St. Petersburg

I’m closing on my house in Florida tomorrow.  I finally feel like for the first time in my life I’m really doing my thing, what I want and not conforming to some vision that other people came up with as to what I ‘should’ do or how I ‘should’ behave.  I’m doing what’s best for me and my husband, and our marriage.  That’s certainly what matters most.

We arrived in St. Pete last night and have been exploring the city since we got here.  On foot.  We’ve been walking around.  I remember when I wrote this post.  When I wrote that, curbs were really scary to me.  A small curb felt like a freakin’ mountain.  I remember the feeling, the fear.  Anyone reading this that never had a stroke, going up and down a curb is second nature to you and doesn’t require any concentration whatsoever.  Have a stroke, that changes.  Drastically.

But walking around this flat city, curbs are no longer scary to me.  I won’t say it’s second nature for me, I’m still very aware that it’s a different level of ground, but it doesn’t require much extra concentration for me to navigate a curb.  I squeeze my husband’s hand a little tighter when approaching a curb but I don’t have to think about doing the whole ‘Up with the good, down with the bad’ thing anymore.  6 years after the stroke and it’s so different and better than those first couple of years post-stroke.  So, so much better.  It gets better.

Categories: Brain stuff, Recovery, Rehab, Stroke stuff

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17 replies

  1. Congratulations, Amy! I’m sure you will love it there. My life has never been better since we moved to Florida. Be sure to check out the Salvador Dali museum.

  2. Good for you making the move that is right for you. In 2013 we moved to Arizona to bring our youngest to College our older kids didn’t like that idea as we left them and our granddaughter behind in Oregon. But we felt it was the right move to make.

    I am glad to hear the curbs get less scary in time. I had my first stroke 4/6/16 and my 2nd on 3/4/17. Curbs still scare me, so do rocks. I live in Arizona and Desert Landscaping involves a lot of small rocks in your yard, well the small rocks end up on the sidewalks. People who have a hard time walking due to very poor balance do even worse when they have to avoid all the rocks and pebbles in the way.

    Enjoy your move.

  3. Good to hear that you’re not letting your stroke keep you from negotiating curbs. I could tell you about a weird accident I had on an escalator (in Boston while traveling alone!) because of my post-stroke dystonia, but … um, maybe not! Enjoy Florida! 🙂

  4. Great to hear how well you’re doing Amy. I too, 4 1/2 yrs out, am walking much better. We will make it!

  5. Hi Amy,
    You are great. Finally doing your thing — so many people never achieve that, let alone stroke survivors! And i like what you said about doing curbs. I had my stroke in 2012 and they still intimidate me. But I will conquer them! Especially now that I have your inspiration. Thank you.

  6. So Happy for you both Amy😊 And Congrats on the closing of your new home! Most of all, best wishes for a sunny new future☀️💞 Love, Aunt Marilyn

  7. Congratulations! When I first met you in person (can it be 5 years ago?), you were frustrated about living in Pittsburg because it was such a bad place for you.

    What an accomplishment! When’s the housewarming party?

  8. I remember complaining about curbs with my ex on a trip to the ‘Y’. Thought I was going to get on a contract with Citibank with the possibility of traveling to Tampa, but alas was selected for Mellon Bank of NY instead.

  9. I’m from St. Pete also and stroke 2015. 6930 17th La N 727-350-3707.

  10. Yes, it does. Some things you thought you never see again. Best wishes, Amy.

  11. Hi Amy, I have been following your blog since my 38 year old husband had his massive cerebellar stroke on 10/2/16. He is in a skilled nursing unit and doing a lot of rehab. He had 2 brain surgeries. He has come a long way in a very short amount of time. I’m so happy to hear you are doing so well!! It gives me hope!! We have 2 boys ages 3 and 18 months. Our lives are turned upside down. But He is strong and determined just like you! We live in Cleveland Ohio, so I’m sure the curbs will be scary for my husband whenever it is that he comes home. We still don’t know. Please keep up what you’re doing. You have no idea how much I need to read your posts. You make me feel like my husband will conquer everything that the doctors thought he couldn’t do! Congratulations on your new home! How exciting! God bless…

  12. I am so behind reading…congrats on your move…how are you doing? Is the sunshine helping, or is it too soon to tell yet? I don’t feel settled into my post stroke “new to me” home after 5 years…but I am getting there

    • Hi! I’m behind too,you posted this comment over a month ago and I’m just now getting to it. The sunshine is definitely helping. It’s a different effect than what I thought though. So far, my physical and speaking limitations are sooo much better. I didn’t expect that. The mental stuff, the depression and whatnot, not better yet but I’m still adjusting. Plus since we’ve been here it’s been miserably hot outside and just now is beginning the beautiful weather.

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