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      In the Fall I had a massive stroke. They aren't cheap $100,000. The Clot Buster was $28,000. The nurses voted for me to go home when I left ICU.  I was going anyway.  I couldn't drive for a few months and Nurse Crachett would not let me out of her sight. But as soon as They let me after my 3rd eye exam( couldn't see  reel well for a couple of months) I was ready to shoot.  . I'm still cant see real well out of right eye. Of course it effected my eyes and my right side.  Sort term Memory is the worst. I dug out a set of 32 H& R mags . Pretty weak on right side that helped. Put bigger front sites  on 97 and full buckhorn on  rifle. Have any of you switched to shooting left handed since your stroke?  Did you change anything else to help. 

 

Rev

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Praying you heal up quick and completely.

Not a stroke but heart attack in 2011 with the two vessels entering the heart from the back side being blocked, one 100% blocked the other about 90% blocked. Doc said another 20 minutes and I would be shooting up in heaven instead of my home club. Two stints and $90K later they told me the blockages were from a truck accident in the 70's and there was one more vessel that was so calcified their advice was if I ever needed bypass surgery to have that one repaired at that time as they would have to "gut me like a pig" to get at it.

Weight restriction of 1/2 gallon of milk max for two months to let the femoral artery they had run the stints through completely heal. out of work for about the same amount of time. No eye problems but had to change how I sleep as pressure on my chest caused numbness in the extremities for about a year. Now regular check ups with the cardiologist (EKG mostly) and optometrist (to look for clots in the eye ball and signs of high BP), diet change to lower blood pressure and of course lose weight. Never said anything about shooting but a friend had to give up trap/skeet/clays for a while to avoid prolonged recoil sessions after his HA. After that first year they pronounced me healed and said take better care of my self and that was about it.

Biggest change was in club policy as mine occurred at the range and (like an idiot) I took myself to the hospital instead of letting any number of volunteers do the driving. That is no longer allowed of course.

All the best

 

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Gateway Kid

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I hope that you make a full recovery, and have no reoccurrence.

 

Snakebite 

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Dang RLK!

 

As the saying goes, if it weren't for bad luck you wouldn't have any luck at all. I wish you a full recovery, a happy, and long future.

 

:wub:

 

AM

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               Thanks guys. Neurosurgeon said the same thing, no Trap, 5-stand Skeet, Sporting Clays  for 6 months.  He also said no Cowboy Shooting, I told him " I understand your a great doctor if your having a stroke and I can give the others but you can kiss my A$$ about Cowboy Shooting. Like I said the nurses voted that I needed to go home after 3 days in ICU and 1 day in private room.  His words not mine. I'm not a good patient. I won't be run over.  My cardiologist and I have been together for 18 yrs since the Heart Attack(Widow Make) in 2001. He said go for it. Shooting Cowboy is not going to hurt me.

 

              I lived on this Forum since the stroke at night and day reading. It kept my mind busy for 2 months. I couldn't see so good and had trouble doing any typing so I just read. As my eye site got better and my memory got better I broke out and loaded some ammo. Real slowly . My right arm and leg ache and I get tired after 3 stages , but I keep going. I love this Sport and the people in it. I ask about the changing to left handed shooting because I was born left handed, but my father said there will be no south paws in this family.  But during little league when I was  kid, I would switch hit and kill them .  I have tried the 97 left handed and it seams natural and getting faster then right side but I have trouble with the rifle. The Eye  specialist is going to make me some new Bifocals with larger lower part reading  and shooting lenses . I use cross draw holsters and in the process of making me a new set of holsters  for left hand. My left eye is mostly back. The right is 75% , Thats why I have cuts and bumps on my head  from doors and cabinets. I'm just here for the friendships ,shooting cowboy guns  and the clothes. I will never be fast. 

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Heal up bud, praying for you!

 

Im dealing with some stuff myself. Cervical spondylitis myelopathy. Just had two artificial discs put in!

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Good on you for moving ahead and still wanting to play this game.

 

Never give up!!!

 

Phantom

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