Devastating Effects of a Stroke

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    May 09, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
    I don’t know much about Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill). I viewed this video yesterday which shows his post-stroke rehabilitation. Apparently, he was the epitome of health when he experienced a dissected carotid artery which led to his stroke. Watching this reminded me of just how devastating a stroke can be.

    To quote ABC News:

    “In late January doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of Kirk’s neck, revealing he had suffered an ischemic stroke. The Senator eventually underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke but doctors cautioned it would be a long recovery and Kirk has not been back to Washington.”


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    May 09, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    I wish him the best on a full recovery.

    Kirk is one of the rare gay friendly Republicans. Not perfect, but damn good considering his party platform.

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    May 09, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    My husband is in the hospital with a stroke right now. It happened some days ago, but I've been reluctant to mention it here in a separate thread, knowing he & I would be subject to personal attacks by the RJ conservaposse, as they have in the past regarding our previous medical emergencies & problems. (Fortunately I have them all blocked, unable to read their hate) Personal RJ friends were told about it a few days ago.

    He's having more tests this morning, why I'm at home and not joining him until closer to noon. Normally I'm at his bedside from dawn until dark.

    I've already begun to plan for his return, making changes to our home, with grab bars in the shower and around the toilet. I'm removing the glass shower doors, replaced by a curtain, in case he should fall.

    The hospital gave me a booklet about dealing with stroke patients, and I'm trying my best to prepare for his coming home. He'll also have nurses coming by here for PT, since I can't do that myself, and likewise evaluating him for ADL (activities of daily living). I'm getting him one of those "I've fallen and I can't get up!" beepers, for when I have to go out and leave him alone for brief periods.

    Yeah, the effects of a stroke are devastating, as you say. And now we're both facing it ourselves. icon_sad.gif
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    May 09, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    It's really hard sometimes to find sympathy for Art (he won't see this post since he has me on BLOCK) because he so often-times wraps these sort of announcements in insults at others he doesn't agree with politically. I watched my father suffer for nearly 10 years with prostate cancer from 1994-2004 that eventually spread to the bones. Just when it seemed like he was getting a little better and a handle on it, he had a serious stroke and died 4 days later. Sad as I was, I was also almost relieved that he passed because the paralysis and other complications that the stroke caused would have completely destroyed any "quality of life" he had left. That said, had he survived the stroke, I can only imagine the struggle he would have faced, and the difficulty in caring for him properly. My heart goes out to Art, and I hope his partner recovers fully.
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    May 09, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidMy husband is in the hospital with a stroke right now. It happened some days ago, but I've been reluctant to mention it here in a separate thread, knowing he & I would be subject to personal attacks by the RJ conservaposse, as they have in the past regarding our previous medical emergencies & problems. (Fortunately I have them all blocked, unable to read their hate) Personal RJ friends were told about it a few days ago.

    He's having more tests this morning, why I'm at home and not joining him until closer to noon. Normally I'm at his bedside from dawn until dark.

    I've already begun to plan for his return, making changes to our home, with grab bars in the shower and around the toilet. I'm removing the glass shower doors, replaced by a curtain, in case he should fall.

    The hospital gave me a booklet about dealing with stroke patients, and I'm trying my best to prepare for his coming home. He'll also have nurses coming by here for PT, since I can't do that myself, and likewise evaluating him for ADL (activities of daily living). I'm getting him one of those "I've fallen and I can't get up!" beepers, for when I have to go out and leave him alone for brief periods.

    Yeah, the effects of a stroke are devastating, as you say. And now we're both facing it ourselves. icon_sad.gif


    Art-Deco: I'm sorry to hear. There is a lot they can do now, and I hope he has as full a recovery as possible. You and your husband are both in my thoughts.

    As a caregiver myself, the only advice I can offer is to pace yourself. It's human nature to go pedal to the metal...but you need a reserve of energy and to keep yourself up. I'm sure you know this, but I mention it because it's not easy to follow.

    Keep your spirits up around him. He will have better recovery knowing that you and his life are there for him.
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    May 09, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
    White4DarkerFL saidKeep your spirits up around him. He will have better recovery knowing that you and his life are there for him.

