After a chat with the Mayor, I’m getting the needle!

What a ridiculous week of the highest ups and the lowest downs!
I don’t really wanna talk of the downs right now ‘cos they’re too massive.

But one of the ‘up’ highlights was meeting Tracey Roberts, the mayor of my local city, Wannaroo. What a wonderful lady! We had beans on toast and coffee and a good old chat. LOVED that even after 30 years in Oz, she’s still has traces of a Manchester accent! Like me, you can take the boy out of Manchester but not Manchester out the boy – or, in Tracey’s case, girl!!

I know Tracey from my Northern suburbs stroke group although we’d never really talked properly before today!! In fact, I was surprised she had the time to see me, knowing how busy she is.

I was hoping she could help me find a way into the world of public speaking, as I badly want to raise awareness of stroke, which is the leading cause of disability and, as a young man myself, I want to appeal to my own age group and younger.
She was great, so helpful – a genuine member of the A-Team; all over it!!

I’m so grateful, Mayor Roberts. You’re terrific!!! “Thank you!!!”

I went away feeling I had a direction through the fog. To tell the truth (and without going into detail) I’ve been a bit lost over the last few days. My world fell apart suddenly and dramatically; that’s all I can say on the matter.

Anyway, on the way home from my meeting with Tracey, I popped into Heights Medical practice to see if I qualify for acupuncture to release this sodding tendon; to make it relax. I thought I’d win by building up the muscle up and overpowering the tight tendon, but so far me and my personal trainer Cheri are finding it hard. She said. “You need to get this tendon switched off.”

I’m amazed acupuncture can help me. I’m allowed 5 sessions under my Health Care card (pension card) – stop laughing all you UK mates! You said I was a pensioner, “old before my time!!” So excited to see if it works although not too keen on being a pin cushion again after all the needles I took at Shents. But if it works…..!!!!! Any stroke survivor can feel the vibe – WHAT IF!!!!

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OUCH!

Stay tuned – I’ll let ya know !!

Fear of dying? Then get your blood & blood pressure checked!

It could save your life!!

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What is this fear of dying I just can’t shake off? Nowadays, I find myself thanking God daily for my life, for continuing to guide me and for helping me be strong for my family, friends and those weaker than me.

I BELIEVE he’s listening!

Every day I get small reminders of how valuable life is, and if you’re lucky enough not to be touched by illness you really should try your best to live as healthily as you can.

‘Yer yer yer,’ – some will stop reading here I expect!!! But just give me a sec….

Me and this guy in the pool were talking last night; he was telling me about his recent diagnosis of prostate cancer and showed me the scars where surgeons had cut into his belly in 3 places. He stressed that, if he hadn’t had a full BLOOD TEST,  the cancer would have gone undetected and probably have killed him in six months!!! He’s lucky they caught it when they did.

While chatting we agreed on something I could relate to with my own journey: “I look around,” he said “and now I know my life’s on a sticky wicket. All I see are healthy people trying to destroy themselves!!!!

THEY JUST DON’T SEE HOW LUCKY THEY ARE!!

I didn’t, that’s for sure!!! “Pass me a spliff! I don’t care!!!!” Ignorance is bliss, ey? Until the wheels fall off!

I’m not saying this to lecture you – truth be told I wouldn’t have listened myself 3 years ago so I don’t expect you will either. But hopefully, I can persuade you to at least CHECK YOUR BLOOD AND BLOOD PRESSURE soon!! It might stop YOUR wheels coming off!

Bit of a serious blog, sorry.

But I care so I gotta try ey?!!!

 

 

 

Love my nuts!

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Got ya attention, ey?!!! Well, I mean for rehab!!!! Peanuts!!

I’ve been using peanuts for a long time now, just trying to pick em up was a challenge, and getting them to my mouth an even bigger challenge !!

In the evening on the sofa I’m normally buggered, but there’s a few things I must do in this down time; many hours are wasted otherwise in the course of a year or so.

1 – hand grips or ‘grip masters’ as they’re called.

2 – 1k weight for so many exercises (wrist) up & down, side to side, any way that makes your wrist work hard basically!!

3 – Electric stim (seen on my video page )

And, of course, me good old nuts!!!

I practised lifting them close to at first, as getting nuts to my mouth was difficult and usually hit or miss. Over the months, I gradually moved the box further away from me – to the side.  They’re quite fattening so I’d try sultanas as well.

Thought I’d mention this as you can’t just start lifting weights. To get the movement going, just lifting your arm is hard enough, but peanuts give you a bloody good work out in the beginning….AND they’re very tasty!

There’s always something you can do. Always!!!

I saw my doctor yesterday who said my cholesterol is still a bit high. “Try eating almonds,” he said so, me being me, I now have a box full next to the sofa, like a squirrel, ey? Hahaha

Good luck out there !!

Pete xx

 

A day in the life….millipedes, mates & memories of Shents

I wasn’t going to write about Shenton Park Rehab again , but it’s been a  real pic ‘n’ mix bag of feeling sort of a day.
I awoke at 3am and had planned to go for a last visit to Chateau Shents (not at 3 am)  but, once awake, I got an idea to catch the night staff as well and I’m so glad I did! I got to see “Nurse Elena” (spelled right, her way -haha! You didn’t catch me out!!)
Elena was the night nurse who caught that bloody millipede crawling around
me that stormy night I wrote about in my book. (See Extract: https://petercoghlan.com/2014/07/15/midnight-horror-whats-that-crawling-up-my-arm/)
I got to see her on her shift, maybe for the last time, ‘cos I’m not driving to Fiona Stanley at that hour again, bugger that!!!
I had a sad feeling as I looked round the tired looking wards and tried to take in the fact that “this was it for me”. My journey in Shents was over; it was gonna to be a memory now. I wouldn’t go back there back again, what with work stuff so it was all over, red rover! Adios amigos !!
Oh well everything changes
Upward an onwards, Pete !!

I had a coffee with the King of ‘speechy world’ David Harrison (it was a fiver – yer!!) He wants me to talk at a AAA meeting or what ever its called – sounds like alcohol helpers group !! Hahaha!
Then my day sank a little. I popped into see my mate Craig at the bowling club near there, as he’d said to come over!!! He told me he was having a down week and I could feel his pain. His arm is still not working!
He was so down, so ” sick of this shit! ” And I wanna get this B.F.L OFF !!!!
(that’s a leg or foot support to aid walking that fits behind your calf ).
I didn’t know what to say to him; I just listened.
He’s older than me, early 50s, I think – a mortgage broker who had 3 houses before his stroke and he was doing really well, all set for retirement, or so he thought! Bloody crap ey !!!!
You work hard all ya working life and think you’re getting there and Bam! STROKE !!!!
He’s a tough bloke so should be okay I think next week. By Christ I have felt like that too many times to mention, only difference I sobbed my heart out !!!!
You become very tough dealing with stroke, NOT JASON STRATHAM
TOUGH, I mean in the mind. Messed up but tough!! Be proud you other strokies out there!!! Remember what folks tell you, “one day at a time!” Hate that saying, but it’s so true !!

The day then shot up again to a great ending! Ben,  my old nurse, had sent me a voucher for our local supermarket, 100 dollars too ( nice mate , nice!!!!!!!! )
So I whizzed round the shop and filled the trolley half full. Well chuffed I was!
Top bloke, Ben Allen – RESPECT BUDDY !!!
Wonder what tomorrow will bring….

AFTER ALL TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY !!!!!!
(Gone with the Wind. Yes, I know! I know you knew that !!!)