Stroke Me Day 93: Curious Side-Effects

Dear Darling Ones,

There have been a few curious side effects of having a stroke.

For instance, I no longer need to have coffee every day. I kicked a 20-year caffeine habit on accident. In the beginning making coffee, preparing a cup, and transporting it to the living room was just too much work. This was in the need-a-nap after breakfast days. I kept waiting with dread for the bonkers, all-day unkillable no-caffeine headaches.

They never came.

(Full transparency, I’ve been having coffee again all the time because cold brew is delicious, but I don’t NEED it.)

I lost a bunch of weight, which I have some feelings about that we will continue to explore.

For like two months in a row I slept 8-9 hours in a row without waking up to go to bathroom (alas, those days are over).

Still, even with these positive side effects, I do not recommend having a stroke.

For the record, strokes are the worst and stupid and frustrating and awful.

However. . .
However. . .
However. . .

If you do suffer the great misfortune of having a stroke and racking up $21K in medical debt (the only debt I have aside from my mortgage), I recommend being surrounded by and supported by the most amazing people on earth.

The kindness and generosity showered upon me this week has been humbling & overwhelming.

Not only did 100 people share their money with me,, a lot of them said really nice things.

I have not processed it all yet and so I can’t yet explain what it means to me and how it makes me feel. I’m amazed and dumbfounded and so so so thankful. I feel so unworthy and endlessly grateful.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated, who shared the Go Fund Me, and gave me encouragement. I could cry with love and gratitude for each of you. Fucking Darling Ones indeed.

I’ll start working on thank you cards soon. I might creepily look for your address or you could just send it to me! I swear no nefarious intent. I’m lazy and cannot currently drive.

I love you all!


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  1. Donna Trump 09.Jun.23 at 10:45 am

    Jodi—No need to write a thank you note but if is therapeutic I’m all for it! When I made my Go FundYou donation I tried to make a comment but failed. So here it is: You helped me, repeatedly and without charge, when I was trying very hard to be a writer and, it turns out, I needed a ton of help. Especially techie-website help (note how I was unable to post a comment, above). I introduced you to my crappy agent snd you were appreciative even though I didn’t know yet that she was so very crappy. I think you’re a wonderful person. I’m so glad to know you.

    1. Jodi Chromey 09.Jun.23 at 11:52 am

      I was happy to help you. I try to help artists whenever I can. I’m glad I know you & hoppy to have read your magnificent work.

      (I rook out your address so lookie loos don’t get it. Card will follow shortly. Sister #4 is going to help me address them, but the card-writing will be all me!)


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