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Posted by Ringo on February 29, 2000 at 07:50:24:

In Reply to: MOM- STROKE/APHASIA posted by VICKI on February 28, 2000 at 21:02:14:

I am suffering what you are suffering now. My mother had a stroke twenty years ago and is paralysed on her left. She had been in hospital for about two months after the stroke in early 80's. Although she is better off now, she can only walk for a very short distance and suffer from other condition. We look after her at home. You and me love our mothers, but there is not much we can do. Worse still, we can not tell our mother or friends how painful we are mainly because we don't want them to worry about us. I am glad to know you in this cyber world as we know that we are not alone.
Ringo Cheng in Hong Kong

: My now 72 year old mother had a left side brain stroke in August of 1998. Cannot speak (can speak - just no words that make sense),
: cannot write, cannot read.

: I am so frustrated - I do not know what to do. She is in a nursing home, indicates a lot of pain, lately indicates her stomach is bad - can't swallow good, etc. She has been crying and indicating
: more pain lately than before.

: She is in a nursing home and the staff indicate she does okay until family comes around - lately she has been real bad when any of
: the family is around - cries a lot, etc. She seemed to have gotten over this for a while, but is bad again.

: PLEASE - would love a response from family members experiencing anything similar. My aunt and
: sisters (relationship with sisters exists only to communicate if absolutely necessary re: mom) always
: want something more done than is being done --- I am the one left to deal with things, it seems, and don't
: know what to do.

: Is my mother's reaction "normal" Anyone else experiencing this?

: Mom's mind is good - which almost makes it worse - she understands and wants to express herself, but she can't, I cannot fathom how frustrating this has to be to her.

: I want to do everything I can to help her - but are more tests, etc. necessary, or is this all just part of the "stroke",
: as the nursing home staff indicates?????

: I know strokes mess up the mind - so I am extremely at a loss as to what to do ----

: can anyone advise me?

: Vicki in Nebraska

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