    Thanks. In the last 2 years he almost lost his leg to clotting, he had a heart attack, and now a stroke. His doctors tell me his future is questionable.

    I already lost one partner, who died in my arms. I'm not sure I can go through this again. If he goes, I'm already considering just ending it. I don't see a life after him. I'm 63, and have had a full, wonderful life, have to wonder why I should want to hang on longer, the end inevitable, just a matter of time.

    No doubt the conservaposse here will cheer, haters that they are. Their vicious response to my partner's previous medical emergencies, as well as to my own cancer, tell me what to expect from them here.

    So I dunno, I'm kinda depressed. My husband failing, I'm such a wimp, I just can't face this again. All I think about is how I'll end my life, when he passes. Pills, a knife to the heart? What I know is that when he dies, so do I. icon_sad.gif
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    May 09, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    "So I dunno, I'm kinda depressed. My husband failing, I'm such a wimp, I just can't face this again. All I think about is how I'll end my life, when he passes. Pills, a knife to the heart? What I know is that when he dies, so do I. "


    How about living on for him, and carrying him with you in your heart as you do?
    *a huge hug*

    -us
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    May 09, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    White4DarkerFL saidKeep your spirits up around him. He will have better recovery knowing that you and his life are there for him.

    Thanks. In the last 2 years he almost lost his leg to clotting, he had a heart attack, and now a stroke. His doctors tell me his future is questionable.

    I already lost one partner, who died in my arms. I'm not sure I can go through this again. If he goes, I'm already considering just ending it. I don't see a life after him. I'm 63, and have had a full, wonderful life, have to wonder why I should want to hang on longer, the end inevitable, just a matter of time.

    No doubt the conservaposse here will cheer, haters that they are. Their vicious response to my partner's previous medical emergencies, as well as to my own cancer, tell me what to expect from them here.

    So I dunno, I'm kinda depressed. My husband failing, I'm such a wimp, I just can't face this again. All I think about is how I'll end my life, when he passes. Pills, a knife to the heart? What I know is that when he dies, so do I. icon_sad.gif



    Oh lordy...lordy lordy lordy lordy lordy icon_rolleyes.gif Arty...

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    May 09, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    Curiousjock, I think we all express grief differently. He's venting. You suffered a loss recently and the posts were supportive.

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    May 09, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    meninlove said Curiousjock, I think we all express grief differently. He's venting. You suffered a loss recently and the posts were supportive.


    I see nothing but support coming to him here. The only negativity towards others is that which he is expressing. Sorry, but I find it kind of inappropriate. His partner is in a serious medical situation. One would think that the very last thing on his mind would be the so-called "conservaposse".
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    May 10, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    Art, I'm sorry to hear about your partner. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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    May 10, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    Art_Deco, how about expecting the best outcome, instead of the worst ?
    And, if it happens that your partner doesn't make it, go ahead and put suicide on your list of things to do. Just try everything else, first.

    Good luck.
    Hugs.
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    May 10, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    SleepyFisherman saidI don’t know much about Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill). I viewed this video yesterday which shows his post-stroke rehabilitation. Apparently, he was the epitome of health when he experienced a dissected carotid artery which led to his stroke. Watching this reminded me of just how devastating a stroke can be.



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    Thanks for posting this--I am always interested in stroke having had one myself in 2007 and still dealing with the repercussions--I had a seizure 2 years ago and that was a result of the stroke. The seizures have been more difficult for me than the stroke as the anti-seiizure meds have brutal side effects and I'm now on my 4th medication. Really curious to know why he had the stroke. Have researched this online but no answers as of yet. Why your interest in Mark Kirk and strokes?
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    May 10, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidIt's really hard sometimes to find sympathy for Art (he won't see this post since he has me on BLOCK) because he so often-times wraps these sort of announcements in insults at others he doesn't agree with politically.


