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Re: Stroke Recovery Questions

Re: Stroke Recovery Questions

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Posted by Peter Brown on May 11, 2000 at 07:26:42:

In Reply to: Stroke Recovery Questions posted by Sue on May 06, 2000 at 16:10:28:

: I have a close family member who had a stroke in January. The rehab process has been very slow and has almost come to a stand still. He has good days and bad days. Some days, he can go to therapy and walk with assistance. On the bad days, he can't even push himself up out of his wheelchair. In addition, he seems to be unaware of his disabilities - like he is blocking them out. He seems to think that he can get up and do anything that he could before the stroke. He can't, of course. Has anyone else had any experience with something like this? I would appreciate any comments on this. Thanks.
: Sue

Hi Sue,

I think that I can relate to your queries. I suffered a severe stroke back on the 26/8/99. I posted 'My Stroke' back on the 3/19/00 and it gives you what I have been through. In the early days whilst I was told that I had had a stroke it did not register with me. There was things that I thought I could do but couldn't. They came back with therapy. It wasn't that I was blocking them out I didn't have the physical and mental capability of doing most things.

As an example, I was addmitted to hospital as an outpatient. I was operated on on the next day. When I woke up I was told that I was in intensive care, I thought that was OK as I had come to hospital yesterday, however that was 6 days previous. I was aware of all sorts of leads and tubes over me. The nurses kept tweaking machine(s) on the wall behind me. It was not until 3 or 4 weeks later that it registerd that they were the life support machine(s) that I had been hooked up to.

Rehab will be different from one person to the next, whilst I achieved relatively quicky, others will be painfully slow. The trick is persistance and persaverance with care and understanding from carers as the victim can't often do what they used to be able to do.

You didn't mention your family members age, but that can also affect a persons capability to recovery. I am only 44.


With God's help, I wish you all the best.

Peter pbrown_aus@hotmail.com




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