I've spent since early July recovering from God knows what. We're still in the correct diagnosis stage - given what we are dealing with, there are huge concerns on the doctors because of the need to have the right treatment plan. As some of you know, I struggle with cognitive issues & short term memory issues; can't for the life of me remember many things. I spend a lot of time writing notes & now ask the tweedles treatment teams to either write me letters or preferably use email so I have a written reminder of what's been discussed. Occupational therapy has been suggested. I spend a lot of time finding the right word - I can see it in my brain but I cannot get it out. There are issues with my swallowing. Speech therapy looms ahead for me. My doctor's are using written correspondence & notes to help me take the right medications at the right times. To show up at appts at the right time, at the right place. Etc, etc, etc, husband is using a dry erase board to help me with things around the house. I've put up huge signs to remind me to turn off the stove. That's my biggest concern. A RN is now coming in to teach husband to set up medications for kt; I overdosed her one day - set up medications incorrectly. Physically, I cannot walk with-o a can or walker, my right side is extremely weak & my coordination isn't that good. There is a great deal of pain. For the past 3 years I've let doctor's tell me that my symptoms are all stress related. I utilized the antidepressants & ativan thinking this would help. I used the lunesta to help me sleep thinking that the stress was keeping me from sleep. In the meantime, things kept escalating...with one tweedle or another & with my symptoms. Turns out something else is going on .... something far more serious than stress. I guess this is just to remind you not to let a doctor assume that because your home life is stressful, that your physical symptoms are stress related. It may be.....it may not. Make sure that all else is ruled out before you accept those AD's & tranquilizers. Take time to take care of you - in the end, if you don't, you cannot take care of your family as you would like. I'm finding this out in a very personal way AND I don't like it. I have to accept it though & move forward. Ladies, take care of yourselves. Don't let your difficult children put your health in the background. It's simply not worth it.