My computer is acting up - and I am not in the mood !!
I am positive Beth had small stroke on the morning of May 4th 2013. Returning home after three days in Peace Arch Emergency, I definitely noticed a slight loss of some of her physical abilities. Again I am sure she had another one about Feb. 6th. She since then has been having considerable trouble with her speech, and lately her walking has become more of a shuffle - this from a woman that for most of her life has been a dedicated (and fast) walker. And very lately (yesterday afternoon at watershed park) was stumbling with the shuffle. All the while very, very tired.
These small strokes (TIA's) can be very serious and portend to a potential full blown stroke.
I had a small stroke about ten years ago.
I had another - rather more serious on Feb 28th 2014. Sandra insisted (like a good daughter should) I got to Peace Arch the morning of March 2nd. Was treated very seriously (not like Beth) have had several tests - still am - and some blood pressure medication. I do notice I am slipping a bit.
Again - there is a relatively high probability of one or both of us having a serious stroke within the next year or so.
This is why I am writing this while I am functional - relatively in any event.
If either of us has a stroke the changes within our -( and our family's lives) will be - well lets face it - catastrophic. Both Beth and I have been visiting friends lately that have had strokes. It always leaves one with a profound feeling of deep sadness, leaving a friend that is slowly drifting further into a shell they cannot escape, although it is so obvious they are trying so very hard!
We both are so worried about the other. Neither of us want to be a burden on the other. Both of us would gladly look after the other.
Neither of us want to become helpless and unable to communicate to those around us.
We lived through Beth's Wonderful Mother suffering for years in a vegetable state.
We don't want that for anyone.
Glad I did this all for now.