"Of all the things I’d worried about happening to Greg over the years, having a massive stroke was not one of them. He had never done anything in a half-hearted way and that was the case with the stroke as well. I sensed from the start that if he survived he was going to be severely affected. My hope was that he would get use back in at least one arm so he could use a computer again.
Over the first 2 months his left hand went from total immobility to managing a slight squeeze. Then one day he finally got it close enough to rub his nose.
For many weeks he had no way of calling for a nurse as he couldn’t ring a call bell. The first day he managed to weakly press an improvised bell was such a relief.
There have been many achievements since then that to an "average" person would be insignificant but to us were great: the first spoonful of real food, being comfortable enough to watch a whole movie again, first text and email, first trip to McDs!, having a beer for the first time in a year, operating precious remotes, having someone understand what he is saying.
Being of very anxious disposition, every change has been a big hurdle for me but Greg has been ready to tackle everything head on. There have been terrible times- not being able to understand him, seeing him in pain, him having to rely on others, but his tenacity is incredible.
Greg has never been one to listen to authority and telling him he shouldn’t do something can be a green light for him to try it. One incident that comes to mind is an outing to Westfield where I tell him that the wheelchair can’t go on the travellator. Shortly after and a few heart palpitations later I see him sailing smugly up the travellator.
Our family and friends, carers and Greg’s special "support" crew are all amazing. Also amazing is our daughter who started high school only a week after her Dad had his stroke.
I must also note that for Greg to type this is no easy feat. He only has use of his left non-dominant hand. The strength in his left arm is good but there is significantly reduced power and dexterity in the hand and fingers. Of course this hasn’t stopped him!"
"It was the toughest thing I think our families ever had to go through; it was the worst time in my life having my Dad so sick because we were always so close and no one had any idea if he was going to make it. But he’s as tough as nails and I can’t believe how well he’s improved, I was honestly expecting him not to survive. He’s the bravest person I know and it’s always going to be tough but he is the most amazing Dad ever and I definitely wouldn’t trade him for anyone else."