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Posted by Cliff Ouder on March 18, 2000 at 17:58:28:

In Reply to: Re: Thanks for the reply posted by Nancy on March 03, 2000 at 10:14:43:

Hi Sue, My name is Cliff and 61 yrs old. I had a stroke two yrs ago. It occurs during an appointment to begin hospitalization for heart transplantation. Fortunately it did not take long to beginning on the brain aneurism causing my stroke. Between the stroke and the heart transplant problems kept me in a hospital bed for 100 days.

The heart transplant was a "snap." But, I still work at overcoming the damage with
language, mathematics, memory attention, and unbalance and weak muscles and difficult
determine how to perceive distance from steps and curves, etc. I also had fine motor with my hands. For a long time I was in able to hold a cup or glass without using two hands.

I retired from my position as a school district administrator. I also was part-time at university and put on inactive should I be able to return from illness.

I cannot tell you how many times I fell and unable to get up without help --and could not speak
enough to ask for help. My wife insisted that the doctors provide Physical Therapy and Speech\Language services beginning immediately, She also began to label every item in the room to help me speak correctly. When I was sent home, home-based therapy continued. Later, when I was able to leave the house, I was sent to a Rehabilitation Center for more intense therapy.

I still working on leg strength and still have sometime with word recall. The good news is that after 19 months of therapy I have returned to my part-time university job. My job required that I work with statistics, and editing with student working on a Doctorate study. The legs and arms are working well enough to allow me to drive, mow the yard, repair around the house, and other"honey-do's."

I could go on and on about my stroke (funny & frustration) but the most important I can tell you Is support from your families and constantly make the stroke patient feel they can do to overcome the obstacles. Don't allow in the bed or sofa during the day unless absolutely require by the physician. Instead work on therapeutically exercises. The worse enemy to a stroke is the feeling that "I cannot do it any better, so I should just quit."

Good Bless and remember: "Look to the prize."

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