Hi David, I had a stroke in 2005 at my most seemingly healthiest. I have done bits and bobs over the years like house renovations, running a toddler group etc and year before last I returned to real work as a teaching Assistant - I used to be a teacher. In Sept. I start a new job as a Higher Level TA five mornings a week and I am terrified as I feel like I have forgot everything I ever learned however I know this is irrational so I am getting myself as organised as possible - both at home and for work - all very mundane but I think it will help in the long run if my house is organised and I am at the bottom of my washing and ironing piles, If I have work clothes ready so I can just just grab and go, if I have resources ready for when I actually get in there, meal ideas - might even dig out the slow cooker etc etc.
Is your phased return very part time or ?? Biggest advice 10 years in is listen to your body and go easy on yourself - be kind to your new self. You sound superfit so that will help.
Good luck with it all and also be open with your work people because some of our trials and tribulations are hidden and just because we might look ok doesn't show the whole picture. I'm visually imapaired as a result of the stroke but mostly well adjusted to that though I would kill to get my driving licence back - a bit clumsy and sometimes depending on light / tiredness / stress etc find reading a bit dodgy but I am ready to challenge myself - it is very early doors for you so be prepared for off days and lows.
I have a pfo which was found following the stroke which is a septal heart defect thing - I have a flap open and it should be closed so good luck with your tests etc. Don;t be afraid to ask for second opinions regarding your health and medication etc.
Wishing you all the best and take some time to get over the shock of it all - for 12 months post stroke I was like a zombie - a shell of myself going through the motions probably down to fatigue and possibly depression though I don't subscribe to it I am a shit happens get on with it kind of woman - I did get my mojo back eventually
Let us know how you get on
and all the very best.