Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Teddy Bear / Wellcome Images
When I was in the hospital for my stroke, people gave me all kinds of stuffed animals:
The toys have been on my shelf ever since, reminders of my generous friends.
Now my son is playing with them. Recycle! A very happy reuse.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
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.
Friday, 16 January 2015
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.
Sunday, 4 January 2015
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.
Saturday, 20 December 2014
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.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Baby / Library of Congress
Labor sucks. The result is great. Father and Mother and Baby did well. A healthy boy!
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
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.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
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.
Thursday, 27 November 2014
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…
Saturday, 22 November 2014
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.