Thursday, January 19, 2017

Some personal stuff...please read the book recommendation....

FINALLY found someone (a group home) to take my old couch and loveseat! (It's only been six months since I bought the new furniture.- And a certain amount of the delay was my own fault.) Oh, my, does my living room ever look big now. But I may have to re-arrange some furniture as everything is now crowded into 2/3 of the room. But will have to think on that...  😃 And how many times have you heard me say that?!?

And why is it SO hard (if you require pickup) to find  a charity who will take good furniture?

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: So many of us are of an age where either we (or our parents) are at risk of having a stroke. As you know, my Mom had a stroke mid-July. We are incredibly fortunate that the stroke didn't affect all her abilities as she was up and walking within days. Her recovery has been slow but steady although there are certainly some issues. But she is at home in her own apartment and quite self-sufficient.

Dear friend. Joanne. lent me a book "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey" by Jill Bolte Taylor. While I don't think that most people who have a stroke as severe as hers survive, her ability to describe the stroke as it happened was very insightful as was her telling of trying to communicate when her speech, hearing and sight were impaired.

I don't think that many of the things she experienced (such as the inability to see colour or three dimensions) will happen to most of us but I think it's important to "see" the whole picture as she paints it....if for no other reason than to tell ourselves "it could be much worse".

As it turns out, DS Shirley had read this years ago but had forgotten about it until I mentioned one particular passage. So she is re-reading it and I'll pass it on to DD Leanne, If, God forbid, I have a stroke, I want her to have the information in this book.

One of the last pages in the book is 40 things I needed the most.,  Good information.

WEATHER: We have been blessed with wonderfully warm weather the last couple days (+5 to +8C) and the forecast for the next while is around 0C. I'm sure it will turn incredibly cold again but for now, I'm enjoying this good weather.

1 comment:

  1. I read that book an it is AWESOME! "Proof of Heaven" is another good book. He didn't have a stroke, but a similar experience.