Category Archives: Family

The positive side of a stroke!


3 weeks ago as some of you know, my dad, had a stroke. My sister and I had never really dealt with a real live person with a stroke. We didn’t know what to expect and I suppose we still don’t really. Every day is a new challenge.

In the scheme of things, his stroke was not catastrophic. He has good and bad days and two good days in a row we celebrate.

He is like a child again and has to be retrained in things we take for granted. We look for the little things that show we are still going forward. His stroke was in the right side of his brain and therefore his left side was affected. He “neglects” it.

We started taking him out in his wheelchair for a walk around the facility and to their outside porch. We pointed out trees and cars and the hospital across the way. He perked up some. That was a good move. Who knew? He seemed so out of it and we just let him be.

Today he went to a new facility. A sub-acute rehab center. When I talked to him over the phone (we have to hold our cellphones up to his ear with the speaker on) he told me about the move and what number his room was and that my sister had gotten him a window bed. He wasn’t there last weekend. There is more hope. We have to learn to re-stimulate him in an interest in his life and future as it is not his time to go.

We have a long road still ahead of us, but now we feel he has an interest in that road and will slowly walk it with us.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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Word Press Happiness Engineers have finally made me happy


Finally they have have gotten things straightened out. I think anyway, time will tell.

The stress is really affecting me and I have no patience to begin with. My blood pressure has been very high. Dr increased my medication, but it took weeks for it to come down again. The last 2 days have been lower. My sister is taking her time off and is urging me to do the same. We can’t spend the rest of his life spending every day hovering over the hospital staff. She keeps reminding me to take some time for myself.

I didn’t go today and don’t plan on going to Friday. She will get him moved to a sub-acute rehab center Thursday before her vacation begins on Friday.

I played Bingo at my apartment complex. I won a game.

Tomorrow there is a meeting at the complex about the fact that they plan on trying to turn all the public housing senior centers into HUD (Housing and Urban Development) properties instead. Still not sure how this will affect me and my benefits provided currently by Housing Authority. We might be moved, displaced or remain here. Rents may or may not be raised. That is a grave concern for all of us barely squeaking by on our measly government checks. Mine is disability and some are regular social security and others are simply working at low-paying jobs or whatever.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Be Careful What You Wish For, A Tale Of Woe


My mother always warned me to be careful what I wished for because I just might get it.

You know, mothers are pretty smart.

I was crying my tears of woe about my marriage at the time. I was not happy, my husband didn’t really care and I wanted out or so I thought.

When she walked into our life I thought it was what I wanted, but now it was too late because I had gotten what I had wished for and that was to be out of my marriage and that is exactly what happened. I was shocked. I wasn’t really thinking it would happen. NOT really!

There are many days I wish it would all be a dream and things were as they had been, but you can’t go back so easily.

I just woke up from a dream of a part of my pre-divorce life, crying.

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

They egged my car AGAIN!


I have lived here since 2004 and this is the 2nd or 3rd time it has happened. I don’t know why. There were other cars on the street as well and one time they threw glass bottles under the car and my old (as in very old age) neighbor helped me pick up the glass and had called to let me know before I came out and drove away on top of the glass. I couldn’t see them from my house.

My son quipped, “if they throw eggs scramble them!” I retorted, “I prefer my eggs on a plate!”

There were some fancy, expensive cars on the road with mine, but it was me they aimed at.

My pain is getting worse and it will be several weeks to over a month until I can be rescheduled since I had gotten sick before the last procedure. I had a taste of no pain for a while, but now it is back. I lie down for quite a while when I can although that does tend to make me stiff.

My friend and I have switched our brunch day to Sundays rather than Saturdays. Less crowded and better vibes. We were getting aggravated on Saturdays.

Still waiting for the bankruptcy to go forward. I am very anxious. Working on not spending money and wasting gas if I don’t have to go anywhere. Working on setting up a budget as well.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

Black tea and lower blood sugars


I have been drinking tea every day for days now, several cups a day. Last night I couldn’t keep my sugar up. Kept waking up low and had to have carbs without insulin. I am drinking black tea and it does help with sugar control according to research. The only insulin I had was the slow acting and it alone was dropping my blood sugars. No added insulin at meals today and none needed. My sugar levels are low. Not sure what to think. I am still getting daily healings from my dad plus this new research on black tea. Maybe I stumbled on something that will help my diabetes without using a lot of insulin. Black tea has a lot of good side effects according to my research.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

Share Your World – October 30, 2017


Share Your World – OCTOBER 30th, 2017

Where do you eat breakfast? Usually I eat breakfast at the kitchen counter or at my computer desk.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with? Stephen King.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be? A beautiful, colorful blooming plant.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. My father doing his best to do his faith healing and divine intervention on my physical ailments.

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Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).

 

Pain is Weird


Pain is weird. I was pain-free for a few days and now it is back, but on the other side of my body. I can’t figure it out. I was so relieved there for a few days and boom, just like that, it is back again.

I can’t figure out if too much movement is the cause, not enough is the cause or that there is no specific reasoning behind it,

I have spent the last few days calling the 2 doctors offices trying to get an appointment for the required EKG. I finally got one today at the very last minute before the procedure. Well slight exaggeration there. The procedure is Tuesday, but no time yet and so need Monday to wait for the time. The EKG is set for the last appointment on Friday afternoon. The day they close early.

I will plan on leaving the house early just in case of problems and just wait in the parking lot for awhile and then in the waiting room. I can’t take any issues such as road construction, detours and such. I was hoping to not have to have it. I really felt better than I had for over the last 7 years, but now it is back.

I just made a payment plan for the MRI’s I had and had to sign a paper so luckily my dad agreed to drive it to the post office for me. I had eased off a little on the pain pills and perhaps that had something to do with it.

I am sitting here in pain. Lying down was feeling better. May be up and down all night till bedtime. I have also had bad stomach pains the last couple of days. Not sure which hurts worse.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (no longer canceling this blog, just not adding new work to it, sign up for http://www.tessacandoit.com for the new posts).