Apparently ive had a stroke

thanks for the welcome , i am going to read a lot of the forums to see if there is anything else i can pick up about the conditions i have , i should also mention i m going back to get my sleep apnea sorted out i discontinues treatment about 7 years agoas i didnt want the machine beside my bed , (i used a silent fan to blow air on my face and thats worked out fine , i have also been diagnosed with Syncope (posh word for fainting or passing out )
and to cap it all , when lost my job , i applied to another company , and just got asked when i want to start as i just passed my background checks (in my job i have 30+ years experience so its easy to get another job ) now i have to tell them i cant drive so cant start for them
apologies if im sounding like a moany faced old git just now ,im still sorting out my head

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You are most likely still in shock and that’s a lot of why you are “moany faced”, you will be feeling down. It will pass if you don’t let it get to you.

As for the driving, that’s not off the cards, I was a year post stroke when DVLA gave me back my license. They like you to have a year without any further “incidents” of a stroke. The next 6mths will tell you soon enough as the brain heals. There are plenty of people on here who’ve gone back to work, even in just the past months. But I wouldn’t contemplate driving or operating machinery with having Syncope if I were you.

I’m pretty sure I could go back to work if I wanted to…but I’m enjoying my retirement too much for that :laughing:

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Shwmae, sorry to be to welcoming you, but you are with a caring and supportive group of people. I just wanted to pipe in that it is early days, and in the coming years you may be ready to start driving again. Having said that, stroke can sometimes be a change in occupation slash vocation, and after taking time to manage your rehabilitation, that aspect of your life may come up for review or you may be pursuing what you have always done. The important thing now, is to just slow down, and focus on rebuilding your life.

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Thank you Simon! Looking forward to learning more.

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Thanx for the info! EmeradEyesl I have not seen a team or anyone , just the local Doc.

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If you feel you need help with your aphasia, I’d advise speaking with your GP if you are having communication issue either verbal or written, and have them refer you to the speech and language therapy.

There are apps too which might help with retraining your speech on the SA site which I’ve linked below.

We were in lockdowns when I had my stroke but they still managed to get a speech therapist out to me. And in between sessions I used to do a lot of reading out loud to retrain myself. Did an awful lot of handwriting, drawing and tracing shapes to make my writing more legible.

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Wow, yes, all of it! Before I was on here, I saw a lot of YouTube content, How to speak, etc, Id spend hours on all different videos. About Aphasia. When I went walking with a friend, I would speak slowly, it helped a lot. Thanx for the help EmeraldEyes

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@cuddyhung as @SimonInEdinburgh has mentioned everyone’s recovery is different. good luck in yours and ask all the questions you want

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There are 13 posts that mention sleep apnoea - Just use the magnifying glass above to find them :slight_smile:

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Yes, speak slowly, keep words simple and keep sentences short :sweat_smile: And it can be exhausting too, draining just to speak. But it can and will most likely get better! That sort of thing usually rights itself in the first 6mths or so depending on extent of damage caused by the stroke.

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Of course not all repairs may be 100% perfect, but enough to improve quality of life :wink:

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Slowly, slowly - always better

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Hi @cuddyhung
Sorry you’ve had to join the group, that said there’s a wealth of experience here and I’ve found it really helpful., so welcome.

I think the current advice is that providing you have no symptoms you can drive again 1 month after your last stroke, but best check with your specialist first.

Good luck in your recovery​:+1::+1:

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@gav I can’t remember where I read it, and it probably doesn’t actually matter an iota but there is somewhere some forum guidance written by the software’s authors that says don’t +1 things give them a heart like instead.
it is because those same authors drive a number of processes internally triggered or fuelled by the heart icon.

I would sign this with " just two cents worth" but I don’t even think it adds up to that much :slight_smile:

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Ciao
Simon :+1: :slight_smile:

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Morning EmeraldEyes- Thank you, yes I was about to ask the doc to see a speech therapist .
And apps etc

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im looking into my free bus pass , waiting for a replacement letter from DVLA i had my licence at my old address but am due to renew licence in 'december so thought would wait till then and do it all at once , i will look into when i i can get it back , in all honesty i would just drive my car , i was a postman for over 20 plus years and for the last 8 have been doing courier work but i know i wouldnt be able to handle that just now if ever van again , i crashed my van about 2 weeks after i had my stroke (i didnt know i had had one at that point ) the one thing i have realised is theres no point in being a hero and carrying on when your not well ,i used to just plough on and say i would be ok ,i think i just had the biggest reality check in my life now

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where are you based @cuddyhung ? different councils have different application process for freedom passes etc

You might want to check this thread out if you can be bothered. I am in the process of tidying it up I promise!!

Quite a few of the applications are straightfroward some are not ha ha :roll_eyes:

One thing I would say is start your PIP application asap if you havent already because u=it can be backdated to when you apply sometimes… PIP is always the same process :astonished: :roll_eyes:

Kieran

Stay cool :polar_bear: :wink:

Here is a picture of a snow leopard to cheer you up.

Spotting a Snow Leopard for the First Time Is a Religious Experience

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Hi,

Sorry youve gone through all of this, wish you a good recovery.

I didnt drive until 3 months after my stroke, DVLA said 4 weeks, but had to wait until id had my eye field test which took a while.

Wish you well.

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im in Angus thats the bit between Dundee and Aberdeen including the coast (this is a very rough sort of description of location) ive checked on there web site and they do free bus passes if you have a letter from DVLA saying your licence is suspended for medical reasons

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Hi! Thank you so much for what you have written. I had a similar situation where I had had a stroke but didn’t know until I had a tia that left me with slurred speach. I never got much follow up and now vice. Was told I was young (approx 49) and didn’t have any physical symptoms or obvious mental problems. Butidid - it turns out I have executive function issues and audio and a bit I’ve visual working memory problems and tested positive for dyslexia! If someone had explained that to me at the time I wouldn’t have struggled for2.5 years before I got the dyslexia diagnosis. Now I manage better at work and managed to keep my job. I just have long slow speech and word finding problems and stuttering when I’m tired, stressed or have a migraine. Thank you for highlighting dyslexia

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my sister has dyslexia but it went undiagnosed all through school , we just thought she was a bit slow with reading and writing , on the bright side none of the family criticised her for it , we used to just check anything she needed written , our view was she was good at other things so why worry about that , me on the other hand my trick was sitting reading a book to my sister and cousin when i was 3 i coud read really early but im no genius either

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