Joined Nov 5 2012
58 years old
Bishopton, Quebec, Canada
I was always interested in the functioning of the brain. It is kind of ironic that a stroke should almost be my undoing. My new pet peeve is people saying how "fine" I am, how I have recovered so perfectly. What the h do they know? They don't live in my head!
I started my voyage into the world of stroke January 21 2010 and it has been a long journey so far. So many things one takes for granted untile they are gone. Standing up straight springs to mind. I still have problems getting from thought to word. If the brain were a computer I would say my fetch command is not working. I was a computer software engineer. I also worked at freelance translating. I no longer have a good enough command of my languages.
I am at the moment in the hospital following a tonic-clonic seizure. Apparently this may be due to the skull fracture I suffered a couple of days after the stroke. I refused to go to the hospital fro 3 days after my stroke.
I used to be very social and always worked in the public. At the time of my stroke, my job was with the Canadian Federal Government calling difficult clients. Now I keep to myself and my circle of friends is very small. I keep it that way on purpose. People and noise annoy me.
Since the stroke I have anger management problems. I don't deal well with surprise, change or frustration. My sleep is changed. Nothing is the same and I get angry when people say how lucky I am. In a way they are right yet, they do not know what they are talking about. I think not being able to express myself as well as before is the most frustrating.