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  • Biggest struggle with stroke recovery

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    5 posts, 4 voices, 663 views, started Jun 28, 2009

    Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2009 by L. Denise Jackson

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      What is your biggest struggle or challenging in dealing within the whole process of stroke recovery?

      L. Denise

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          Owlmaria wrote Jun 28, 2009
        • Patience!
          For the person who has had a stroke may find (even though they may not be able to communicate how they are feeling) that it will take time & effort, on their part, before they will be able to have a life again. It will not be the same as before & they may become depressed & frustrated and some may become suicidal if unable to cope with their new life. It will depend on the extent of damage caused by the stroke, also the the underlying physical cause of the stroke.
          Prayers are sent your way for strength.



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          Tina Sickinger wrote Jun 29, 2009
        • I found that with my Mother, her whole chemistry changed. Everything about her. Her personality, her taste buds, her sense of smell, just everything. It was like she was not the same person at all anymore. Yes, there were the physical changes as she was left paralyzed on the left side of her body and never recovered from that, but SHE changed and was never the same woman again.

          When Mother had her stroke, I closed up my house and moved in with her and my Dad so that I could take care of her and I knew it would be difficult, but I had no idea just how emotionally taxing it would become. There were, of course, major bouts with depression, but the worst part for me, was the loss of memory. She would take spells where she would forget things. People. Places. Almost as if she had alzheimers. I know she couldn’t help it, but it ripped my heart out when she kicked me out of her house for a two week period once while I was there caring for her. She saw me there cooking and cleaning and paying bills like she used to do (my Dad has no education) and she didn’t know who I was at the time. Just didn’t recognize me and thought I was living there and having an affair with my Dad right under her nose! She kicked me out and I went home and cried my eyes out for two weeks until she remembered me and let come back to take care of them again.
          It’s a hard place to be for both the patient and the family. You have to have a lot of patience and understanding and more than anything, love. I lost my Mother due to complications in Jan ‘08... she made it 4 years and we kept her at home until 3 months before she passed when we had no choice but to put her in a nursing home. That was the hardest thing in the world I’ve ever had to do. I love her and miss her SO MUCH, but she used to pray for GOD to take her home, and he finally answered her prayers and I’m glad he did....she’s finally at peace.



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          L. Denise Jackson wrote Jul 14, 2009
        • Thank you both!  I am going through this with my sister and I wanted to come to a loving place for support and you all have provided that.  I am not sure how I am going to deal with this all but I am having my emotional and mental pieces that I am dealing with as well.  

          This will be in my next posting.



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          Owlmaria wrote Jul 14, 2009
        • Oh Denise, my prayers are with you & your sister & all of her/your family.
          It can be a very trying time as Twinkie told you, but you have decisions you will need to make & don’t be too hard on yourself if you find you feel like you can’t handle it anymore or have a hard time coping with all that it will take for your sisters’ recovery.
          Patience, Love & Hard work on everyone’s part will be key to your family’s getting through this difficult time.
          Love, Blessings & Prayers,   Maria



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