This Thread is about how a person who had a stroke in May 2021 is experiencing life AFTER the stroke. My Ups and Downs.

 This Thread is about my experiences after a stroke, some days are much better than  others, some days my typing is off some days I am struggling to read.     It has been a life experience to understand some doctors and even some nurses.  You see I am not meant to be able to type according to them.    I am gratful my brain is letting my fingers do the work!!   I keep a diary in my own hand.   But I have not been able to use my little car due to my eyesight when I had the stroke.  However, I don't knock things off the kitchen bench anymore!  So my eyes have definately improved thank goodness.  My biggest worry is not being able to drive and use my car, also reading, much as it has improved I am a long way from where I was prior to the stroke.  This Thread is about things I enjoy in life now and what I have experienced. Some people will like to follow this some won't.


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A baby is handed over to the American army over the perimeter wall of the airport to be evacuated in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday in an image taken from a video obtained from social media       

A baby is handed over to the American army over the perimeter wall of the airport to be evacuated in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday in an image taken from a video obtained from social media

[How desperate you must be to hand your child over to a stranger to have a better life wondering if you will ever see it again? it brings tears to my eyes]

Desperation all over the world.

UK coalition forces, Turkish coalition forces, and US Marines assist a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Friday       

UK coalition forces, Turkish coalition forces, and US Marines assist a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Friday 

Desperate people all over the planet, now were is safe.

I say this due to the emails I have received from over seas, one in particular from a friend in California who wants to move the family further north on the Canadian border, but hubby reminded him that even Canada has been experiencing wild fires also.  

The world is certainly undergoing a massive change besides the wars we have climate changes all over the place.

I wonder if this lad will see his family again and wonder how his parents feel handing him over, it reminds me of the wars we grew up in WWII and the children there that were farmed off onto new countries for a safe life, a better living and what do we see now climate change.

Big corporations that are money hungry pumping out fumes into the air to make more plastic and other goodies for them to make bigger profits.

Makes me wonder if this virus was not mothers nature telling us to all stay home and stop travelling around puffing out more fumes!

Desperation all over the world.

Yes ... very depressing ... on so many fronts ... war, weather and plague.

So much heartbreak and terrible things happening all over the world now and getting worse -- almost like Armageddon

Those poor little children. Just imagine the sacrifice the parents have made wanting their children to have a better life.  And here we are complaining about lock downs and having to wear a face mask.

PRINCE CHARLES: The devastation in the land of my father is the stuff of nightmares. We must ALL act before it's too late...PRINCE CHARLES: The devastation in the land of my father is the stuff of nightmares

It has been heartbreaking to see the devastating fires affecting Greece, Turkey, and now Italy which has just recorded Europe's highest ever temperature PRINCE CHARLES writes. It has been truly the stuff of nightmares to see the once blue skies above the Peloponnese, Attica and the island of Evia turn a bright orange as mile after mile of the country's famed landscape and over 100,000 hectares of forest and farmland have been swallowed up by ferocious flames, causing the tragic loss of life, injury and the widespread destruction of so many peoples' homes and livelihoods.

Her film star father was so astonished when she want from obscurity to global icon, aged 12, HAYLEY MILLS hid the reviews of their first joint movie together. As her memoir reveals, it was the start of a decades long family dramaHow little Hayley Mills outshone her film star father to conquer the world

HAYLEY MILLS: One day in 1961, I received a cardboard box that contained an exquisite little Oscar. Half as big as the full-sized one, it had been created specially for child movie stars, including Judy Garland and Shirley Temple. And me. Yet there isn't a single photograph of me holding my baby Oscar - even though my father was constantly taking snaps of me and my siblings. In fact, after it arrived at our home, it was never really mentioned again. I don't even recall where my parents put it. I just know that they worried it might all be 'too much'. It's more likely, however, that it was my father John Mills (pictured right, pretending to be a press photographer with Hayley) who found it all too much. After a long and distinguished career as a movie star, he'd yet to win an Oscar himself. So it must have been pretty galling when his 14-year-old daughter got one for Pollyanna - her very first film for Disney (left: Hayley in a portrait issued for Pollyanna).

