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#52 Dec 26 2012 at 3:12 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah trying to communicate with a breathing tube in and dupe up sucks to the high heavens I can only guess at what he's going though. May he come out with no lasting effects.

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#53 Dec 26 2012 at 4:37 AM Rating: Excellent
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You are allowed to be not ok, and to tell people you are not ok. People have a lot of compassion, and I've found that just having someone understand and acknowledge that I am in a desperately bad place, and there's nothing they can do to help me, but they wish they could... that comforts me. To have someone take a little time out of their life to witness my suffering, that eases it, even infinitesimally.
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#54 Dec 26 2012 at 12:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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Hi everyone:

I checked with Nads to see if she wanted me to post on her behalf to keep you guys updated so here's the quick update on Mr. Nads (that name oddly makes me smile--I'm so immature).

His swelling was up and then down and has stayed down and there is no bleeding in the brain. Doctors are evaluating him to take him off the respirator. They made him do a C-PAP test to see how his breathing is on his own and he may have been a tad freaked having to do that. But hopefully that means he's off the gadgets and gizmos soon. The more he responds is a good sign.

So let's keep on sending the Smiley: flowers and happy thoughts. They're working.
#55 Dec 26 2012 at 12:44 PM Rating: Good
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I am so glad things are getting better.

My uncle had a stroke in his forties, as well. It's been about ten years, and he's doing fine. Sometimes his speech is a little slow, but other than that, we haven't seen any bad lasting effects.

Nads and Mr. Nads, I think about you guys every day and check here to see how y'all are doing. We were up by you guys yesterday (had Christmas in Cookeville with my brother and his kids). Still sending positive thoughts your way!
#56 Dec 26 2012 at 4:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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Obviously this is not as bad as Mr Nad's Stroke, but I want to tell my experience with brain damage, as an illustration that synaptic pathways can be consciously worked onto change the state of your brain, even if the NUMBER of neurons you have doesn't change/keeps reducing. I'm sorry I don't feel up to telling the longs story.

In 1998 I had a massive and immediate reaction to a common SSRI, even though it's side effects were NOT supposed to be permanent, I came off it after I developed an extremely incapacitating stutter. The stutter stayed with me. It took me three years of slowing my speech right down and thinking hard about it to gradually reduce, and finally eliminate the stutter. I still now relapse into a very bad stutter when I'm very emotionally upset, and sometimes when my body is very tired. So basically it took me three years to retrain myself how to talk, and I consider myself fully healed in that department. The relapses on special occasions are a small price, and are actually useful in telling me and others how very upset I am about something, or how wasted my body is.

As well as the stutter I had started with extremely loud and prolonged Tourette's like symptoms whenever I had flashbacks, and I flashbacked incredibly more often than I used to. Often once every two minutes for hours on end. The Tourette's like symptoms were mostly verbal, but sometimes physical. When I just tried hard to suppress my vocalisations, they'd sublimate into convulsive physical motions instead, which were often dangerous to anyone sitting with me or lying next to me. The verbalisations started out for months as loud inchoate howling/screaming, and as I worked on controlling them, turned into loud swearing, and then largely settled into exclamations of "I HATE ME!". Occasionally (for an amount of occasionally considering they were happening every two minutes) I would spew out strings of swearwords instead. My current partner's favourite exclamation ever was "Slutmonkey".

Push-to-talk is SO my friend.

