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Re: Caregivers of Stroke Victims

Re: Caregivers of Stroke Victims

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Posted by Sandy on October 06, 2000 at 19:18:10:

In Reply to: Caregivers of Stroke Victims posted by Catherine Voss on October 02, 2000 at 18:16:53:

: Hello...My name is Cathie Voss...My husband had a stroke on 8/3/00 believed to be caused by high blood
: pressure/blocked heart valve. He was also diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on 7/2/99. He was in the hospita
: for 2 weeks and in rehab from 8/16 to 9/21. He came
: home unable to walk and incontinent. We are self-employed and our social printing store was closed for
: six weeks. I am feeling extremely overwhelmed! And that's putting it mildly. His personality is different, he's depressed (and so am I) and is basically non-verbal. Does anyone have any suggestions? I feel he was released to soon. Also as
: a caregiver I don't feel I had enough training before
: he came home.
: Hope to hear from you.
: Cathie
: San Dimas, California

Hi Cathy, I, too, am the wife of a stroke survivor. It is on-the-job training you will continue to get. No doubt by this time you are seeing improvements and will continue to as he has time to heal. It is very hard and you will need to talk to friends and loved ones about the situation that you are in. Allow yourself to be upset but make yourself keep smiling for YOU and for your husband. Drs. may tell you that there is limited time for recovery; don't listen. As Larry said, recovery (however big or small)continues to come and is so appreciated! You two are not alone; there are many stroke survivors and caregivers -- just do alot of talking and praying! It's hard, but you'll do fine.

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