[Used to enjoy her movies she acted in]

Teacher, 31, spends eight weeks building Lego replica of the Titanic using 25,000 bricks that capture every detail of the doomed ship - as well as the iceberg

Swiss teacher, 31, spends eight weeks building replica of the Titanic out of Lego

Niklaus Meier, 31, from Lucerne, Switzerland, estimates that he spent 3,000 Swiss Francs (£2,400) on the famous plastic bricks for his recreation of the ship. With no instructions to follow, he took eight weeks replicating every lifeboat, every window and every detail in 1:145 scale, bringing the famous ship back to life. The RMS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg (depicted left in Lego) while travelling on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in April 1912. At its launch, the luxurious vessel (inset top) was the largest ship in the world. Mr Meier was inspired to take on the project by his seven-year-old nephew, Henri. Apart from the rigging, the final creation is made entirely of Lego or compatible off-brand bricks, and held together by nothing but the studs of the pieces. The finished replica is more than 6feet long and weighs roughly 45lbs. The real Titanic was nearly 883feet in length and weighed around 52,000 tons.


The secret behind the Stradivari violin: Famous instruments produce their stunning sounds thanks to a chemical treatment of borax, zinc, copper, alum and lime water, study finds

Analysis by an international team led from the National Taiwan University found that the chemicals were found throughout the instruments' wood, not just the surface.


Really interesting, thanks Celia.

LOL took some time to read this to hubby but I got through it!  

I found it interesting but a struggle to read through the heading will go back and read the rest if I can.

Every fireball meteor that has hit Earth's atmosphere in the last 33 years is revealed in new map - including giant 65-foot rock that exploded over Russia in 2013Every fireball meteor that has hit Earth's atmosphere in the last 33 years revealed in new

NASA released a map showing hundreds of fireball meteors that have soared through Earth's atmosphere from 1998 through 2021, with the 2013 space rock over Russia being the largest. The world map shows dots, ranging in four different sizes and colors, that are proportional to the impact (kinetic) energy of each fireball, the total energy the meteoroid brought into the atmosphere due to its velocity. Scientists use the kinetic energy given off by the fireball, sound waves and energy at other wavelengths to determine the size even before it enters Earth's atmosphere.

Sent to me from a friend in the UK, via Melbourne!

A young Arab boy asks his dad 

"what are you wearing on your head?"

The father said: 

"Why, my son, it is a 'chechia.' In the desert it protects our heads from the intense heat of the sun."


"And what is the long flowing robe you are wearing?" 

asked the boy.


"Oh, my son!" 

exclaimed the father 

"It is very simple. 

This is a 'djbellah.' As I have told you, in the desert it is not only very hot, but the sand is always blowing. 

My djbellah protects my entire body."


The son then asked: 

"But Father, what about those ugly shoes you have on your feet?"


"These are 'babouches' my son," 

the father replied. 

You must understand that although the desert sands are very beautiful, they are also extremely hot. 

These babouches keep us from burning our feet."


Son asks

 "what is that black tent mom and sister are wearing ?"


Father :

" It's called a burkha , it helps the hot desert sand from hitting the face and body during a sandstorm" .


"So tell me then," 

added the boy.


"Yes, my son..."


"Why are we living in Melbourne and still wearing all this shit?"


The twin girls who made it to Britain... and the children who were left behind by their parents in Afghanistan: Two tales of ecstasy and anguish on another day of chaos  - as a THOUSAND people who helped Britain face being left to Taliban

Two families and two tales of ecstasy... and anguish amid desperate evacuations in

Young sisters Asna and Sana (top) may not yet understand just how fortunate they are to escape Afghanistan amid fears that up to 1,000 face being left behind. But for their translator father, the RAF evacuation flight to Britain from Kabul was a lifeline, as he admitted the Taliban would have killed him because of his vital support for the Army. The ecstasy of the family - interpreter Nooragha Hashimi, his wife, the twins and their brother - was in stark contrast to the desperate scenes unfolding outside a temporary British processing unit at Kabul's airport, illustrating the lottery faced by those trying to reach the UK

This news item I have only read in part, not fully.

