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  1. PatO

    PatO DI Forum Luminary Highly Rated Poster Showcase Reviewer Veteran Marines

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    I missed posting last year (1st 5 yr updates are on the forum) so this is a 7 yr update since I had a bad stroke.
    So my status hasn’t changed much the last two years, the Covid quarantine not withstanding. My right side is partially paralyzed, my left side numb; the numbness switches over to the right side half way up my body. I have never asked my neurologist to explain this. My balance and control switch in my brain is damaged so I need someone holding onto my right side while I do a funky walk - the right leg sometimes gives out and I have fallen on concrete even with someone holding me. I go to the gym 5-6 times every week (except when hard lockdown and gym closed). I can only do very light weights (dumbbells and machines) but at this age and condition I am only interested in keeping as strong as I can and the blood flowing to all the muscle groups. I walk 2-3 km up and down the paved road by my house daily at 5pm. I am only so-so watching my diet and eating mostly chicken and pasta (salmon when I can get it), a steak once a week, and red wine at night. Sleep apnea is a problem and I am waiting for the VA to address that when they reopen. I have a 90% VA disability and a 25% California disability rating, mostly for other issues. I am able to rise above my limitations thanks to my extended family. My wife tells me I am a better person now than the cocky former marine I was 10 yrs ago.
    So, still above ground, thankful for that. Stay safe, get medical checkups, I didn’t.
     
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  2. chi town

    chi town DI Member Showcase Reviewer Air Force Active Duty

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    Pat,
    Your body might be damaged but your warrior spirit remains untouched. You may fall but arise to continue the unrelenting fight, unyielding determination, uncompromising in your purpose. If I had half your fighter's mind and unconquerable heart I would be twice the man I am today. Fight on Patrick. You inspire us all.
     
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  3. PatO

    PatO DI Forum Luminary Highly Rated Poster Showcase Reviewer Veteran Marines

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    I had a “mini” stroke before my big one and ignored it. I also ignored taking a cold drink from the fridge and telling my wife the fridge was broke when the drink felt warm. Can’t ignore the warning signs my friend.
     
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    anti_crazy DI Forum Adept

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    I logged on just to give this post a 'like' rating. Bravo to you for the long fight to stay at your best. Impressive.
     
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    Been a long while Pat, sincerely happy to be back and reading your posts.
    It is clear you are a strong individual... still that cocky Marine deep down.
    Congrats on your continued recovery, and life.
     
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    We think you are AMAZING.
     
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    I am walking talking breathing proof of it. The good thing about Unemployability is that it is permanent, the only way to lose it is to go back to work. All other VA disability percentages can be downgraded.

    Plus I helped some others in Bacolod receive it before I moved here.
     
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    eskirvin DI Forum Adept Blood Donor Veteran Navy

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    There's a whole book I read on aging that had lots of very useful information in it. Metformin and NMN are relatively cheap and easily available outside of the US, so it made sense to me. I'll try to dig up that title and post it here when I can view my Amazon orders.

    Here it is: "Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don't Have To"
     
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  9. eskirvin

    eskirvin DI Forum Adept Blood Donor Veteran Navy

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    I feel for you having to live with the results of a stroke, but I'm happy you did indeed live. So many don't. Have you read up any on the effects of metformin and NMN on the disease called aging? I recently started using them and I've had creaky joints, pains, and vagueness I associate with aging vanish. It is worth looking into. I wish you many years of life with what sounds like an amazing family. Take care.
     
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    I was approved for IU in Manila, then raised to 100% p & t on my next claim.
     
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