Good for you. I thought typing was good therapy as well. The feeling and coordination in my fingers was the last to come back. My balance was off for nearly a year as the collateral flow developed around the blocked portion of my vertebral artery, so don't rush it.
I would say the most difficult part of the recovery has been changing my diet so I can lose weight. Three years later and I still weigh about the same. According to all the charts and measures, I'm 40 pounds overweight. Blood pressures, etc. is all good, but I know I need to do better at the eating.View Thread
Lots of stuff going on. From your post it's difficult from any distance...it sounds like he's still in the hospital.
Do stroke symptoms get worse over time? I don't know about the general case, but in my case they did not. The paralysis in my face and limbs progressively eased, however, in the first few days I'm sure I looked and acted like #$ll, so it's difficult to say how rapidly I got better.
Is the hospital looking in the right place for a stroke? Since you say they want to operate, then I'll assume that he has a partial or complete blockage of a coratid artery. Logically, if this artery is the problem that would seem to be the place to start with respect to the stroke, etc. You might ask the neurologist what should be done after clearing the coratid.
You should ask his neurologist if your husband's had another stroke. I was examined twice daily by a neurologist for stroke-related symptoms while in the hospital. After I got out of the ER and was tucked snuggly in my bed for the night in ICU I had a second stroke. I don't know what I looked like, but I have to say that it must have been pretty apparent I was having a stroke the way everyone started running around.
Best of luck and I hope your husband recovers.View Thread
Being devastated and overwhelmed is standard, so don't feel like you're doing anything incorrect. Keep asking questions and stay updated on your mother's condition. Check to see if the hospital or care unit has a stroke or heart attack support person or group. That may help you with the particular place she's at.
I wouldn't be too critical with the speech therapists at this stage. You may be more in tune with your mother's voice inflections and expressions and therefore might get more understanding than a relative stranger. Keep working at it. You might ask them to share with you their assessment of her speach progress since the stroke, then mention to them that you'd like to do this again in a couple weeks to see what progress is being made.
Sleeping was one of my main "activities" after my stroke. I mentioned this to my doctor and he reminded me that not only my brain, but the rest of my body had just undergone a substantial trauma and it needs more than its normal rest to recover.View Thread
My stroke affected my right side, so I pretty much sleep on my left. For me, my right side "tingled" all the time, like when you hit your funny bone, so laying on my right side was definitely uncomfortable. The tingling has subsided substantially over 3 years.View Thread
I had vertigo for about a year after my stroke. It came on when I was active, walking mostly, and was unrelated to that head rush you'd normally get when you stand up quickly. I had an ischemic stroke that has blocked my right vertebral artery. According to my neurologist, the dizziness is due to part of my brain not receiving enough blood. With time and increased exercise, the body develops collatoral flow around the blockage. This reduces the vertigo, eventually eliminating it. The best thing I did was to keep a log of when I had the vertigo. To make it easy on myself, I created a scale (0-5). 0= no vertigo for the day. 5=more than 1 episode; lasting more than 30 seconds each; had to sit or stop to regain equilibrium. By keeping the log I was able to better inform my doctor and also see that I was progressively getting better or you might find it's related to a specific activity (i.e., time since last meal). I just had a small spiral notebook and pen in my back pocket.View Thread
It's good to have faith that you'll recover, but my suggestion is that you think of stroke recovery as your new occupation and work diligently at elimating the risk factors you may have for stroke. Eliminate the primary risks (smoking, high blood pressure, weight), but be aware of the secondary risks as well (chronic gum diease, exposure to exhaust). For me, the internet is only a first step. I spent (and spend) a lot of time at the library. Find a competent neurologist because I think that most information out there says that you're now at greater risk for a substantial stroke than if you didn't have the TIA. A doctor is the best person to tell you what to expect. Also, check in your area for stroke support groups - most major hospitals have them. Talking about what you're feeling helps, like lowering your blood pressure.View Thread
It sounds like your boyfriend needs to see a doctor. I've eaten a lot of sweets before, but it's never caused me to go blind and not be able to stand. Maybe you can do a library search for some case studies that describe these symptoms.
In the big picture of things, neither you, me or he knows what happened to him. Except that we can all probably agree that it doesn't sound normal for a 25 year old healthy person.
Let's assume for a moment you're right and it's something to do with blood sugar - if that's the case, then it seems rational that he'd want a doctor to help him control this condition.
On the other hand, let's go to the other extreme and assume that he had a TIA or "mini stroke". For me, the TIA was followed by a major stroke about 24 hours later. I share his dislike of doctors, waiting rooms, etc., but all I can tell you and your boyfriend is: Don't be as stupid as I was, go see a doctor now. I was lucky, I had a stroke around people who knew what to do.
Show your boyfriend the Stoke Awareness Foundation site http://www.strokeinfo.org/ . Here are the warning signs of stroke and the advice:
WALK (Is your balance off?) TALK (Is your speech slurred or face droopy?) REACH (Is your vision all or partly lost?) FEEL (Is your headache severe?) If you recognize any of these signs — even if they go away — call 9-1-1 immediately and tell the operator, paramedics, or emergency room staff, "I think this is a stroke."
Bonnie has a point - if you're having trouble with your sinuses you should get it checked out by your doctor. For me, nearly constant post-nasal drip contributed to sleep apnea, which is associated with stroke. The fix may be something as simple as a nasal spray - but ask your doctor to make sure you don't take something that reacts adversely with any other medications you may be taking. Good luck.View Thread
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