The power of forgiveness: Hugh Jackman hugs the mother who abandoned him as a child… a decade after revealing they 'made peace'Hugh Jackman hugs the mother who abandoned him as a child

Hugh Jackman was just eight years old when his mother, Grace McNeil, abandoned her family in Australia and returned to the UK. The Hollywood actor, 52, has previously described Grace's sudden departure as 'traumatic', but it appears time heals all wounds. Hugh posted a photo on Instagram on Monday of himself hugging Grace as they both smiled warmly at each other, and simply captioned it: 'Mum.'

Hugh Jackman, what a great bloke -- AND great actor

Makes one wonder what his mother is after -- seeing she never cared before?

I love Hugh Jackman too ... as you say PlanB ... seems like such a nice bloke.

A little more background ... 

Jackman was born in Sydney, to Grace McNeil (née Greenwood) and Christopher John Jackman, a Cambridge-educated accountant.His parents were English and had come to Australia in 1967 as part of the "Ten Pound Poms" immigration scheme. His parents were devout Christians, having been converted by Evangelist Billy Graham after their marriage.

Jackman has four older siblings and was the second of his parents' children to be born in Australia. He also has a younger half-sister, from his mother's remarriage. His parents divorced when he was eight, and Jackman remained in Australia with his father and two brothers, while his mother moved back to England with Jackman's two sisters.

Yes RnR he sure is, and it always makes me wonder how a mother can leave her children


It is sad that you've changed your health topic to a general chit chat which we have a number of on this forum.

I am sure that a number of people that suffered the same or similar circumstances would find it helpful but now will be unable to find it.

Hi Suze!

I still am suffering from the after affects of the Stroke in May!

I keep trying to improve my reading, which I have just done with your post, that took me about three minutes to read as I have to sound out the letters to get the meaning.  Unless a person has experienced a stroke you cannot imagine the frustration it is to try to communicate.  

When I write or type like this I sometimes mix up the Ps and ds, even when I write my diary each day, I am starting to pick up the errors myself, for instance I just made a mess of the word 'errors' and went back to correct it. 

This afternoon I have a lesson with a lady that comes into the house to help me read.

I have improved apparently!  LOL

But some times are much better than others, it really helps I find when I have my sleep in the morning and afternoons, but yesterday morning I had a heavy day and I had an injection, not for the virus.  But that in itself was hurting.  I told the doctor yesterday the side affects that I am experiencing with sleeping tablets, his reply was 'it can as you have injured the brain'  the sleeping tablets made me woosie when I got up in the morning for about three hours! So I don't take them anymore.

I enjoy reading the news in the newspapers.  I appreciate I have the ability to write longhand and type, but the ability to re read what I have written after about two to three minutes seems to get lost in the mind and I have to go back to sounding the letters again.  It has improved, but it is slow going.

I hope you don't think this is an easy task?   I am just so grateful that I am able to type perhaps not as good as I once did and my diary is a bit of a mess with crossing out and corrections!

Anything that is put into this Thread has been read by me or written.

Husband sometimes will look over my shoulder! and correct things, but now I am finding that my new glasses have enabled me to look at the area that is gooblyguck!   So instead of him picking up the keyboard and finding the errors for me, I have been able to correct them  [I hope!]

For instance I just made a mess of the word keyboard!   I didn't put a k in the word!

I just wish people that have experienced a stroke would join in chatting also.................

Thank you for your comments Suze.

Now I need to go and try to select myself a new mobile phone.  I was going to do it yesterday but I got too tired and asked husband to take me home.

We have had a terrible week with the washing machine, I don't think I mentioned this as I didn't think it was interesting to others!   We have always purchased ASKO, but the last five years the manufacturers have moved from Sweden to Slovenia.    Then the new washingmachine we got five years ago kept on dieing on me, which was driving me nuts.  The last time was over a month ago and the belt snapped  we were told on Saturday morning when the new one arrived that the belt had not been fitted correctly! Great, at least it worked for five years, but it should have lasted longer.    They repair man said it should have been left with a space and ours was not!  So over four weeks ago I was here in the study and husband was in bed, I knew it had been raining, and I thought it had started to throw hail on the windows!  So I didn't much notice of the noice!

