Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Answers - Part 1

If you could only have one body/motor function back to 100% what would it be and why? How do you keep from being angry? - Chelsea
I would talk and those who knew me pre-stroke know I wouldn't stop. And I don't keep from being mad. I choose not to show my anger.

What is your favorite color? What shows are you watching right now? Any good books I have to get and read? - Michelle Julian
Why hot pink, of course. Right now, I'm watching Ellen, but I watch a lot of HGTV. My DVR is set to record Revenge, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Parks and Rec, The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, Chicago PD and Hart of Dixie. We also really like Top Chef when it's on.


Do you remember the physical therapist man-handling you when you were in the hospital for pneumonia? Did you wonder if I was ever going to do something about it? - Sheila (MIL)
Thankfully, I don't. I do remember coughing in the face of the speech therapist who was feeding me chocolate pudding. What? I had pneumonia.

What's it like to be married to a Wilson? Where in the world would you like to visit? What hobby do you still enjoy, outside of writing? - Claire
Marrying a Wilson was the second best decision I have ever made. I did go to Poland, landing in Krakow and riding a bus to Warsaw. I was headed to Belarus. A sidenote, I have often said I would go back, especially to Krakow, because it was relatively untouched during World War II. The next year when I visited Belarus, there was a short stop in the Prague airport. I really want to go back. To Prague, not the airport. And I don't really don't have new hobbies, though people close to me seem to. For example, cooking and sewing and reading.


What is your biggest focus on in therapy right now? What are your goals by the end of the summer? I think I saw where you and Chris have been going to some movies? What is a favorite that you have? Do you think  that you will ever go and speak to people about what happened to you....like a tour? - Anonymous

My goal is always complete recovery. Far-fetched, maybe. Impossible, no. As for movies, I really liked Despicable Me 2. Before my stroke, I favored children's films, if clever. I also like The Great Gatsby and Silver Linings Playbook. Assuming people would listen, I would consider.

When you were having your stroke what did you feel? Have you ever had an out-of-body experience throughout any of this? - Julie Miller
I was nauseous and extra tired the day before, though I don't think I was awake during the stroke. No out-of-body experiences here. I do, however, believe they can make for lucrative books and movies.


What is your favorite thing at this point? New equipment, trips out, soft awesome sheets? - Patty Maples

My absolute favorite thing hasn't changed. I love it when Chris sits beside me and tells me he loves me.

What are your newest dreams and plans? Do you miss being at PSU? - Mayra
I don't want a whole lot, except I hope to be a singer with my all-new voice. Not really. I brought my favorite part from Pitt State with me. In all seriousness, I miss learning. I was a step away from applying to grad school before my stroke.
Who is your favorite therapist? Also, have you become a soccer fan yet? - Robin
My favorite therapist will be she who first gets results. About soccer, I would like to plead the fifth.

9 comments:

anakinsnana said...

I am so glad you don't remember the incident with the therapist. That was respiratory, not physical by the way. There are some things better left in the dark. I loved reading your answers to all these questions and I'm so happy that Chris was your favorite part of Pitt State! I can't wait to hear your new voice my sweet dil!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering my question! Im glad you weren't really aware during your stroke!! I have another question...do you still remember all the fun shenanigans we had when we worked together at N & N? I had such a blast with you!!! :-) ~Julie Miller

Jennifer Glenn said...

Thank you for sharing! It feels like chatting with you and I hope it is similarly satisfying on your end. We Glenns believe in your full recovery and pray for you nightly. Jacob especially holds a place in his heart for you. Remember his mischievous, handsome smile? Just like his daddy. Oh and are you outing Chris on sewing? Is that what's going on here?

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed this! You amaze me everyday Alison! I think you speaking about your experience would be awesome and I too hope that blogging is as enjoyable for you as it is for all of us to read ! Miss you both! God bless -Chelsea

anakinsnana said...

Can I ask another question please? What can I (considering my slight physical limitations) do for you as your mil that would be the most help to you? I too believe you will have full recovery! God even shows me in dreams from time to time. They really renew my hope! I know He will heal you!

Robin Miller-Gioia said...

Nice response, evader. Your favorite therapist will then be called "Robin". All who achieve after her will also be favorites, but she will be the first. :)

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog. These are many of the questions I wanted you to be able to tell me when I met you in rehab back in in Nebraska and here you are now expressing them all. You are a true inspiration, thank you!

Anonymous said...

As I told you and Chris on the phone, I take exception to your comment about learning. You learn every day of your life. You learn to stretch your capabilities, your faith, your hopes and dreams. You are learning about what is truly important in life--something that some never learn. As for structured classroom-type learning, that is certainly not beyond the realm of your possibilities. You have a keen mind and intelligence. You are amazing and I love you dearly. I hope this finally posts. Jeri

Anonymous said...

Hi Alison, you mentioned, "Marrying a Wilson was the second best decision I have ever made". That begs the question.....what was the best decision you ever made?