I GOT MY ARM BACK!!!!!! ok, so many of you know that i have a rare disorder known as sneddon's syndrome (http://www.sneddonsyndrome.org) ,. i have survived many ischemic attacks (mini strokes) and one more debilitating one in june 2007 which left my left side paralyzed from head to toe.
its been a while since anyone has been able to notice any "leftovers" as i call them from the big stroke, maybe a couple years or so. those that are close with me know i may drag my foot, drop things, my fingers lock up or my pinky goes off and shakes like crazy in meetings - like i'm drinking proper english tea ;)
besides the little things that sometimes show up if i'm extra tired, dehydrated, sick, hormonal, panicky, etc... i have still had lack of muscle movement or control in my shoulder muscles and triceps and other surrounding muscles. mainly my biceps and some lats have done most of the work. i've also had still lack of hip muscle, gluts and quad & muscles around my knee....
well here i am friends... tonight i went to stretch and my arm... it reached up all slow and controlled, straight up, no angle, just like the right!!!!!! i swear i'm so excited i can barely keep it down to type. i can barely believe it!!!! AAAAAAAAANNNNDDDDDDDD i can do a sit up!!! AND i went to walk up the stairs the other day and my knee shot up like i was on a spin cycle! so my hip muscles came back, then i sat down on the floor and saw that i was able to flex my muscles around my knee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there's new things i'm noticing every day and it's like a crazy feeling going through things babies must feel of discovery with all the aches and pains of an un-used body moving a 200 pound tv into a new apartment ;)
so...the doctors told me i would probably reach my plateau of healing after 12 months. it was then that i couldn't jump, strain spaghetti, bring an uncovered mug of coffee to the table without spilling or be comfortable carrying my neices or nephews.
don't EVER believe in "can't", if you believe in something don't EVER give up the fight!
AND THE ONLY TIME YOU'RE WRONG IS WHEN YOU THINK YOU GOT NOTHIN' LEFT.