The noise was like hail, then I started to smell rubber burning!  My late mother used to say I had a smell like a blood hound!  LOL   So I rushed into the laundry, and there I saw sparks flying out the machine!  Husband still was in bed!   

I then managed to get to the back of the machine and turned the electric switch off!

Then called hubby to sort it out!  Of course it had to have a pair of my best jeans in it going one million revss!   I was thinking what would my new jeans look like with holes I thought.  But luckly hubby managed to get open the thing and rescued my jeans!

It was about five days before the machine man came to look at it, and took out the rubber belt, well you should have seen it, it was stripped into bits!

So I have been washing by hand and putting the old cloths trying over the bath to take the drips!  I could not put the wet clothing in the dryer it was too wet.

So that is another stressful situation.

As it turns out my step daughter was about to buy a washing machine, we suggested she hold off and take our old one that has been fixed and we yesterday went to purchase a new one this time it was not ASKO!  But Bosh, I have had Bosh before and found them to be very good.

Now I am going to have to close and get ready to go out.

Hope you can understand my typing as hubby is not here to check the errors that I may have missed.


Cannot remember if I have mentioned this before, but for those that are getting over a Stroke the lady that helps me read she said that they have made great strides in the last ten years on understanding what happens in the brain after a stroke.

However, having said that I myself have found the medicals tar everyone with the same brush!

The nurse that came in about two weeks ago to take blood for testing was shocked that I answered the door myself, husband was in bed he is not well himselve.

I showed her in and we chatted, she didn't even expect me to talk!

I find this frustrating the medical should take each patient for their own abilities not expect everyone to be unable to do the same thing.

I can hold a conversation the  same as I did prior to having the stroke, and I am able to walk, although I am going to have to have a hip replacement some day. The doctors disagree even on that!  One say you cannot have surgery until you have had three months after having a stoke, others say six months! 

Personally I don't think the doctors know what they are talking about!

We all need to be assessed as individuals not keep everyone one in the same shoe box!

My other frustration is not driving.

One specialist says he thinks I will eventually have 20 20 visiion!  Others say no!

Now I am making myself another cuppa and have some tablets for the morning.


Thinking of you Celia ... hang in there.

Thanks RnR!  You are a sweetie.

Another thing I have experienced about this stroke, I weighed in at 80.4kgs I was going up and down with my weight by about 500gms.

Now five days ago I weight in after my shower at 75.90 it is going up and down again by around the same about 500grms.

Looks if I may have to get some smaller clothing!  LOL

My jumpers are hanging on me.   In hospital they said I should not lose anymore weigh and I was around 77.4.

Oh well I am back to about the weight I was when I met my hubby 32 years ago now.

It is 9.50am now and I am getting into the car and being driven to find a mobile phone.

I wish I could get into the car and drive myself.



If the US President is not getting on with Goris where does this leave the Australian troops now?

Biden starts to WITHDRAW US troops from Kabul  after snubbing Boris and G7's pleas to extend evacuation - leaving UK just '24 hours' to finish evacuation while  humiliated PM pleads with Taliban to keep letting people out


Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel used a G7 meeting to urge the president to keep the operation going longer, but the entreaties appear to have fallen on deaf ears. White House sources said Mr Biden had instead agreed with the Pentagon that there would be no change to the timeline of the mission. The rebuttal came after the Taliban repeating blood-curdling warnings of consequences if there was an attempt to cling on. 'All people should be removed prior to that date,' a spokesman told a press conference in the capital. 'After that we do not allow them. We will take a different stance.' The thinly-veiled threat means that unless Mr Biden opts to use US military might to enforce control of the area, troops will have to abandon the humanitarian operation and start focusing on their own exit plan as soon as tomorrow. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has warned of the danger of a 'shooting war' at the airport as the deadline approaches, after the RAF extracted another 2,000 people in the past 24 hours. Berlin and Paris have also been ramping up their evacuation, but there are still thousands of desperate people waiting to be taken to safety.

