In July 2005, everything changed.I had a stroke, due to a clot in my right vertebral artery. My whole world went upside down. Well, not literally, although my vision was affected at first. I was lucky not to have any of the hemi-paresis (paralysis on one side of the body) commonly associated with stroke survivors, but I had enough problems of my own.
The stroke affected my balance centre, co-ordination of my right side and the sensation in my left.I was discharged after six weeks in hospital learning all sorts of things such as:
- how to sit up, stand up, walk, go up and down stairs;
- to throw and catch a ball – you have to actually let it go!
- not to get the baked potato out of the microwave with my bare left hand – because although I couldn’t feel it burning me, it was.
At this time I could walk with a stick. By Christmas I had dispensed with the stick.
After another few months, physiotherapy ended, Conductive Education sessions and vocational rehabilitation started. I started a new full-time position less than two years after my stroke, and have been determined then as ever not to allow what happened prevent me from doing anything that I would have done before.So after I started work, I took up my clarinet again by joining a wind band.
But the one thing I hadn’t returned to was sailing. A drink with a friend – the same one who was my boss the day I called to say I would rather spend the next week sailing than in the office – resulted in me actually taking notice of the advertisement I had been seeing but ignoring in the station for some time – for The Challenge of a Lifetime.
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