Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies off-spinner Rangy Nanan says he is doing well after recovering from a stroke he suffered last year, and is looking forward to celebrating his 60th birthday today.
Nanan—who played one Test for the West Indies in 1980 during the tour of Pakistan when he took two for 37 and two for 54—said the road to his recovery is a long one, but he is encouraged by the progress he has made over the last few months.
Thirteen months ago, the former T&T skipper fell ill while attending the national team’s Regional Four-Day Tournament semi-final against Barbados at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, but he said that at the time, he did not even know that he was having a stroke.
“I must thank God for being with me through it all,” he told the Express during an interview at his home in Preysal yesterday.
“The day I got sick, I was at the Oval...Narine Bedhesi and I were going for lunch when I realised I could not stand up. But still, I did not know I was getting sick.
“I tried to stand up three times. I did get up eventually and I decided to go home. I drove out the Oval. Mr (Ronald) Cape at the Oval got the news and they got someone to follow me home. And luckily for them and for me too, Eugene Antoine followed me, but when we reached Caroni, he said Rangy you better pull over and park. So I am thankful because worse could have happened,” Nanan explained.
Today he is not as mobile as he would like to be. But the retired police officer insisted that he is improving each day.
“I feel a lot stronger now and three weeks ago, I started to do some walking within the house with the assistance of my son Kevin. “It was not easy for me at the beginning, but the doctor said I have to be patient, and that it will be a slow process.
“The good thing about it is that I have learned to be patient. I learned to accept what has happened to me. At first it was difficult. Being an active person and now knowing that I could not do what I wanted to do. I used to cry; it got better.
“As time go on I said I will be thankful to my wife and two sons (Kevin and Gary) who were there for me. I can’t say thank you enough to my wife Martha. She has been a prayer warrior and has been patient with me.
“Being a Pentecostal Christian, I am very grateful to the Lord for where I am now, getting better and better,” said Nanan.
“Also I started going to a new doctor and the medication he is prescribing is also helping...that has encouraged us also.
“I feel stronger and I don’t feel sick. I am talking better. I must thank God for being with me. It was a slow process, but the doctors were quite pleased with my progress.
“I will be 60 years (today), so I want to give God thanks for getting me this far,” he added.