The Anonymous Widower

Medical Progress

I got my driving licence back on Thursday and yesterday I went to see my stroke doctor at Addenbrooke’s.

So how do I feel both physically and mentally?

Take yesterday.

I needed to get the Lotus Elan back from having the MOT from Newmarket and as everyone was busy and my secretary was not in, no-one could give me a lift.  So it was get out my trusty Brompton and cycle.  It should have been easy as although the trip was about sixteen kilometres, most of it is downhill.  Or at least it is if I go the shortest, but not the car-friendliest route.  But the Brompton slipped into fifth and couldn’t get anything lower than fourth.  And then there was the cold strong headwind.

But even so I made it easily in an hour.  I suspect I would be a lot quicker on my proper bicycle with the wind the other way.

On Wednesday the stroke doctor had told me that I had a leaky valve.  Now sometimes I think I can tell when it starts to leak.  Or am I imagining things.  I just push myself too hard and then I get a bit breathless, but if I get a rhythm going, I can pedal for over an hour.  Especially in Holland, where they have abolished hills by law.

It was nice to get back in the Lotus, which is now all pristine and clean.  I must take a few photos before it gets dirty!

Mentally perhaps I worry, but then who wouldn’t after what I’ve been through.

But as to brain function, it all seems to be working.  Word functions such as spelling are as good (or bad) as they ever was but I can only type with two fingers.  But then I never used more.  I do various memory functions when I collect my Zopa statistics, and these are just the same.

So far so good.

Except for one curious thing.  I do the Sudoku in The Times every day and have always found that the Super Fiendish were beyond my powers, unless I resulted to a process of elimination.  That in my book is almost cheating.

But since the stroke, I can do these without problems in just a few minutes.  I would never accuse such an august newspaper as The Times, of dumbing down, but they have just introduced a new section called Mind Games.

I should write to them.

My GP asked me how I was getting on mentally.  After all, to lose one of your close family is perhaps normal or bad luck, but to lose two is catastrophic and a downright disaster.  And then having a stroke doesn’t make you feel better.  Does it?  I don’t know, but I sometimes wonder that I now I think it can’t get any worse, so I just l0ook forward to the future.  She asked me to fill in a form about how I was feeling.  I scored very low.  But then that was good.

So what did the stroke doctor say?

He explained that the leaky valve wasn’t probably trivial and that he would refer me to the cardiology team.  But then I now feel that I’ve had it for years.  I don’t think that my stamina was any better in 1980, than it is now.  In fact sometimes I think it is better.  But I’ve always had this problem of being able to walk miles and not being able to run more than a couple of hundred metres.

He also said that the heart monitor had said I had an irregular heart-beat.

Because of these problems, he suggested that I go on Warfarin or rat poison.  This will thin the blood and make it less likely that I have a repeat occurrence of a stroke.

On the positive side, he felt that the research from Amsterdam on B6, coeliacs and strokes was interesting.

So I feel a lot better this morning, as we have a whole set of reasons, all of which it should be possible to overcome.

As I like to say – The Struggle Continues!

April 17, 2010 - Posted by | Health | , , , ,


  1. Well what did he say !!!!!!

    Comment by George | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. You read it, whilst I was writing it. At least you’re on the ball at this hour in the morning.

    Comment by AnonW | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. Poor James, you certainly have had more than your fair share of problems. They say these make one stronger, but I am never too sure. Let’s hope the troubles are now surmountable and nothing more debilitating happens. Good luck for the future.

    Comment by Lavinia | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  4. Looks like things can only get better. Did I hear from a little dickybird that a little travelling is planned for the future? I lost one of the maine coons down in the cellar of a mental hospital for 3 days. Luckily we found her so thats a bit of good news too! All love x

    Comment by Olivia the Maine Coon Fan | April 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Hmm! You can make some obvious jokes about that!

      Comment by AnonW | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  5. So pleased that you are being ‘sorted out’. Half our friends seem to be on Warfarin and they are happily alive and well but just have to be tested once a month at the surgery to make sure its the right dose. Do hope that this will solve the problems and Adam and I send you lots of love. You have had a rotten time lately and its time your luck changed and I am sure will now that Spring at last is in the year.

    Comment by Annabel | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  6. I do think that some of my problems are food related. Since I’ve been on the B Complex my hands feel very different. They are just a lot smoother. After all one of the problems with gluten free breakfast cereals is that they don’t have the added B vitamins of the normal ones. So perhaps I was short on some B vitamin or other.

    Or it just might be the sunny weather, which always improves me?

    Comment by AnonW | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  7. This might be an alternative to rat killer


    Comment by Nico Janssen | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  8. Thanks, Nico.

    That’s interesting. It’s funny too, in that I financed a metered dose inhaler for asthma drugs, that was sold to BI.

    I still have indirect contacts there.

    Comment by AnonW | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  9. Well James,
    An interesting read, we do agree you have been through it these last couple of years. But, you sound positive and coping well, and we will be thinking of you. I’m so sorry that I couldn’t make the service for George, but Patsy said it went well. Maybe things can’t get much worse. Anyway you know where we are.

    Comment by Charlotte | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  10. Life goes on, glad to see your spirits are up, despite your report 😉 Thinking of you, watching your blog.

    Comment by Hein du Plessis | April 18, 2010 | Reply

  11. James;
    Strive for Elan..’Enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness’.
    whilst travelling in ‘distictive and stylish elegance’.

    Comment by david dell | April 21, 2010 | Reply

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