Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Always One Thing Or Another

Just when I thought it was safe to go in the water..................I had a minor stroke last week. I say minor because it was. I woke up one day with dysfluent speech, weakness in the right side of my face and difficulty writing and typing.

What a nuisance was my first thought. My second thought is I'm too young for this and on top of my MS what else do I need? Well, really.

The good news is it has made me evaluate what is important to read and to write. It has also taught me that I need to get on with it.  So now blogging has become not only important but it has become therapy.  

Don't even talk about drawing clothes for the Travellin' Penguin.  My right hand was dodgy at the best of times but it has slowed right down but blogging has already helped it. Drawing with a mouse has been hard but it can be done.  The Penguin might look more dishevelled than he did but he won't be naked.  But he too is ageing. Being in his third year and all. Yes, sadly Penguins  don't live as long as humans.

But we both have a lot of years in us yet and I can still ride a motorbike.  That really is the true test of ageing I think.

So things are slower here but they do go on and I for one, am glad that I woke up and can continue on with all of the things that I love (nothing  like some melodrama here).  So know we will still continue on and the Penguin will guide me through all of the books I still want to read.  After all it IS a new year so let's get on with it. And yes, I do have a lot of Penguin books to still collect.


  1. Movement and control gets better and having to type seems to help the process. I had a similar experience in 2011, I thought I was way to young to have a stroke and thought I had a healthy lifestyle, but it happened. It does rather focus your thoughts on what is important. Blogging can be great therapy. I kind of figure it is lucky to have a stroke that leaves you with minimal damage but makes you appreciate what you have and take steps to ensure a good life goes on as long as possible. Best wishes.

  2. Very sorry to hear this but also very glad it was minor and that you are ok. Take care.

  3. Dear Pam, I am so glad that you came through that safely, and hopefully the effects will soon wear off. I am a firm believer in book therapy myself, but I can see that blogging therapy may be just as important! Take good care of yourself!

  4. I am so sorry to read that, Pam, and thankful that the impact is manageable. All the best.

  5. Oh my word, Pam my thoughts are with you. I am so glad you're recovering though. *hug*

  6. I am sorry this happened but so glad it wasn't too bad. I love the idea of blogging as therapy.

  7. Thanks everyone for your good wishes. I'm bouncing back very well and am almost back to 100%. Thanks again


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