Kauai Recovery Post Stroke
A trip from California to Kauai exposes this sober alcoholic to
the Kauai Recovery 12-step Community.
‘A neurological event’ was what the Doctor’s have called it.
Close to three years ago, I was hospitalized on the stroke unit.
It was 103 degrees at Disneyland, Anaheim, CA.
The experienced changed my life.
The first emergency room said it was an anxiety attack and administered a valium
But it changed my life from that day on.
Multiple medical tests found no stroke.
Disneyland Anaheim Heat Stroke
We had a concierge as a guide at Disney for our family vacation.
My son had his daughter in a stroller, while my husband rode a fast electric mobility scooter.
Just having turned 60, I felt determined to show off my youth and strength to my son.
He does lots of active things, and I want to included in the fun.
I see myself as an athlete.
A projectile sweating event knocked me to the ground, completely disoriented, unable to move. Long lines of 51 Flavors ice cream customers crowded around the store front of Main Street, USA.
An ambulance came to me with the Disney paramedics and Anaheim police.
I was unable to respond.
Paramedics came to my rescue.
Wondering if I might have died I seemed to watch this event unfold from outside of myself.
Loosely tethered to the scene.
I drifted around above it all feeling like I was watching a movie.
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The people who live with me are accustomed to my ‘New Normal.’
I feel aware of how far I have progressed
in my post-stroke recovery.
I don’t want just to stay home.
Retirement came with the stroke.
People go on are ready to travel once retired.
Healing is not the same as curing, after all; Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.”
So I take my recovery on the road to Hawaii
Kauai recovery is very sweet. It’s a gentle jungle, no predators. Indeed, it is a benefit of my sobriety to be able to spend time on that island, combined with the blessing of surviving the stroke.
There are warm tropical breezes night and day. But like all life it has, it’s limitations.
Post Stroke Kauai Recovery
The rain’s maybe the best part.
Way up on high cliffs. The trail is a path up, up, up.
Climbing over downed trees maybe 2 feet off of the ground, if you go on the most beaten trails.
There are raw paths that demand more serious climbing strength. Most every path includes mud that stings, foliage to move, and extremely uneven ground on a steep incline.
Where I ran into problems was needing to be aware and able to make quick decisions about multiple fields of stimuli to keep moving along safely.
I’m trying to figure out if I’m expected to answer the question.
Access the situation to know how I am supposed to respond.
After all of this is completed, I begin to search my body and mind to think “do I want a sandwich?” Or do I want to go to Walmart or swim 1st?
This is the time start to stutter, cluck, or hiss. I begin to formulate planning what it would take to get ready to accept invitation over the other option. I must weigh out which preparation would be the easiest, or impossible. Most often my answer is “I don’t know” Said in the effort to buy more time to think about, hoping they go away without giving me more choices. Especially rapid fire variations or I may go on tilt. If my boyfriend is around, he rescues me at this juncture.
Well, that’s a list of my shortcomings.
Now to present my superpowers.
At night I fly in my dreams. Mostly just right up off of the ground by catching air in any hand-sized container. In a pinch, I can fly high, from one building roof to the next if I have the air right container and flow of mood. I have to feel well practiced when attempting to obtain high lift.
The travel was harder than I’ve ever experienced in my past states of body and mind.
Nonetheless, anyone who recovers from addiction can both fly and enjoy Kauai.