So this is the short-ish Stroke-Boy Update.
Overall, I continue to improve. The most obvious outward sign to most of you would be the fact that I'm pretty much walking stick free these days. My balance is good enough that if I have it with me, it's for emergencies rather than ongoing need.
I'm also managing to keep up with two small children. I'm not managing much else, and I'm immobile or going backwards on a few jobs/tasks, but mostly I'm doing okay.
It's hard to tell just how good I'm going however, because I've been sick for almost six months. The illness only has the tiniest of relations to my stroke, in that in recent years I still get run down fairly easily, and I basically ran myself completely into the ground with the move to a new house.
Because I did that, I've had ongoing health problems, the main one being a cold. Every few weeks it'll come back, so I'll do less until I'm seemingly over it, give it a bit longer to be sure, then once I start to do stuff again, it comes back.
So even while in relation to my stroke I'm actually pretty happy and chipper, the constant illness is really getting to me. I'm starting to have some serious depression issues, not helped by the fact I feel with regards to my various responsibilities like I'm pushing mud uphill with a bucket made of chicken wire. At the moment even the slightest delay to any project feels like a mountainous object to overcome.
I'm also getting a lot of migraines, which is something I have to be very careful of for obvious reasons. Actually, that's not entirely true, what I'm getting a lot of is my pre-migraine signal of aching skin. So everything hurts just a bit, or sometimes a lot, and there's always a chance of a headache or migraine.
These things combined are keeping me pretty run down. Suspect the two kids don't help much with that either, but I don't care about them driving me into the ground.
Well, not much.
So, while I continue to recover from the stroke, this year it's been really hard to tell how much better I'm doing compared to last year because a lot of the recovery is hidden by being so sick. Mostly what I can say is that the fact I'm doing without the walking stick, and keeping up with two children means that under the illness I've probably improved pretty dramatically. We'll get a better idea once I stop being crook.
For the record, I'll have my collapsible walking stick with me at Swancon. Given I'll be relaxing properly for the first time in a while, I may choose use it a bit just to be lazy, so don't be concerned if you see me with it.