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Fatigue and Tiredness After a Stroke

As I am writing this post I am roughly 8.5 years post stroke so keep that in mind. I still have fatigue. So thinking back one of my questions I would repeat often while in the rehab facility was: “what time is it?” When I would ask I would ask it three or more times all within a minute or so. I am guessing that I was repeating myself like that because of the damage my brain had endured through the stroke. What’s more important was why I was asking this question. The reason was because all day through all of my therapy what I looked forward to the most was going back to my room so I could sleep.

My stroke was in December of 2008, after two weeks in Redwood City, five weeks in acute care Vallejo, and about month at my mother’s house, my wife and I found ourselves moving in to our current house on Valentines Day of 2009. I was still on several medications and sleeping about 3/4 of the day if not more. I was waking up to eat and use the restroom.

Fast forward to now (there is much between) when I’m tired my body let’s me know. I lose balance more easily, I begin to see double, I drool, etc.

I have continuously pushed myself through therapy to this day. Often on average 2 days per week I commute to or from work on my bike 20 miles.

Visit my gym as I have time. I started working last May as an Information Systems Analyst for the California State Controllers Office. In addition I have my own business:

www.mdccomputersolutions.com

www.facebook.com/MDCComputerSolutions

www.instagram.com/MDCComputerSolutions

At my day job I recently switched to a 9-8-80 schedule, the 9 hour days are often harder to get through, but get every other Friday off and It is well worth it. I get lots done that I would not have the opportunity for otherwise.

Any questions about my experiences with Fatigue and Sleep please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

In addition I am doing a fundraiser please check it out: www.yourdonationplease.com

Thank you for taking the time to read,

Matt


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My Quotes

Category : Motivation

Your Body does not know what your mind is capable of – 5/6/16


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10%–15% of all stroke patients are young adults

Know the signs of a stroke… save a life…

ActFAST

 

If you have come across this page, at the very least I would like you to always remember the acronym F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech & Time) Because stroke is very uncommon in young adults, it often gets misdiagnosed and overlooked. The most important thing below is the second sentence. The information below was sourced from the  National Center for Biotechnology Information and the U.S. National Library of Medicine. At the bottom there is a link to the full document if interested, it is a good read.

Strokes in young adults are reported as being uncommon, comprising 10%–15% of all stroke patients. However, compared with stroke in older adults, stroke in the young has a disproportionately large economic impact by leaving victims disabled before their most productive years. Recent publications report an increased incidence of stroke in young adults. This is important given the fact that younger stroke patients have a clearly increased risk of death compared with the general population. The prevalence of standard modifiable vascular risk factors in young stroke patients is different from that in older patients. Modifiable risk factors for stroke, such as dyslipidemia, smoking, and hypertension, are highly prevalent in the young stroke population, with no significant difference in geographic, climatic, nutritional, lifestyle, or genetic diversity. The list of potential stroke etiologies among young adults is extensive. Strokes of undetermined and of other determined etiology are the most common types among young patients according to TOAST (Trial of Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment) criteria. Prevention is the primary treatment strategy aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality related to stroke. Therefore, primary prevention is very important with regard to stroke in young adults, and aggressive treatment of risk factors for stroke, such as hypertension, smoking, and dyslipidemia, is essential. The best form of secondary stroke prevention is directed toward stroke etiology as well as treatment of additional risk factors. However, there is a lack of specific recommendations and guidelines for stroke management in young adults. In conclusion, strokes in young adults are a major public health problem and further research, with standardized methodology, is needed in order to give us more precise epidemiologic data. Given the increasing incidence of stroke in the young, there is an objective need for more research in order to reduce this burden.

 

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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Ingredients:

7 Cups Organic Baby Carrots (Chopped)
1 Cup Chopped Golden Flax Seeds
1 Cup Organic Raisin
1 Gala Apple
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Water (If needed)

Preparation:

Chop carrots and apple in Cuisinart, place in bowl. Add raisins chopped or whole or both, I prefer both. Add water and cinimon. The last and most important step is to add the cup of flax seed. As soon as this is done make sure to begin mixing as this is what binds the mixture together. On the dehydration drying sheet (fruit roll up sheet) I spread just under 1/2 an inch of this and it covered one sheet. Additionally I made a few bite sized pieces for my nieces.


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A wise word from a fellow brain tumor survivor

Luis Velasquez wrote the list below, he is a motivational speaker that lives in the bay area.

So for my friend Amanda undergoing brain surgery soon “Down Under”… these are the 10 top things that made my “condition” a lot more fun (literally).

1. Focus on your life, not your tumor.
2. Try to find more about the doctor rather than the details of the operation.
3. If you have the choice, have the surgery when you are the healthiest and the strongest.
4. The tumor you can’t control, surgery you can’t control, recovery?… yes you can.
5. Don’t be afraid of Change, take it as a challenge not as a handicap.
6. Stay positive no matter what, let the negativity die with the tumor. Tell people how positive you feel about your upcoming surgery.
7. Take care of yourself, exercise, be active. You cannot control the tumor growth, but you can control how you react to it. Being active will help you recover faster.
8. Make fun of your tumor; give it a funny name… Use it as an excuse when you forget to take out the garbage or pick up the milk.
9. Look for courage not sympathy.
10. Stay away from downers.

 

 


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Fishing w/Chad 11/15/14

Category : Personal

It was nice to get out, my motor had something going on so it is currently in the shop but we still managed to have a great morning. It turned out to be a beautiful day. Chad showed me a new spot to launch the boat. Next time when the motor is working properly we plan to do some trolling.

My 12 foot fishing boat on the ramp:20141115_063000

Glass… perfect wakeboarding water, to bad the speed limit it 5mph:

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 Chad setting up the minnow trap:

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 New Folsom bridge:20141115_080800
 New Folsom bridge:20141115_082240
 No trespassing… End of the line. Folsom prison:20141115_085758
 My favorite picture of the day:20141115_092229
 Two bridges plus reflection:20141115_094248
 What a nice day:20141115_110905
Still don’t know how I managed to get us both in the shot:20141115_111509
 We had some motor trouble but when it was working it was all about style:Telstra Stadium

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Equipment thats “new to me” at the gym (SPRI)

SPRI Step 360 Pro

I am very excited that I happened to find this piece of equipment at the gym yesterday. I was so excited that I came back to the gym at 5:00am this morning to take some video and share it with “the world.” Right now with this equipment I’m not working on strength or cardio (although both can be done). I’m concentrating on balance. In the video below, I am using my upper body while trying to balance on the flat black surface (looking at the black surface you will notice how much it “shakes”). There are several ways you can use this equipment to work on balance. The reason I like it so much is because its a lot easier than the half dome. To see what else I did this morning with this contraption you can click on this link to view my videos on Instagram (IG). I also suggest following me on IG if you have an account (@strokerecovery). Quick facts: 795,000 people suffer a stroke in the U.S. every year, that’s one every 40 seconds. 3/4 of strokes occur in people over the age of 65.


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