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Hi, I am 6 months on from having stroke. My world has been turned upside down in that time - no house, no relationship, no job, no money, all personal stuff at ex’s until I find a place to live. I am staying with parents as I was evicted from Hosp. I am struggling with Agoraphobia and lack of confidence.

Right, the reason for the post is - I read with responses to the ‘Help…How do I deal with this’ and they gave me enough confidence to go out on my walker. I am still learning and legs weak. Got past one house and back,.

Thank you to all of you for your responses to this post - all posts really

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You must continue to post your progress here, you will get encouragement and sympathy where necessary, it will also be a record (a public one at that) of your ups and downs and a spur to advance further.

Best wishes

Bob :smiley:

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Will do. You too.

I used my wheeled walker today after reading some of the responses to a post. Got as far as one house wide and back. just need to keep plugging away. I pick up my wheelchair tomorrow from Wheelchair service.

Every thing Bob said I second. We are all here for you Clare throughout your trials, conquerors and falls. We are all here to catch each other. Well done on your outing and great about your mobile chair it will be fabulous to get out and about. No wheelies until your stronger. Kind regards Loraine :blush:

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@a.clare71 great to hear you’re getting your confidence back, keep building up a few steps more or to the next lamp post or whatever, each time you go out.

Keep us updated, best wishes, take care and big hugs :hugs:

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Hi so sorry to hear about your stroke and the situation you find yourself in. Please stay positive, you will get there with determination.
Some days are better than others you will feel fatigued, so listen to what your body is telling you and take a day at a time.
I had my stroke 20 months ago I was In hospital from August until October. I had a left side weakness subluxation of my shoulder and a drop foot.
I came out of hospital on a Zimmer frame just walking a few steps.
I had physio from the NHS for and few weeks but carried on having physio privately which has been a great help and do excise’s at home.
I now walk independently with a carbon fibre splint on my left leg I am using my left arm and hand still weak but getting there.
I did my test with the DVLA and back driving locally.
When I came out of hospital I didn’t think I would be doing the things I can do now? So keep positive and you will get there
Good luck and let us know how things are going?

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Hi Dottie, thank you for your message. I always try to keep my glass half full. Learning to listen to my body as I struggle to understand fatigue.

I am struggling with going out, for say a, lunch as I still struggle with my right arm.

@a.clare71 it’s great to hear that you managed to get outside for a little bit. That’s a massive achievement for someone with agrophobia. Build the distance up a bit at a time & you’ll soon get there. We’ll done xxx

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Hi Clare I found it difficult to eat out following my stroke. I felt very self conscious. Friends and family would cut up my meal and I would just use my fork. I can cut up most thing now and have a very funny action when doing it and still have difficulty with things like meat.
The more you go out and do this, the easier it gets.
So good luck and enjoy your days out.

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Hi a.clare71 – I well remember the beginning of my recovery, when I did just as you are doing–going out with my walker to my neighbors house and back. Did that for a while. Then 2 houses. And so on. Takes quite a while to build up strength in the muscles again and stamina. But just keep at it and don’t lose heart. You’ll get tired and need to rest. That’s normal. My best wishes go with you on your journey to health. I’ll remember you in my prayers tonight. :slightly_smiling_face: :heart:Jeanne

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Shwmae @a.clare71, stay proactive and may the inner-Viking find you to warrior forward. :grinning:

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Stay positive and be careful and happy and laughing is the way to do it :wink:

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Hang in there, for you are coping with sooooooo much! Gently does it. Well done with getting so far. You are amazing, and will improve with every day that passes!

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Thanks for your openness and honesty in your post. Every little step makes a massive difference, so set yourself little goals each day. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a day when things don’t go to plan, but keep pushing your boundaries just a bit. It is also useful to keep a wee line in a diary or journal of your achievements each day. Comparing day-to-day progress sometimes doesn’t seem to amount to much, but looking back after two or three months helps you to realise - and celebrate - how far you really have come!

Best wishes and richest blessings for a brighter tomorrow.

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