Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It's Been 8 Months ...

It's been 8 months, 1 hour and 46 minutes since I had my stroke.
It seems like a lifetime ago.

I was only 48 years old at the time.
The blood clot in my brain didn't know that.

In the time since I was rushed to the hospital - completely paralyzed on my right side, I have had to make changes in my lifestyle. Bye bye sodium. Bye bye saturated fats. Bye bye sugar.
Hello Mrs. Dash!

I have learned to read labels, and what I see scares me.
Foods that are labeled 'healthy' - have startling amounts of sugar and sodium!

I urge each and every person to learn the symptoms of a stroke. It can make the difference between a full recovery (yep, I'm back to 'normal' now - whatever that is!) and permanent disability or even death. Every minute counts.

Learn to read labels - especially the amounts of sodium and sugar. You will be shocked. You will be HEALTHIER by knowing to avoid these poisons (I know, I know, all things in moderation!).

I thank God everyday for my miraculous recovery. The only two real residual issues I have are that my memory isn't quite what it used to be ... and when I get tired/agitated I start to slur like a drunken mad woman.

Please take care of yourselves. I want to keep all of my friends around for a long, long time.


  1. Thanks for the reminder Clytie! I'm so glad you are OK.

  2. Thank you for the reminder--it IS startling to see how much corn syrup, sugars and salts are added to just about everything. I've started cooking from scratch these days to avoid that trend. Makes a HUGE difference.

    I will never ever take you for granted--not ever. I will never forget that day. I am so grateful God healed you--and that that poor surgeon fellow was so, er, stunned and confused. lol (grin)

  3. I'm glad you've recovered so well. I really need to watch my foods better, although I've been making some real changes for the better over the last year and a half.

  4. We are all grateful for your wonderful recovery Sissy Cea...God knew this would be a "Heartless" world without you. I'm so glad you are taking care of yourself...thank you for the reminder that we must look out for our own well being. Keep up the good work...Love you.

    P.S. I love your fern reflection...beautiful.

  5. Hi Clytie. I was so worried about you when you had your stroke. And you are right, it seems like it was much longer ago than that. You'll be happy to know that I do read labels! Staying off sugar, salt and bad fat is great advice for everyone.