Ministers dismiss hopes of extending Kabul airlift beyond August 31 | Daily Mail Online

Think it's all over now ... bar the misery of the Afghan people now totally at the mercy (or lack of it) of the Taliban.

The withdrawal of Western troops has been flagged for many months now which really makes me wonder why everything regarding evacuations seems to have been left to the very last minute by both ... 
• those wanting to leave the country
• western governments promising evacuations

Seems ridiculous.

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I thought I may place here a site for senior ladies hair styles, I know one of the first things I wanted to do was go to the hairdressers!   I had not been for some weeks and my hair was getting very bitty and needed trimming.  I didn't go for a further month!  So by then it was that much longer so I have changed my hair style!  LOL

But I was just thinking if there are ladies that have recently had a stroke and have come out of hospital and having trouble searching on the net, which is very easy for them to get confused doing that, I thought I would put some sites down for them to look through!  


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You forgot to include my fav female haircut Cat

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When you look back over the years we probably had longer hairstyles when we were younger. Now with advancing years our hairstyles have become shorter. Now with not being able to get to hairdressers we either resort to our hair getting longer or buying a lovely wig. My son offered to trim my hair and I must admit it looks pretty good. I've never dyed the hair as it's still in the Pepper and Salt stage.  I like 3 and 7 hairstyles. 

I have not been to the hairdressers in 2 years and I had my friend cut my hair -- was pretty wonky but after 2 or 3 weeks it is bearable now



Thanks ladies for your comments; I had a trim in April, the stroke in May and I only had it trimmed three weeks ago, but my hair always grows quickly so it had gone well passed my ears by then and my cut in April was a bit like Pink cut, but with no colour in.

Now it grew so quickly it was getting too mess for me so I had the hairdresser cut it into the style 16!  Not sure if I shall keep it that length for summer though.

I have no colour in it, I used to and have not had it coloured for two years now.   It is a very dark grey with a thick grey streak in!    Hubby wants me to leave it like that he likes it.  

Talking about having hair cut, hubby needs a cut it has grown so much, I used to trim it now and again and his eye brows too!  But with my eye site not the same I may do some damage so he has to go to the hairdressers next week for a trim!

Not sure why my hair grows so quickly, perhaps it is the medication I am on!  LOL

Talking of medication, when I was at the dentist on Thursday I had to have a back took rebuilt, it had an old filling in it and the dentist said the make up of the filling expands!  Never heard that, this are the old fillings.   It then splits the took itself.  So he has rebuilt the took with the new white filler.  Not sure what it is called.

The longest time doing it took for the medication in the needles that were injected into the gums!   The first was a little needle then came in the huge thing!  He must have left it in the gum for a couple of minutes!

Then he starting working on it and it was over in no time, I was surprised.  However the tooth, gum and the lips were numb till around 7pm that night, and my head was woozie.     The next day I was not myself!!   So I rested in the morning before getting the shopping at Woolies Friday afternoon.  Not my favourite time for shopping!


Just took out my chocolate cake!  Looks good and it makes me feel hungry, it is 11.39am here in Perth now. Cannot see any sunshine but grey clouds between the blue sky.

Now I will need to ice the cake.

Are many people baking in the lock down?

I was thinking of making scones but decided on the cake!

I often sit here and wonder if anyone with a stroke also reads this but is unable to type?

I guess there must be people that can read and not type?

I hope their partner would help them to communicate on this Thread like my husband used to.

I still have a long way to go regarding reading but have been able to do the basics this last month, it is so frustrating that the short words with vowels seem to confuse my brain more than the ones with more vowels in.   

I had a chat to the Dentists wife about this on Thursday while hubby was in the chair having work done, she so sweet and easy to chat to..   At first I didn't recognize her  she had her hair cut short with highlights in!  It looks so attractive.

I wish I had the courage to do that to my hair!

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