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Posted by Herb
on November 16, 1999 at 23:17:10:
In Reply to: STROKE posted by HERB on September 30, 1999 at 13:57:10:
: My sister has a massive stroke six weeks ago. We believe she can hear and understand, but she cannot talk or reply in anyway. Looking for ideas to make contact so that she can at least tell us yes or no.
: We have tried the obvious of having her squeeze us or blinking her eyes or moving a foot and it hasn't worked.
Dear Herb. I had a severe stroke 7 years ago. Left i n a fog of confusion for a few years.It's a lonely place. Believe that your sister does indeed hear and understand, but probably feels very confused, frustrated and scared. Imagine the physical trauma and bruising to the brain, apart from the shock sister feels at finding herself this way. It will take time to settle down. She'll need to relearn how to do things. Take courage, it's early days! Treat her with love, respect and consideration - which I imagine you are doing already - and also as the intelligent human being she is. She's in a very lonely place, fighting her way back. Your support will mean everything to her. Encourage her without nagging or shouting, to do whatever little thing she can or wants. Be patient.Stay on top of her medication and rehabilitation programme. Question and question doctors, physios and any treatment. Check out alternative therapies /medicines/acupuncture etc. There aren't any tricks to use, but being patient,relaxed and open and receptive to tuning in with your sister may help you both find a way to communicate.. : Kind regards from Linda
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