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UPDATE: 2019.11.11 Thalamic Infarct (Stroke)
On 27th of October 2016 I had a partial left thalamic infarct. That means I had a stroke. Basically I was working on rebuilding the balustrades of the third floor balcony of the house I was renting a room in, and one day, I got up late (~ 5 PM) and instead of having something to eat I thought I'd do some work. Not unusual for me. I was squatting down examining some balusters to go into the top long beam I had just cut a groove in, and my knees got achey and I needed to stand. But when I straightened up my vision split. I was seeing two horizontal images one slightly above the other. I squatted down, and it righted itself so I didn't worry myself about it. After another 5 to 10 minutes I had to get up again and my vision split again. So when I squatted down, or sat down it didn't right itself. This worried me so I thought I'd go and search the web. I thought it was just blood pressure as I hadn't eaten. But the computer, this time instead of two monitors had four monitors, and well two keyboards. Typing was strange and difficult, and seeing what would come up was even stranger.
I abandoned the above and went downstairs to have a chat about my condition but October in Sydney is late Spring and nobody was home about ~ 5:30 PM. So I sat down on the lower balcony and waited. Not in a million years did it occur to me I was experiencing a stroke. I thought, blood pressure problems, not having eaten, etc.
Not much later Stephanie and her two little girls arrived. First they parked the car, then they got out of the car, then they got what they needed, and all in time because two little girls have their needs and wants. When they eventually came up I was going to tell Stephanie I was having problems with my vision, but she took one look at me and said "Oh My God!" She didn't seem to listen much to me as apparently she saw what I couldn't. Also apparently I was mumbling, and she was frantically trying to call an ambulance. Well apparently one of my eyes had drooped down and was looking down. Well, obvious now, but it hadn't occurred to me then.
Within ten minutes the ambulance came, and the ambo's came up the stairs, looked at me, then said something to Steph, and then asked me to stand, and this time I had no strength on my right side. I kept falling to the right as I struggled to stand. They grabbed me on either arm and walked me down to the ambulance, and then had me lie in the ambulance stretcher. They cut my paint specked ABC and USyd scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki t-shirt up (I had heard of him but had never been to one of his lectures, nor met him, but did accept a black ABC t-shirt depicting him as a mad scientist that another WHS colleague had given me) and inserted a canulus, and then injected something into my blood stream. Then I was out. For two days.
I woke up in the Royal North Shore Hospital. I tried to get out of bed and struggled with the divider curtains. They did some tests and I was flabbergasted, I could not remember some really basic stuff. I got really depressed then. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I stayed there for ~ 3 weeks, then they moved me to Hornsby Public Hospital, and after sometime in January they moved me to Royal Rehab. By March 9th 2017 I was allowed to go 'home'.
In short, my stroke was supposed to have stabilised, but it is continuing to get worse. My vision is getting worse. My walking balance is getting worse, and my memory is getting worse. So now I struggle to remember names of people I live with, or worked with. Looking at various websites I am not optimistic, but I may make it to my 60's.
Well such is life, and it gets sucher and sucher!
ANNOUNCEMENT: SITE RELOCATION
* Migration will probably take up all of period ending on October 26'th 2009
* It was first created on the minyos server of rmit university in 1995, but first archived on the WayBackMachine in 1998 (about the time minyos's role as a student website server was coming to an end). Note that the WayBackMachine itself was created in 1996.
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-- Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan.
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Mr Anon does Electronics 101.
It's winter down under right now, and there's nothing like a hot bowl of chicken soup, or even better lentil soup with half a head of onion and half a lemon on the side. But if you don't know how to make lentil soup, how about trying my Stone Soup recipe. More recipes below.
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How to boil a egg.
Recipe for rice pudding.
Chocolate Chip Cookies the way it should be done, Properly!
Boiled Fruitcake (you are what you eat!).
How to knot the KNOT according to the maestro of Lace himself.
Some puzzles I have enjoyed or have been frustrated by.
A serious affliction affecting many people around the world; childhood syndrome.
And perhaps another anonymous self help group?
Who's the smartest of them all?
Links of Interest;
Sheryl Zettner, a Texan poet, and singer.
The physical properties of oxygen.