Been away for months. Root cause: had me a stroke and I'm not even 50 yet. Needless to say that was not fun at all and 0\/10 would not recommend to anyone. Losing control of your right side when you are right handed just plain sucks. But after almost 2 months of therapy, I can say I'm doing great. I can walk and talk. Most people that I talk to can't tell. But if you know what to look for, you can. Can't put in full days at work yet, but doing what I can. Typing is getting better but there is no muscle memory so I have relearn everything!\n\nSo those of you prone to high blood pressure, pre-diabetic, and are overweight, don't mess around! Get that under control! Another factor was salt intake. I was watching calories trying to lose weight only I now realize I had 2,500-3,000 mg of sodium by the end of lunch. I was probably getting between 3,000 and 5,000 mg on a daily basis. Eat a can of soup as it's only 350 calories!! yeah, but now I realize it had 1,700 mg of sodium against a daily target of 2,000. Yikes! But my blood pressure is under much better control and with the diet change, my glucose levels have been very stable and the sodium intake has been cut way back. So the weight is coming off slowly at a rate of 1-2 lbs per week. I'm also exercising daily help the blood pressure but also I need to get back the strength I lost and especially the endurance.\n\nSo if you sound like me with high blood pressure, diabetes or close to it, way too much salt intake, watch out! Get it figured out before you end up like me and having to learn how to walk again. I got lucky, it was small and didn't impact any cognitive areas. My wife will just say I was always brain damaged. My recovery has been phenomenal but each gain now is getting smaller and harder to achieve. Thankfully I never smoked beyond a few cigars over the years as that is a huge stroke factor. Scared the crap out of my brother seeing in the hospital struggling to talk. He immediately started working out, quit smoking, and cut back on the alcohol!\n\nSo take note, we tend not to take the best care of ourselves. I got lucky and have gained a lot back in a short time. Others are not so fortunate.