I have to say, what outstanding work has been posted here lately, truly. I see examples of our community taking TurboCAD to extremes of Design, Art and Rendering. Every program has its critics and its issues, but if all you looked at was the Gallery in this Forum, you would think that TCAD was capable of anything.
Now, partly to gain sympathy creds, and partly because I've been a member here for so many years, and haven't been posting too actively lately, and I respect all of you, I'm going to tell you about the Stroke I suffered Six Months ago. . . . yeah, let that sink in.
I was always one of those tough guys who didn't go to the Doctor until someone else had to drive me to the Emergency room. It had been 10 or 12 years since I had seen a Doc. What you don't know can't hurt you, right? HA, what you don't know can kill you.
Pretending you're Ironman can actually work 'til you're 50, if you're in shape, and I was . . . then the Crash of '08 hit, I lost work, sat at my computer, continued eating and drinking and smoking and ingesting whatever the latest cute young thing offered up, and gained 100# in 1-1/2 years.
I was an undiagnosed Diabetic, my Blood Pressure and Cholesterol were off the charts, and I smoked a pack a day . . .
Then on October 15th, last year, I woke up in the middle of the night, feeling weird, and I couldn't make a fist with my right hand. By morning, nothing on my right side worked.
Luckily for me, one of the top 10 rated hospitals in the United States, John Muir Medical Center, is 15 minutes from my house. That and Obamacare kept me out of a wheelchair. Now, I am not one to get political on this forum, I respect you all too much for that, but under the old system there was no way I could have afforded this care, and I got it with no questions asked. And if your American, your tax dollars helped pay for my care, and that's a wonderful thing and I thank you.
In way of repayment let me give you some hard learned wisdom;
After 45 years old, no matter how tough you are, start seeing a doctor every year, at least.
And follow their advice.
You know what's good for you, and what's bad, hell, your Mother told you when you were 12. Act on it. Quit Smoking. Sugared Sodas like Coke and Pepsi and sprite are KILLING YOU. Read the label, see the grams of sugar. And nice fatty ribs and chicken are awesome (drool) but not everyday, pace yourself.
If you, or someone you live with, thinks perhaps they might be having a stroke, ACT! Don't wait and see, Don't discuss it, and Don't drive to the Hospital or Doctor, call an Ambulance. They will begin treatment immediately upon arrival. Hell, the EMTs worked on me for 20 minutes before the Ambulance left my driveway.
The main reason for acting quickly, beyond, "my god I'm having a stroke, help", is that they now have a drug, that if administered within three hours of the onset or the stroke, completely reverses the effects, yes, no weeks in the hospital, no relearning how to walk, just a shot. But you got to get there quickly. I wasn't that lucky.
But I was lucky in another way, I had two acquaintances in the last five years suffer strokes. One, a male my age, denied he had a stroke and he couldn't move because of a pinched nerve, for nearly two weeks. When he was diagnosed he was pissed off (something I understand completely), irritated his Doctors and Therapists, and made no effort on his exercises. He still uses a walker five years later. The other, a woman a few years younger, talked of just taking one more step everyday, then walking to the corner, then crossing the street, and step after painful step. And five years later you can not tell she ever had a stroke. So, I had my role models to choose from.
Finally, and this important to remember if you or a loved is ever in this situation, my doctor was young an innovative, and had seen the results of a double blind study where small doses of Prozac "significantly enhanced" the return of motor response in stroke victims. Google "stroke and prozac".
How am I? I dodged a goddamn bullet. Imagine relearning to walk at 65, to feed yourself, reteach yourself to use a mouse with what had been your dominate hand? It is exhausting.
I put away the cane in mid January, started playing computer games in February, picked up the drum sticks in March (there's a lot of work to do there), opened up TurboCAD beginning of April, and last week my Doctor declared my diabetes under control and took me off insulin. Blood Pressure and Cholesterol are normal, so actually I'm doing great.
Finally, the only benefit of having a stroke is everybody backs off. You're lucky to be alive, just take it easy and recover. Relax and get well. Oh, and my Therapist says that using the Joystick in compyter games and using the mouse and keyboard in TurboCAD are in fact, good therapy. "Leave me alone, I'm recovering."
So, spending all this time on my comp, I've decided I'd like a different desk . . .