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Re: any advice will be appreciated

Re: any advice will be appreciated

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Posted by Sandy2 on October 23, 2000 at 10:48:13:

In Reply to: any advice will be appreciated posted by Tracy Dau on October 21, 2000 at 18:04:37:

My fiance had a stroke in July. He is currently suffering from paralysis in the left arm and somewhat his left leg.

He is now walking 200 feet with a straight cane and up 6 flights of stairs at therapy.

Everyday it is a battle for him. Everyday I give him pep talks and daily encouragement that this is not a 'life sentence to a wheelchair'. That he will walk again - he is walking already!

In July he went in for a minor shoulder operation and stroked the next day. He ended up undergoing a craniotomy to relieve the pressure on the brain. (a craniotomy is when a neurosurgeon removes an area of the skull and in his case was placed in his abdomen for 2 months to incubate and replaced a month ago)

His stroke was massive. He's only 42. His recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. I believe it's due to a whole lot of support, incredible doctors and his extrodinary strength to want to get better.

He was given therapy from day one in the hospital. From the beginning therapists just kept him moving - whether that meant he had 4 therapists making him walk or just me exercising his limbs as he slept.

My advice is to keep him moving! Whether it's therapists or family members. And keep him involved in daily life. (We went to the zoo over the weekend) I even had a nurse take him out in a cardio chair for some fresh air when he was in the ICU for 3 weeks. Bring home cooked food from home if he's eating a 'general' diet.

The point is, make it worthwhile for that person to want to get better. I'd also recommend an antidepressent. One more thing, ask a doctor to set up a meeting with a stroke survivor to talk with. Good luck to you.


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