I AM NOT SHOUTING AT YOU, AS INTERNET ETIQUETTE WOULD IMPLY! FOR THE TIME BEING IN ORDER TO WRITE BLOG POSTS, I MUST USE ALL CAPS, AS I MUST USE ONLY MY RIGHT HAND.
IN NOVEMBER 2017 I HAD A STROKE, APPARENTLY I DID NOT GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME AROUND AND HAD A SECOND AROUND CHRISTMAS! WHILE I CAN LOOK BACK NOW & MAKE FUN IN JEST; THERE WAS NOTHING TO JEST ABOUT AT THE TIME! LOOSING THE USE OF MY LEFT SIDE, RUNNING INTO THINGS, CALLED (LEFT SIDE NEGLECT) WHERE YOUR BRAIN HAS TROUBLE RECOGNIZING YOUR LEFT SIDE. MY SPEECH RETURNED WITHIN TWO WEEKS, LEFT LEG STARTED RETUNING IN ABOUT A MONTH, I WAS UP AND WALING WITH A CANE IN ABOUT 6 WEEKS. GRIP IN MY LEFT HAND AND ARM STARTED TO RETURN IN ABOUT 8 WEEKS, THOUGH IT IS STILL NOT 100%, IT FLUCTUATES I WOULD SAY BETWEEN 80% -90%, THOUGH I CAN PICK UP CHANGE, TWIST OFF CAPS ETC, TYPING IS MORE OF A CHALLENGE, I AM STILL NOT THERE YET. I COULD WAIT TO DO BLOG POSTS UNTIL I CAN USE BOTH HANDS, OR I CAN EXPLAIN THE SITUATION AND GET ON WITH LIFE & POSTING

THE FIRST THING I DID IN THE HOSPITAL WAS GIVE MY LEFT HAND A NAME “HERMAN”, I AM CERTAIN YOU ARE ASKING YOURSELVES MANY QUESTION AT THIS POINT! WHY IN THE WORLD NAME MY LEFT HAND? WHY HERMAN? ALL THE NURSES & THERAPIST ASK THE SAME THING, AND IMMEDIATELY INFORMED THE NEUROLOGIST. OF COURSE HE QUICKLY ASKED ME WHY ?……..
WHICH IS MORE POSITIVE?

DEAD HAND MOVE! OR “HERMAN” CAN YOU PICK THIS UP??
THE NEUROLOGIST JUST SHOOK HIS HEAD AND WALKED AWAY! HOWEVER, THE NURSES & THERAPIST LOVED THE IDEA OF GIVING THE NEAR LIFELESS LIMB A PERSONALITY, AND FELT THIS WAS A VERY POSITIVE MOVE ON MY PART, AND ONLY ENCOURAGED IMPROVEMENT OVER STARING AT A LIFELESS HAND, THEY SEEMED SO AMAZED AT THE SPEED IN WHICH HERMAN STARTED HIS JOURNEY TO RECOVERY, WHICH LOOKING BACK NOW I CAN SEE HOW QUICKLY I DID REGAIN SO MUCH GROUND, NOW PROGRESS IS FROM DAY TO DAY IN SMALL WAYS, THEY TELL ME IT MAY TAKE UP TO A YEAR TO REGAIN FULL PRE-STROKE FUNCTION….IE TYPING, I AM GETTING ANXIOUS AS WELL TO GET BACK TO PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MY BLOG POSTS. EVEN WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL I PSSED THE HOURS AWAY BY SKETCHING PICTURES WITH THE SET OF ALBRECHT DUER WATERCOLO PENCILS I GAVE MYSELF FOR CHRISTMAS, WHICH FOR MYSELF COMES IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER EVERY YEAR AND IS GENERALLY ART OR PHOTOGRAPHY RELATED. HERE YET AGAIN YOU ARE ASKING WHY IN THOSE MONTHS? AFTER OCTOBER THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE THINGS TO TAKE ANY RESERVE MONEY I HAVE, AS A SINGLE PERSON, IF I DON’T BUY MYSELF CHRISTMAS GIFTS, I PRETTY MUCH DO NOT GET MUCH. CHRISTMAS EVE & DAY I SPEND THE DAY WORKING ON ART IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, THIS DOES ALSO INCLUDE PHOTOGRAPHY. MY POINT HERE WITH THIS WAS, HOW ADVANTAGEOUS, THIS WAS, AS I DID NOT KNOW I WOULD BE LAID UP IN HOSPITAL WITH A STROKE, LET ALONE TWO.

THIS POST WAS A QUICK ONE TO LET ALL MY SUBSCRIBERS KNOW WHY THERE HAVE BEEN NO POSTS FOR THE PAST 6 MONTHS. THERE WILL BE MORE AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHY, IN GENERAL AS WELL AS PICTURES OF MY ARTWORK. THAT IS IF YOU CAN PUT UP WITH MY “SHOUTING”AT YOU, UNTIL “HERMAN” IS READY TO TYPE AGAIN.

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