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Re: Calling in for sickness

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: Calling in for sickness
Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 10:49:22 +0200


what a shock; and I hope you recover quickly and fully.

best wishes,

On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 10:20 PM, Bockett Hunter
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Attitude in rehab really matters.  My father-in-law had a
> stroke at about age 80 and went into a really good rehab program.
> He did much better than some lads in their 30s because of his
> determination.
> Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery!
> And, of course, thank you for all the good work on LilyPond!
> On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 1:11 PM, Graeme St.Clair <
> address@hidden> wrote:
>> Stroke: been there, but I think not so bad as yours.  Probably superfluous
>> advice, but do take your rehab work seriously - when I was doing that, I
>> saw so many people who just seemed to be going through the motions.  I
>> found my right hand suffered the most (of course, I was and am r-handed!),
>> so getting my writing hand going again was important, tho it took about 3
>> months - my writing now has a bit of a tremor, but is recognisable again as
>> my handwriting.
>> One of the things that would have been useful, but was not exercised, was
>> simply pouring - milk, coffee, whatever.  Also, grasping with the bad hand
>> is OK, because you quickly learn to be careful, but letting go of something
>> *also* needs care - I've lost count of the number of times I've nearly
>> dragged something back off the shelf I just put it on.  Yes, you will
>> likely need to use a handrail on stairs.  I've found it most convenient to
>> walk around the house barefoot (my foot Dr doesn't like this!), but this
>> does make steps a little tricky.  Some kind of footwear makes stairs a lot
>> easier.
>> The subtlest effect was on my voice - I can no longer whistle (! - and I
>> used to be good at it), my singing voice (bass), which was pretty solid
>> even at low volume, really now only sounds good at 'f' or above - lost 2 or
>> 3 top notes too.  I should probably have paid more attention to the various
>> tongue exercises that were given.
>> HTH, with very best wishes for a good recovery, GFStC, Altoona, PA.
>> -----Original Message----- From: David Kastrup
>> Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:38 AM
>> To: Thomas Morley
>> Cc: lilypond-devel ; address@hidden
>> Subject: Re: Calling in for sickness
>> Thomas Morley <address@hidden> writes:
>> Dear David,
>>> 2017-05-15 18:42 GMT+02:00 David Kastrup <address@hidden>:
>>> l
>>>> Hi folks,
>>>> had a sort of apoplexy and will not be able to do anything while
>>>> recovering.  I am hospitalized at the moment, CRT and MRT did not show
>>>> any specific anomalies but my right side is hampered and I cannot yet
>>>> swallow or cough which is sort of inconvenient.
>>> terrible news.
>>> I wish you all the best and I hope you'll get better soon.
>>>> Hope this gets to you.
>>> With one day delay.
>> I set the computer up to send the message on Monday and handed it over
>> but wasn't successful at first attempt.
>> Now out of the hospital for a few days, then I'll be into "Reha"
>> (physical therapy) for some weeks.
>> It was a stroke in the limbic region.  Mouth and left side are no longer
>> temperature sensitive (and there is a loss of pain in some regions
>> resulting in a loss of protective reflexes), motor balance is off (I
>> keel to the right when walking, left when crawling), smile is more
>> skewed than before, right face half feels somewhat rigid and numb.
>> Swallowing is business now or things will get stuck.  Which is
>> particularly inconvenient since coughing still doesn't work, becoming
>> more of a wheeze.
>> Walking is quite impaired, bicycling not yet back on the radar.
>> Accordion works better than feared but the right hand cramps up when
>> doing "weird" hand shapes typical for button accordion.  I'll probably
>> need to practice scales a lot.
>> I need to relearn some habits to deal with the changes: when walking
>> upstairs the first time in the hospital I glanced at a magazine in the
>> right hand and just went for the stairs without bothering about the
>> handrail.  Wasn't thinking anything really.  Quite embarrassing to
>> explain to the people bearing witness to the result.
>> The day before yesterday, I shaved again with a straight razor.  With
>> the reduced motor control, I expected the largest danger to be from
>> cutting myself.  That part actually went without a hitch: but trying to
>> temperate the water for making shaving foam got me to notice the
>> complete absence of heat sensitivity in the left hand.  Fortunately,
>> hospital bathroom water does not reach scalding temperatures.
>> Retraining motor skills in order to regain some of the lost capacities
>> is really exhausting, and there is a bit of competition for brain space
>> after the small section shut down: as some things get a bit more back on
>> track, others not obviously related take a hit (like the cramping-up
>> business when playing accordion, also developing in some other
>> departments).  So one needs to fool around a lot in order to keep
>> capacity loss in check and balanced with ongoing interests and
>> priorities.
>> Hopefully I can be back soonish.
>>> Please, take your time (_and_ some more) to recover, I don't want to
>>> see you here before !!
>> Even now before formal physical therapy I don't have that much time I
>> can spend with the computer since an hour sitting down is an hour wasted
>> for getting the new brain stem configuration rewired before it settles
>> down again.  And even if I considered computer work my top priority:
>> I need to get enough physical capacity back in order to be able to
>> integrate some exercise regimen into my daily life or the next
>> comparable incident is bound to stop the computer work short as well.
>> So in short: I need to ask you to hang in with me while I regain my
>> footing here.  I won't likely be able to contribute anything timely or
>> of significance until the end of physical therapy (facilities for that
>> are far enough away that I'll have to sleep in).
>> After that, I should at least be available again for some guidance in
>> programming matters (I managed to glance over the user list yesterday
>> and noticed several threads which might have warranted some reply from
>> me in order to move to the best track for a satisfactory solution
>> dealing with the users' needs but have to postpone for now).
>> There are some things I want to finish work on, but I think that the
>> next point will be for me to branch for 2.20: I think that even with the
>> current situation, it makes sense for me to try shaping the final
>> efforts once I am back at the desk.
>> I'll have to take score of everything that has been done without my
>> attention in place (which does include some past work) and decide which
>> parts would be more prudent to revert in the branch for the sake of a
>> stable release.
>> So now would be a good time for documentors and translators to step up
>> their efforts.
>> Thanks for all your efforts, and for your understanding, for your words
>> and deeds of support, and for your contributions in making LilyPond
>> prosper as a great piece of Free Software for articulating beautiful
>> music.
>> --
>> David Kastrup
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