A Day in the Life of…

Did manage 5 blocks today. Only 5 left with 2 days to go! I am slightly hyped. It looks as if I will make it, weather permitting!

What does this have to do with putting in a long day?
Nothing…absolutely nothing…but it’s a great picture, don’t you think?

I have put in a long day.

I started it late (blame that on my sense of deciding it’s okay to stay up really late if you can sleep in); I will regret that tonight since I have to get up earlier tomorrow. However, what’s done is done.

I have put in a long day today.

I did my usual morning stuff – meds, breakfast, email, blog reads. Then I began putting in my turn on the “words with friends” games I play on Facebook (I love Scrabble and always have). This took much longer than I thought and, interestingly enough, since I took my night meds late, they hadn’t worn off and I, promptly, fell asleep at my computer for about 45 minutes. When I woke up, I swept the 2 non-carpeted rooms, mopped them, did up the trash and laundry into bags and baskets, and sat for a bit. I had supper (pancake and eggs!), cleaned up, walked .5 miles (yeah!), then swept the 3 carpeted rooms of the house.

I didn’t want to tell the world; I just am happy I am improving.

Now, here I am. Why do I tell you all of this? I truly wanted to do just a bit of bragging. Not because that amount of work is really something, for most. No, it’s because in 10 days I will be celebrating my 2nd year since my stroke. I have done a great deal in these past two years, but today I outdid myself in effort and sticking to it.

I don’t want praise or congratulations. I simply want to make a statement to those I know are out there who think they can’t do anything. I can tell you that everything I did today (including the nap) hurt somewhere in my body.

It is a great effort to stay standing, let alone mop and sweep and vacuum. It is a great effort to walk to the front door, let alone half a mile. And it is a great change in me, personally, to simply make the choice to do several things and then do them.

I still have two small things left to do before I drop to sleep. But, whether or not I get those two things done, I will have accomplished a lot today. I want you to understand that, not too long ago, I could decide to do something and then simply not get up to do it. I forget what the psychologist called this, but, often, after a stroke the victim cannot get his body to follow his intentions because his mind simply will not send the order. I am told it is not laziness in this case, it is a near impossibility. I have, finally, overcome this problem for the most part. It still happens on occasion.

I also have times when I procrastinate for just a moment and, hours later, realize I never did it; I forgot totally for that period of time. Yes, things are changing.

Normal? This is now normal for me.

Will I get back to normal? No, but I am feeling more and more positive about the new me and how I will cope with my new world.

Don’t give up – Keep on keeping on. Don’t let people bully you into doing too much and don’ t let them criticize you into doing less than you can.

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  • Aspergers Girls  On April 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Inspiring post. Needed those words today. I had great fatigue today. A couch day! But I know another day will be soon. Thank you for your words and a peek into your world. 🙂 Congrats on the 2 year date! Yeah! Love how you keep it positive. 🙂 Sam


  • Soma Mukherjee  On April 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    wow Scott this is reallly a very inspiring post.not just for those who think they can’t but also those who won’t give it a try no matter what.
    after all that house work and the effect of meds..you managed to find time out to walk and this time 5 block..this really is commendable..And i am not saying this cos you are my friend but cos i have seen really healthy people slothing through out their life not trying or giving their capabilities a chance….
    I really hope people read this post and get as inspired as I am now
    wish you a wonderful weekend 🙂


    • kindredspirit23  On April 28, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Your words inspire me to try even harder. It’s good to know that what I do can positively affect others. You are a wonderful person. I am so glad I have met you. Scott


  • Moiz Billah  On April 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    You are living life-more than can be said of many of us!


    • kindredspirit23  On April 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Oh yes, and I wasn’t always living life! The stroke was a God-send, quite literally, and while I would rather be totally healthy and normal, this life is pleasant; that is worth its weight in gold.


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