Saturday, December 30, 2017

A Place with no Space or Time

This will be as condensed as possible fipossible for my first  entry post stroke and I'm attempting to do this on my phone.
I optedfor the moyamoya bypass surgery to prevent probable stroke. The surgery was asuccessful in returning blood flow to my brain. But unfortunately, I did suffer a stroke just days after the surgery. What followed was emergency brain surgery to repair the bleed, two hospital stays, two infections, a coma, and ultimately, partial loss of the use of the left side of my body. I'mappy to report report that after a  21 day stay and acute physical, occupational and speech therapy, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA, I'm able to walk, talk, make phone calls, and feed myself.

It's been incredible to have this happen and lose track of time and dates. We didn't even realize it was Christmas when it came and went. The original plan was bypass surgery on 12/9 with a 2-3 day hospital stay. I was going to fly home on 12/13.
Another way I lost track of time is the stroke took my ability to read a clock correctly. My brain is only processing the right side of the clock. It's a strange and confusing feeling to look at a clock and not know the time. This Is something you've done as a child. After ,40 some years, you look and you don't have to think. You just know the time. I've been working on retraining my brain to look at the clock
differently. It's getting easier. But it's actually a process to just look up at the clock and ,"know" what it says.

2 comments:

  1. Lisa you are truly amazing! I can’t wait to see you in DC - but by then I don’t think I’ll be able to catch up to you! Thanks for the update and such an inspiring first post stroke blog

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  2. glad to see you up and about!

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