I considered it a personal triumph when I turned "I HATE ME" into "I HATE YOU". However that was even more psychologically wearing on the people I lived with. And there is no doubt my symptoms took a massive psychological toll on the people I lived with. Just trying hard to suppress these flashbacks or verbal reactions to them did ameliorate them, but not really by that much. It turned out that doing "Mindfulness" exercises for ten minutes a day reduced them by 95%. "Mindfulness" is very like a particular set of meditation exercises. If I don't do them every day, my flashbacks and Tourette's-like vocalisations/motions start to increase again in number and severity. I've got them down to the point where all I do when I flashback sometimes is wince heavily and curl down on myself a bit. I turned "I HATE YOU" into "I love you!". It doesn't come out always as "I love you", as it is sometimes still a squeak of pain, or a string of swearwords, or back to "I hate me". However, so far I have my partner fooled that my tourette's exclamations of "I love you!" are voluntary declarations of love aimed at him. I decided not to disillusion him on that one, and that makes us both more happy and relaxed.
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#57 Dec 27 2012 at 2:28 AM Rating: Excellent
I'm glad your hubby is recovering! I hope he gets back to "normal" with all due haste!
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#58 Dec 27 2012 at 11:38 AM Rating: Excellent
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He's off the respirator now because he ripped the **** thing out himself last night, haha. That took guts. I don't know if I'd be able to do it. He can whisper now and he told me this morning that he'd just had enough so he yanked it out. Said it hurt like **** to do it and as soon as he'd done it, he was like "oh ****, what have I done??" But the nurses responded to the alarm, brought in one of those carts with the breathing mask on it and put that on him until his breathing was less labored. Now he's also off the Propofol and he ate some applesauce this morning. Hopefully soon he'll be out of ICU.

Smiley: yippee <-- since we don't have a Snoopy dance emote.
#59 Dec 27 2012 at 11:40 AM Rating: Excellent
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Nadenu wrote:
He's off the respirator now because he ripped the **** thing out himself last night, haha.


Smiley: lol

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Simply awesome to hear. Smiley: grin
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#61 Dec 27 2012 at 12:33 PM Rating: Good
Yay! I'm so happy for you. Smiley: grin
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#62 Dec 27 2012 at 2:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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And Mr. Nads ripping out the respirator was a good thing. Since then:

Nads somewhere else wrote:
Mr. Nads doing great. He's talking, watching TV and is back to being a smart ***. He's even threatened to have me thrown out of the room. I think everything is going to be ok now.


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+10 badass. Glad to hear things are going much better now.
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#64 Dec 27 2012 at 4:49 PM Rating: Good
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Glad to hear Mr. Nads is recovering.

Hope these will be truly happy holidays after all.
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#66 Dec 27 2012 at 6:16 PM Rating: Good
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I'm sure he's super happy to have a great partner that stuck by his side. He probably can't wait to get out of that bed so he can hold his Nads again. Smiley: waycool
#67 Dec 27 2012 at 9:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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he can hold his Nads again. Smiley: waycool

What you did there, I see it.
#68 Dec 28 2012 at 1:52 AM Rating: Good
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Nadenu wrote:
He's off the respirator now because he ripped the **** thing out himself last night, haha.
If he had followed that by punching a ****'s Angel, he'd be the new Testosticor Fantastiballs. But with just that, Mr. Nads is a rather apt name.

I suggest you buy him a viking helmet now, before his head spontaneously grows one and he ends up on an Old Spice commercial.
#69 Dec 28 2012 at 5:38 AM Rating: Excellent
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Oddly enough, he's always wanted a viking helmet.
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I have a Viking Helmet. It's just plastic but it looks good. I wear it when we play 'how to train your husband'.

Glad to hear your husband is doing well Nads.

/snoopy dance.
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I have a Viking Helmet. It's just plastic but it looks good. I wear it when we play 'how to train your husband'.


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#73 Dec 28 2012 at 8:42 AM Rating: Decent
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Glad to hear the he is improving Nads!
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#74 Dec 28 2012 at 11:22 AM Rating: Good
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Nads somewhere else wrote wrote:
Mr. Nads is still alert. Today he got cleared for a liquid diet. He thought he wanted spaghetti but when he realized chewing crackers in applesauce hurt his head, he was ok with soup. And he's giving the nurse a hard time and demanding a bath. He's almost back to normal mentally.


I'm not going to post every update she sends out, but I thought a liquid diet was appropriate to talk about since the New Year festivities are coming up and most everyone will be partaking in some libations.
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Because I love being "that" guy viking helmets never had horns and were portrayed to have them from poets and artists.

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If any one would like to buy me a Viking helmet I'm down. PM me for address information.
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