Last Wednesday night, I suffered a stroke of my right Parietal lobe and just got home from the hospital two days ago. It wasn't a mini-stroke or a TIA, it was the whole enchilada, but I came out fairly lucky. I have no paralysis or trouble walking. My left arm and actual hand are very strong, just not my fingers. I have been making some really good progress so far: at first I couldn't grip my fingers together at all. The occupational therapist poured out some paper clips and told me to put them back in the cup and the first day took 30 minutes and totally wore me out. It got better the more I did it. I had my wife bring in a casio and started running left hand figures with a metronome. My neurologist was actually a concert organ player in Germany and he was very encouraging. He seems to think my odds of recovery are very strong and says that musician brains are particularly adept at forging work- arounds for synapses to reconnect. The brain tries to find new paths to make things work. As a professional musician (mostly on guitar these days), not being able to play is a really big deal. Any of you have any experience with stroke recovery? I could use the encouragement, honestly.