Help, Has anyone here had to recover from a stroke?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Charles Conner, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. dilver

    dilver Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2009
    NJ
    Hope you're on the road to recovery and playing again soon. Having a stroke scares the crap out of me and I have high blood pressure. I admire your perseverance and determination. Keep positive!
     
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  2. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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    Jan 19, 2017
    Switzerland
    Here's my advice. Simplify your lines and let your body recover. Putting pressure on yourself will only make things slower. Relax and enjoy the small steps. Your band sound supportive which is awesome!
     
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  3. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

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    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    If you still sing I would do that and let someone fill in for you on the guitar. The stress/frustration of not being able to play well may be too hard to overcome. Chill for awhile by just singing. Best to you.
     
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  4. afire

    afire Country Gent

    I don't know the book, but I think it's mention kind of gets to what I was thinking when reading through this thread. The list of guitar teachers/practitioners/colleagues who've helped other guitarists recover skills after a stroke is probably very small. But the list of medical professionals, rehab specialist, researchers and fellow stroke sufferers who've participated in the recovery of all sorts of motor functions is undoubtedly huge. If you're looking for inspiration and guidance, I'd say look beyond guitarists. Just my two cents.
     
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  5. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Age:
    72
    Jun 15, 2010
    Mississippi
    Charles, I had an ischemic stroke on Aug 4th of this year. I have trouble typing, remembering things, talking and playing any instruments. Yesterday was the first time I played since the stroke. Take things slow and do not get mad at yourself. My dad had one on Christmas 2008 at 90 and required going to a home. He kept having them until he died 3 years later. Only God knows our future, but taking your time can only help. I shall pray for you as I do myself. My God can move mountains, I was 72 Oct.12th. Rev. Robert Garner
     
  6. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Age:
    72
    Jun 15, 2010
    Mississippi
    You sing and play, skip the lyrics you don't remember. Play and sing every day you can.
     
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  7. Charles Conner

    Charles Conner Gretschie

    Age:
    78
    230
    May 19, 2016
    Maryland
    Thanks again for the support guys. The reason I chose to make this thread here on GT is because the stroke affected mostly my ability to play the guitar and on here are guitar players from all over the world. I didn't know that I had a stroke until I tried to play the guitar. The folks at the gig where I tried to play, knew something was wrong with me, called an ambulance an said if I didn't get in that they would throw me in. I've met some guys here near home who have suffered the same and had some of the same problems; ie. grasping chords, keeping their right and left hands synchronized, etc. Along with physical therapy, among the first things that I did was to practice on an acoustic guitar with heavier strings, harder to play, is good therapy. Seems like the best advice from all is, " don't give up".. I have to give myself guitar lessons and I'm a lousy teacher .... If at first I don't suck seed, I will keep on sucking .....
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
  8. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
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  9. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Age:
    72
    Jun 15, 2010
    Mississippi
  10. Dhebert

    Dhebert Newbie

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    Oct 18, 2019
    Japan
    Yes I had a hemorrhagic stroke 2 years ago...I am thankful that mine didn’t affect me much as yours did you. I have the same memory and speaking issues. The speaking issues are getting better but my memory and slow thinking now doesn’t allow for much conversation (always trying to catch up). I did also have some issues with my fret that eventually got worked out. Getting back to playing took some work, but string therapy is the best kind. Good luck.
     
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