Recovering time |

Recovering time

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:Few of us realize how close we are to “the edge.”Six weeks ago, I felt great. I awoke looking forward to a beautiful Aspen day, when what seemed like a great flash of white lightning hit without warning. I awoke hours later with no comprehension that I had become one of those stroke victims we see on TV.Intervening between now and then, were ER and police rides, drugs, fog, screams and a real feeling of a loss of reality – and great fear.Even three hospitals! Gradual restoration to sanity – of seeming reality – and control of bodily and physical functions, and mental restoration.Great realization that only slight physical damage had occurred – and that I had to learn to walk again. No discernible mental damage seemed apparent. Thank god.The future is up to me. Learn to walk again (I used to scramble up and down Snowmass like a monkey!) Take care of my diet and medication. Follow rules of recuperation regularly, avoid extremes of all sorts, and have fun, be optimistic, love life, be kind!Taylor GamblinAspen

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