Episode notes: Today Ruth talks about the challenge that we often have with breath control and aphasia and stroke.
Ruth is a stroke survivor sharing tips and advice for rehab, recovery and healthy living including nutrition, exercises, personal care, healing and maintaining a grateful attitude. She can be found online at http://stroke.global were she offers help to stroke survivors and caregivers.
Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast... as someone who suffered a severe stroke, battled with breathing issues, aphasia, and speaking problems I thought I’d give you a little if not a lot of hope. The stroke can cause many issues that can create and/or multiply other health issues. Many times in order to reduce blood pressure issues, physicians can go a little over board and not realize or pay attention to things that they are putting into a state of imbalance.
My doctor was well meaning but had me on a combination of drugs that lowered my BP and made it appear that I was doing great. But in so doing he created a fluid imbalance and dehydrated me to a point I dropped 40 lbs of water weight in 2 weeks and became so severely dehydrated that I required eye drops, needed moisture swabs and salve for my lips, was unable to utter anything but raspy sounds, drank incessantly yet still suffered from severe constipation, bordering on an intestinal compaction and blockage.
As a result I will be the first to state that “Stroke” needs to be evaluated and treated carefully, taking in to account the function of the entire body. It took months to become rehydrated and stabilized from that inappropriate treatment. Had I been more aware of my medical situation and been more mentally capable I would have argued sooner. The fact is that most people take the advice of the physician assigned to them and don’t argue or question treatments or medications. My husband did just that!
It was weeks before I was aware enough and could get my concerns conveyed to the nursing staff that things began to change. As I said earlier in a past podcast I signed myself out and re-assessed my medications with my general practitioner who knew me better.
Please keep in mind that lab tests taken in the hospital or clinic are simply pictures in time and they can change and vary with a variety and numbers of factors and need to be treated cautiously. One other thing that you should be aware of is that the spoken word and singing are managed in different areas of the brain and often one is effected leaving the other area untouched or unaffected.
Now breathing and breath are critical and after suffering a severe stroke it can be greatly affected leaving you short of breath.... Breathing or attempting to speak incorrectly. When I was young I had about 10 years of professional singing instruction and as a result use many of the vocal exercises and techniques to overcome speaking and breathing issues.
Some of the techniques are:
Well it’s time to close for today...Thanks so much for joining me and remember to visit the stroke.global ( “onlinerehabilitation.org” ) web site often and give us your feedback! I also hope you’ll join me tomorrow...
As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing with you today.... thank you! I pray that you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day... we are on iTunes, Spreaker, & Google Play and have links on our stroke.global page... please subscribe it boosts us in the ratings and helps us rise in the ranks so we can continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
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