Cath’s Blog

cath atkin

Hi and welcome to my blog. My blog dates back to early 2013 when I suffered a stroke and records my journey and experiences as I progressed through my recovery and beyond. I have tried to share my thoughts and feelings and convey the highs and lows of life after stroke and coming to terms with a serious health condition. I hope my writing manages to inspire you in some small way and you continue to enjoy following my journey as it unfolds ……….

The Psychological Effect

The Psychological Effect

July 23, 2013
Today I went to get a psychological assessment. This was set up through one of the nurses in the stroke department at the hospital.  She had originally called to ask how I was after having the stroke and coming back home.  I hadn’t seen anyone and because I hadn’t had...
Warfarin………….

Warfarin………….

July 11, 2013
Ok, so just to recap… a few days ago the haematologist told me I had a diagnosis of Antiphospholipid Syndrome and that I will need to be on an anticoagulant for the rest of my life. Apparently, Warfarin will help me manage the APS to prevent clots or reduce clots –...
Eureka!

Eureka!

July 8, 2013
So that’s what’s been going on. Wow, it’s now as if I have an answer as to why I have behaved the way I have all my life.  The reasons I got tired quickly, the reasons I had panic attacks, the reasons I struggled to breathe sometimes, especially at altitude when...
Hospital appointments and heart checks

Hospital appointments and heart checks

May 27, 2013
I had appointments at the hospital today for heart checks after stroke. These were some of the tests the stroke specialist said I had to go for to work out why I had a stroke.  I’m actually quite nervous about getting all of this done.  It’s probably the not knowing...
Been busy – it’s not all been about sleeping

Been busy – it’s not all been about sleeping

May 22, 2013
I have actually been quite productive recently. I took on a cleaner because there was no chance my house was going to have a vacuum anywhere near it.  I don’t have the energy so it was less stress taking on someone who is understanding that if I need to go to bed then...
Don’t Panic, Captain Mainwaring!!

Don’t Panic, Captain Mainwaring!!

April 19, 2013
Well the energy hasn’t come back yet, still sleeping most of the time. I’m surprised there is anything to write, I’m constantly in bed, ha! Been back and forwards to docs, mainly panic attacks. It just seems like I can’t breathe, and my left chest is sore.  It’s not...
My American chauffeur has left.  Now, how do I drive?

My American chauffeur has left. Now, how do I drive?

April 15, 2013
It’s been a lot easier in the last two weeks with having my ‘big’ little brother around to help. When he heard I wasn’t well he flew all the way over from America to see how I was and help out.  He had a stroke when he was younger so he knows how limiting it can be. ...
Holiday Snaps

Holiday Snaps

April 3, 2013
Made myself a double appointment to see my doctor when I got home. I never knew you could get double appointments, but it's just as well I did.  The doctor spent probably the whole of the first part of the appointment faffing around saying OMG you’ve had a...
Well that was some holiday! Glad I was insured…

Well that was some holiday! Glad I was insured…

March 29, 2013
I always wondered what it was like having a two week holiday. I’ve only ever managed 10 days max because I’m always so busy. So did I chill out? Was it all party time? Eh, NO! Apparently it was a stroke. That was after staying in a ‘wellness room’ at the hotel....