When I was admitted last night I was given an additional stroke screening. They check my ability to swallow, along with evaluating strength and coordination. And in the process, it became very clear that my right arm has improved to be in a normal range of function. A bit slower than the left arm, but greatly improved since November, when it flopped like a rag doll. For which I’m very grateful to God, as this really helps with daily living.
My right leg still has a good bit of weakness. But, I can walk around and function at home, and use my walker, outdoors, for short distances. This does exclude bungee jumping and rollerblading, but I can live with that (joke 😀).
I’ve been working my arm at home. Just doing everyday tasks, along with weaving, which has made a difference.
This improvement is from the damage done by the actual stroke that I had in November, following the A-fib episode.
In addition, tonight’s mini stroke appears to have reversed. Which confirms it was only a mini stroke, as you recover much faster, with no permanent damage. An additional relief, as I had concerns when it began that I was about to have another full blown stroke.
It’s also very good to be able to maintain some independence in the hospital. They still watch me when I’m out of bed. But, I can walk on my own, twelve hours after the episode.
Now, they just need to figure out why I’m having the blood clots that are causing all of this stroke activity, and DVTs. Especially to prevent another stroke.
To everyone who has prayed for me and sent kind words and thoughts…thank you so very much! God is definitely watching over me and answering prayers.
My greatest birthday gift this year is the gift of life! Despite all of my challenges and imperfections.