Up & Down

Graph / Library of Congress

Graph / Library of Congress

Strokes have fallen to 5th leading cause of death in the US, down from 4th. A good sign. However, strokes are increasing among young people. Disturbing.

Romance

Lovers / Library of Congress

Lovers / Library of Congress

Several people have written in asking advice on dating when you are disabled. I was very disabled at first after my stroke and dating was terribly hard. My advice is to date a lot, kind of like a job search. Online dating is your friend. All you need is one amazing person who thinks you are amazing too.

Other advice?

Date

Dinner / Wellcome Image

Dinner / Wellcome Image

My husband and I had our first night out since the baby. We dressed up for the occasion and ate curious food.

We tried not to talk about our son all the time. Didn’t work totally.

Car Race

Superspeedway / Library of Congress

Superspeedway / Library of Congress

My husband says that his diaper changing ability equals that of a pit stop in a car race. New wheels! New fuel! New diaper!

I, with only one good hand, am slower but getting faster.

The baby enjoys screaming through the pit stop. Clean diaper quiets him down.

Vroom!

Baby

Baby / Library of Congress

Baby / Library of Congress

Labor sucks. The result is great. Father and Mother and Baby did well. A healthy boy!

Class

Breastfeeding / Wellcoming Images

Breastfeeding / Wellcoming Images

Before the baby, my husband and I took a class at the hospital on birth and labor. Sounded awful. We took another class on breastfeeding. More positive. These classes showed us how completely clueless we were.

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Five

Five in Frame / Wellcome Images

Five in Frame / Wellcome Images

In elementary school, our teacher taught us to write the number 5 by saying, “Draw a skinny lady. Add a big tummy. Give her a hat. Now you have the number 5.”

Pregnant, I looked like the number 5.

Dusting

Snow in Boston / Library of Congress

Snow in Boston / Library of Congress

I am unpleased by the snow we have had in Boston this week. We bought a shovel and some rock salt and unburied ourselves.

Time to think about warmer climates.

More snow stories…

Doll

Doll / Wellcome Images

Doll / Wellcome Images

At my rehab hospital, therapists congratulated me on my pregnancy and immediately started getting me physically ready to carry a squirmy kid around.

They had me buy a life sized baby doll, which they promptly sliced open and filled with gym weights, so that my weak stroke side would get stronger. They put me on treadmills with the heavy doll. I became in better shape than I was before my pregnancy.

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News

Pregnant / Wellcome Images

Pregnant / Wellcome Images

Baby! My husband and I are very excited.

I assumed that because of my stroke history, pregnancy would be horrendous. But no. It has been fine.

The stroke/pregnant crowd is rather small.