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April 4th, 2007

(no subject) @ 01:58 pm

Current Location: home, at last!!
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Well, you may ask, where have I been?

It seems that, early in the morning on Feb 19, while I was working feverishly to get ready for my class on the 21st, something went "pop!" in my head and suddenly I couldn't talk, I couldn't type and the whole world just got really fuzzy. So I went downstairs and told Mary "I think I'm having a stroke." She got me to the hospital, they checked me and, yes, I was having a stroke. They knocked me out for three days, and when I woke up, I had no sensation on my right side. Anyway, two weeks in intensive care (I managed to develop pneumonia while I was there) and four weeks in rehab later, I'm finally home. My right hand is still giving me fits (I'm typing this with my left hand, which is slower, but I know some of you don't read very fast), I'm walking with a cane, but they say that I stand an excellent chance of a full recovery--eventually.

Thanks to all of you who sent cards, kept me in your thoughts and prayers and checked in occasionally to see how I was. I have a feeling that they kept me going all through it.

I'll check in periodically to see how you are.
 
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From:lourdesmont
Date:April 4th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Do you have ANY idea how good it is to see this?

Twila and I were just talking about you over the other night and wondering how you were.

I am SO relieved that you realized what was happening and that Mary got you to the hospital early. That is SO important when a person is having a stroke. It's wonderful that you are home and recovering and back with us!!! I have missed my daily dose of conservative politics.

There is a little MC project on my dining table that is just about finished. I was making it to cheer you up and I'll send it along when it is finished.

You take care of yourself and keep getting better!!!

I think I may need to go and cry now.
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:April 4th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I am SO glad you're back, and so glad that you got to where you had to go in good time. Pneumonia, as well, adding insult to injury.

You were missed, John. Very much. And I'm glad to be able to tell you that!
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From:cadona
Date:April 4th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah *dances with joy to see you back*

Thank you for typing slowly. It makes it so much easier for me to read ;)
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From:the_paulr
Date:April 4th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
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John!

It's great to have you back - but better to know that you're doing all right. May you continue to recover and be back to your old self soon.

(I'm typing this with my left hand, which is slower, but I know some of you don't read very fast)

Still have your sense of humor, I see. That's good.
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From:lisapt
Date:April 4th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I am happy dancing!

You have no idea how glad I am to see your note. Type as slow as you want. It is just so good hear from you again.
From:dafne99
Date:April 5th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
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I was so worried about you! It's a weird feeling when this is the only way you communicate with some people and suddenly they're not there anymore - you never know what happened. I'm so glad you're getting through this. I will continue to offer up prayers for you. Thank you for letting us know you're still here.
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From:anahata56
Date:April 5th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
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I missed you SO MUCH!!!

I'm so glad you're well, and that you're on the mend.

Take care of yourself, Dear--the hole you left during your recovery was too great for anyone else to fill.

We NEED you!
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From:bayarts
Date:April 5th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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I was so thankful today when Vickie told me you were back. We were all worried about you, John, and you were in our thoughts each day. Thank goodness? God? someone? you are better now! Welcome back.
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From:friendsafire
Date:April 5th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
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To express my extreme pleasure that you're back and doing well is, beyond my abilities to put in words. You've been missed, dear friend! Truly missed. Really!

*yells "hey honey, that john guy is back on lj, you know, the one that posts all those web cartoons?"*


Half a mo...I've got it.: boy howdy, Yahoo! There, I expressed my happiness in part.
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From:wingguy
Date:April 5th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
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John my friend, I am one of the many who have been hoping and waiting and praying to hear from you again. It's great to have you back among us.

One of my first thoughts when I heard the news was that my dad was able to recover completely from a stroke and I hoped that you could be as fortunate.
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From:sharonthenurse
Date:April 5th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
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JOHN! What a wonderful suprise! You just gave me a jolt (or should I say jholt) that made me smile and cry! I am so thankful and happy to see you back, and especially with your sense of humor intact. Your stroke was quite a shock to everyone. I am so glad you are recovering, and thank you for letting us all know. We were so worried about you. I was *this* close to calling your house, but didn't want to have to explain to Mary who this chick calling her husband was. Anyway, SOOOO glad you're back!!! I can't wait to go tell Chris and Trapper!
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From:meropa
Date:April 11th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
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I was starting to get worried... glad you're home and doing better. Just think... plenty of time to watch The Price Is Right!

:)
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From:bayarts
Date:May 21st, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
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Hey there, friend. Just a note to let you know that I think of you often and hope that you continue along the road to recovery.

Have been absolutely swamped myself, but expect life to slow down here before too long.

Take good care, John.
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From:draiguisge
Date:May 29th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
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Holy crap, John! I only just NOW read this post! I must have missed this back in April, I bet I was studying too much and not reading my LJ at all. But I was just sitting here thinking, "I haven't seen any posts from John in a while!" so I peeked back and this was your last post! Yikes! I hope you are hanging in there ... *HUGE HUGS*
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From:bayarts
Date:June 7th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
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Hey there, friend.

Just a note to say that you've been on my mind. I hope you are continuing to recover and that you and Mary and all the kitties are doing well! Sending you good energy and healing thoughts.

Take care.
Bayarts

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