purple heart
    purple heart,
    Stay positive ! Never give up! Remember there will be good days , bad days and even amazing days! We are all here to give support!
  • StrokeLight2B
    Hi Dennis Welcome aboard. I'm cheering you on. You can do it. I have found that I do best when I set small goals. Take good care of yourself.
  • Bobcat
    I want to share my stories with your reader: The call for independence! I am author, The Power of I Believe, A book of motivation, encouragement and inspirational thoughts after a stroke, a Christian-themed book written to help stroke survivors and others touched by a disability regain their faith and strength as they recover and move forward with their lives. though I wrote this book with stroke survivors in mind, the feedback I have received through my blog and Facebook page has shown me that The Power of I Believe is a source of inspiration for anyone who needs it. Everyone experiences doubt at some point—whether in themselves or in God—and this is especially true after a sudden and traumatic event. I know from experience. In December 2006 I experienced a sudden stroke, which left me battling aphasia. As part of my recovery, I returned to the journals I had kept for many years to find the same inspiration that had motivated me throughout my life. Through these meditations, I came to understand The Power of I Believe. Many people who have a stroke simply do not find the motivation they need during recovery. And this is not an experience unique to stroke survivors; anyone struggling with a disability, or even a difficult time in their life, can find it hard to muster the strength they need. The Power of I Believe is written for these people. The Power of I Believe means making the choice to accomplish your goals—it means having the determination to keep striving and the faith to know that you will succeed. In this book I share the thoughts and the inspirations that gave me the determination and faith to keep working to overcome my aphasia and recover from my stroke. My reflections focus on the power of God, the power of faith, and the power of the mind. Through these inspirational words and thoughts and through my faith, I found the personal strength preserve. I am now back riding my bike, playing golf, swimming, and going to the fitness center. While most books for stroke survivors focus on specific exercises and tasks that will help a survivor to recover and regain functioning, The Power of I Believe is focused on instilling the strength and faith necessary during the recovery process. www.robertleefields.com/
  • leokola
    Learning to fight for yourself can be a big fight to take on! You are not dumb. There are good reasons why the struggle is this hard. Be gentle and compassionate with yourself; you've had enough bullying! I have a note on my fridge--what am I going to do for my heart today? It's the most important thing I do all day.
  • Stroke Of  Good Lluck
    Stroke Of Good Lluck,
    Have the same problem - for 48 years. Think I can help. Use your left hand, over and over and over until you're satisfied with how it works. Ignore the "no feeling " and keep doing it until same returns. Over and over and over. May take some time, but it will.. As for the cholesterol, ask your doctor about Simvastatin to lower same. And, no smoking. Suggest you pay a visit to my "blog" for more stroke advice from a fellow stroke survivor. (http://liveordieastrokeofgoodluck.blogspot.com) Dick Burns astrokeofgoodluck.com
  • carolonowens
    Dennis, listen to your inner self & your close calls that you survived. Life is a gift that God gives us & a mission to accomplish while we are here on earth. Please continue with your good health habits, they're hard, but well worth it. Carol
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