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Re: how long to recover balance and mobility??

Re: how long to recover balance and mobility??

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Posted by Peter on February 27, 2000 at 00:02:45:

In Reply to: how long to recover balance and mobility?? posted by Sue on February 26, 2000 at 00:00:51:

: A close family member of mine had what was deemed a "moderate sroke" 2 months ago. The doctors seemed to expect a promising recovery but so far, little improvement has been shown. He is in intense physical therapy. He still cannot sit up easily because of problems with balance. He still cannot stand without LOTS of assistance. He can take only a few steps with a walker and that is with lots of assistance also. His strength seems to vary tremendously from day to day. Has anyone else been this disabled by a stroke and recovered enough to be able to get up and around and be able to walk (even with a walker)?? I would really appreciate hearing from anyone with information
: similar to this.
: Sue

Hi Sue,

My name is Peter Brown, 44 years old, and I am recovering from a serious stroke. In medical terms a Bilateral Cerebellar Infarts. This stroke is in the back of the head and affects both the brain stem (cordination of eye movements, maintaining balance, and regulating resperation and blood pressure) and cerebellum (responsible for coordination of movement and balance). I spent 10-11 days in intensive care after an operation to relieve pressure as part of 4 weeks in an acute hospital. I was then moved to a rehabilitation hospital for a futher 5 weeks. When I arrrived at this hospital I required two nurses to move/assist me from the bed to a chair. On discharge 5 weeks later I was independant. It is now 6 months later and I am starting back at work part time. My disability is diplopia (double vision) and this is coming good.
I hope this will give you some support as strokes will affect different people different ways and while some recover quickly with little effect others will take time. Be patient and understanding.
I have found a book in the HEALTH.BOOKS series to be a bennefit. This is approx a 60 page book titled STROKE - Survival Guide by Leila Henderson it covers - in hospital and after - recovery and retraining - help and advice for carers.
If you want the book in Australia a contact number is 61 2 9361 5244 and New Zealand a contact number is (09) 443 0250

Peter.


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