Hi Everyone –
My name is Marie and I am a wife, mother and stroke survivor! I had my stroke in March 2012 at the age of 47. Having a stroke was a complete shock to me, and yes, it ticked me off!
When I had my stroke, it affected my right side. I had no use of my right arm or leg/foot. My speech was affected. I slurred words & although I knew what I wanted to say, I couldn’t get the words out. My memory was also affected.
After just over a year of PT, OT & speech therapy, I am doing much better. I still have memory issues, as well as “melt downs” when I get too tired. But I have the use of my right arm again, although my shoulder and hand hurts sometimes & they both get weak at odd times. While the strength in the right leg came back, I was left with something called drop-foot (or foot-drop depending on who says it). This means that without an aid to help me walk, my foot turns down/in and drags. At times it gets really painful, as well as being a pain in the butt!
I use a great piece of technology called a Walk-Aide. It’s an electrical stimulation device that basically “zaps” the nerves in my leg when I am walking, telling my brain to lift my foot, so I don’t drag it.
I hope you enjoy my blog.