    I wouldn't take it personally as he's apparently senile or something because he mentioned in a thread last week that he has me blocked and I'm the one guy who was always taking up for him! I can't tell you how many times I've called people off who were attacking him in different threads and yet he blocks me? Me thinks his porch light ain't on.
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    May 10, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    Not wishing anyone ill, but I am somewhat puzzled at the motivation to offer good wishes to someone who won't see them and has indicated he does not want to hear from certain folks.
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    May 10, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
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    CuriousJockAZ saidIt's really hard sometimes to find sympathy for Art (he won't see this post since he has me on BLOCK) because he so often-times wraps these sort of announcements in insults at others he doesn't agree with politically.


    I wouldn't take it personally as he's apparently senile or something because he mentioned in a thread last week that he has me blocked and I'm the one guy who was always taking up for him! I can't tell you how many times I've called people off who were attacking him in different threads and yet he blocks me? Me thinks his porch light ain't on.


    Yeah, I agree. He’s made some of the most offensive comments I’ve read on RJ, such as the one that we were proud and happy that a gay kid committed suicide. So he blocks all the conservafags in the conservaposse so he doesn’t have to ‘suffer’ the repercussions of his comments. Still though, I wish him and his mate the best and hope that Carmine experiences a full recovery.

    As many here know, I left Santa Monica to come back to Columbus to care for a mom with Alzheimer’s (In the belligerent combative stages) and a dad with congestive heart failure and kidney failure so I FULLY understand in spite of being vehemently opposed to many of his views and comments.
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    May 10, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    Dean_Aane said
    ...Why your interest in Mark Kirk and strokes?


    I’m a nursing professional with a family history of TIAs and CVAs. I didn’t know much about Senator Kirk prior to his stroke. His story interested me because his physicians have stated that he is in excellent health (eats right, exercises regularly, and maintains a healthy weight). It seems he was doing everything right, and then…, the stroke. The dissection of his carotid artery without the evidence of any type of trauma was even more interesting.

    If you're interested in reading more, Senator Kirk wrote an opinion piece for the Chicago Tribune on May 9, 2012, giving additional information on his experience.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-perspec-0509-kirk-20120509,0,6645533.story

    4th medication? That sucks! Finding the right medication treatment without disrupting your quality of life any further would definitely be a good thing.
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    May 20, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said


    So I dunno, I'm kinda depressed. My husband failing, I'm such a wimp, I just can't face this again. All I think about is how I'll end my life, when he passes. Pills, a knife to the heart? What I know is that when he dies, so do I. icon_sad.gif


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    May 20, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    Dean_Aane said
    Art_Deco said


    So I dunno, I'm kinda depressed. My husband failing, I'm such a wimp, I just can't face this again. All I think about is how I'll end my life, when he passes. Pills, a knife to the heart? What I know is that when he dies, so do I. icon_sad.gif


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    Isn't this a sit-com just waiting to happen?



    My advice do not encourage him.

    Most if all have good wishes for people in such dire medical and psychiatric situations.

    It sounds that the said individual has involved medical providers and engaging the quoted text you posted is like handling a live bomb.
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    May 20, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    meninlove said "So I dunno, I'm kinda depressed. My husband failing, I'm such a wimp, I just can't face this again. All I think about is how I'll end my life, when he passes. Pills, a knife to the heart? What I know is that when he dies, so do I. "


    How about living on for him, and carrying him with you in your heart as you do?
    *a huge hug*

    -us

    Because my heart will be broken without him.

    However, the good news is that he's bouncing back remarkably well. At home now, and I have my hands full trying to rein him in. Other than a slight weakness in his voice, that likely only I would detect, his speech isn't slurred, and he's walking very brisk and steady, few residuals of his right-side paralysis. His memory is great, his thinking quick and sharp. Maybe I'll have him phone you, so you can judge for yourself.

    He'll see a cardiologist and a neurologist in the next 2 weeks. I hope we'll learn more than we were told during his 5-day hospital stay, when the doctors would just pop into his room and say virtually nothing, other than mention the next tests they had planned. Oh, and to tell me privately that he's now at much greater risk for having another TIA or a massive stroke. Not very comforting. icon_sad.gif