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SGTJOE

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Posted: 06/11/20 10:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone heard from Richard, just wondering how he is doing.


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SGTJOE wrote:

Anyone heard from Richard, just wondering how he is doing.
I am home. Got discharged from the hospital yesterday evening late. iT seems I have a heart condition that caused me to have strokes. I had SEVERAL MIni STROKES THAT Caused me to be hospitalized. I don't have any lasting effects so hope to be able to carry on with my life as usual. The doctor told me no more driving fOR me. I cAN NOT DRIVE THE TRUCK AND PULL THE CAMPER. I will be on a heart monitor for the next month or two. IT seems the bottom part of my heart isn't working as it should causing blood clots to form which caused the stroke. that's all for now. Talk with you later. I wish you a blessed day. be sure to give the fur babies a hug for me and be sure to tell some one you love them. until next time I love you all and thank you for your support through all the years. It has been a great ride while it lasted. I feel tired and weak so I am going to rest for now

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Posted: 06/11/20 02:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sorry to hear the restrictions that this illness is causing you. Does the no driving apply for the future or just for a while? I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank God he got you through this.

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Posted: 06/11/20 04:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Richard, Garland and I wish you the best in dealing with your medical issues. Just take it day by day, and Lord willing, things will improve. You are right, it's been a very long and good run here at the Old Fella topic, so let's just keep on keeping on.


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Posted: 06/11/20 08:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SGTJOE wrote:

Sorry to hear the restrictions that this illness is causing you. Does the no driving apply for the future or just for a while? I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank God he got you through this.


Just for a while until they can get a better handle on things.

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The way Terry's doctors have described it to us is that they legally cannot take your license away but with certain heart issues (Terry has an ICD) they prefer you not to drive for six months after an episode. His "episodes" would result in passing out. . . actually his heart stops. Then it would restart. As it got weaker, they added the ICD which will "jumpstart" the heart. The last time this happened was 10 years ago. The device also regulates his heart rhythm which hopefully keeps the heart from stopping. He has had a few incidences of passing out, but no heart stoppage. Those times happen when he isn't feeling well and during those times, Terry does't do much till he feels better. When his instances occurred ten years ago, he voluntarily gave up driving the motorhome. Okay by me. It's just not a situation where a passenger could intervened before the 45,000 lb. rig would careen off the road or into another lane. When he is not feeling up to par, he chooses not to drive anything. It's been about 4-5 years since he became very ill and he was on a roller coaster, but never feeling up to par. So he has not driven much. Lately, this past year seems to have been a healing one for him and things are better for him. He is starting to drive the car a bit and that is a big help to me. He was always an excellent driver. . . that had nothing to do with it though. . . it was his health and being alert, etc.

We just drove a rental car to Indiana, with Terry helping, and we drove the little motorhome back to Florida pulling the trailer. In ten days we are flying back up and driving the Miata back. He's going to help on that driving, although he will not drive the "Tail of the Dragon." He's never liked mountain driving and will prolly have his eyes closed! This works for us. I have always loved to drive and I don't mind because it's still something we can do together.

We met another couple in a Class A years ago. She did all the driving and everything else because her husband was going blind. He had a work related condition that caused his blindness, but they wanted to RV so they bought one and they go anyway!

Once they get your heart more stable, I assume they will relax their stance. I don't consider Terry any more a danger than someone who has seizures. They can still get a license depending upon how long it's been since their last one. Other people with conditions that cause blackouts, etc., may still get licenses to drive. I believe it would be easier to intervene with an impaired driver in a car, but big rigs are a different matter.

Don't be discouraged, Richard. Now that they know this, they should be able to help. And feeling tired is very NORMAL after any kind of heart problems. It takes a while. A couple years ago when they were trying to get Terry to go on the heart transplant list, physical therapy gave him some exercises that they said they give all their heart patients which work to build up their core. He has faithfully fully done the exercises every day and they have surely helped. We normally walk 1.3 miles daily, although we've been so busy working on the house, we've fallen off doing that in the heat. But we are hauling furniture around, etc., so he is still getting exercise.

Good luck and we will be praying for you and Sue!

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Richard sorry to hear you have restrictions. Like everyone else said one day at a time and things should improve.
Look at it as just a little bump in the road.


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My son in law's mother lives just off the road there. I have driven it in my truck. Son in law rides it often on the motorcycle. fun road in the right vehicle. Driving days are over with the camper over. Getting a golf cart to get around in here at home. I guess I will be fishing a lot in the pond behind the house. MY thinking is muddled. don't comprehend things correctly at times. Oh well we will see how things work out. right now I am not thinking straight. talk with you later.

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Richard, we have had way too much experience with strokes (both Sandy's family and mine). The brain can recover and new connections can be made. It is VERY important to start the retraining very quickly after the insult. There are great occupational therapy and physical therapy programs that can speed the recovery. There are also computer games/programs that can help reconnect or reroute the circuits in the brain. My unsolicited advice: do something, anything to try to gain back what ever you can.

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Good morning everyone. My heart monit9r hasn't shown any thing going on with the heart. I have had it since Wednesday and no episodes have been registered or recorded. So I guess their diagnoses of A fib are not accurate. Anyway According to the monitor I am fine. So what caused the stroke? The golf cart us nice. Our new neighbor is putting up a fence. He called the County Dog Pound on us about Dixie being in his yard. I Talked with him yesterday about the situation, but nothing resolved. I told him I was done with him and came home. I guess it is okay for his cats to roam the neighborhood without being taken care of. anyway we are at a standoff about the dogs and cars.

The cats are at our house being fed and taken care of at our expense. There are two left/ three have gone missing. Okay I need to get moving so I will close for now wishing you a blessed day. Be sure to give the fur babies a hug for me and be sure to tell someone you love them. I am still fuzzy in my thinking and find it hard to do some tasks.

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