Episode notes: Today Ruth addresses the world that surrounds us and the challenges we face and the options we have that we don’t always see.
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... If you are anything like me then you might have questioned why the world didn’t stop the moment you had your stroke?! I mean I had that thought... after all I wasn’t around... in fact I was in a drug induced coma, quietly suffering a secondary stroke while everyone watched.
When I did start to fight a week later and it was determined to bring me out of my drug induced coma and off the respirator ... I had already surpassed their expectations. You see my husband was told I’d die within the first 24 hours. So as far as they were concerned, by living I had already come as far as I could and anything else was icing on the cake. Guess they should have told me because from day one I didn’t play by their rules.
Having been trained as a nurse, paramedic, and clinic manager in a large regional hospital I was not intimidated by “rules”.... I knew them too well. I also knew the education and expertise that those responsible for me and had my own ideas!
I spent just over one month in the hospital and then signed myself out against medical advice. You see their plan didn’t match mine and unlike most people I took charge and responsibility of my health, healing and recovery. Now my husband was, well let’s just say... not a willing participant at first. I remember sharing with him my intentions and it was met with him saying he wasn’t sure he could care for me at home! Talk about a blow to the ego! After a night of tears I informed him I was coming home anyway!
The trip home was definitely educational and informative... I had to spend the entire hour in the car clenching my eyes closed because even a glimpse of my surroundings while riding made my stomach lurch! When we finally arrived home I was greeted with 6 steps to our front door that I had forgotten about. As I held the railing and pulled... my husband half pushed a dragged me up those stairs and finally we had made it.
As with any stroke survivor my first stop was the bathroom. We had stopped at a medical supply store and picked up a wheelchair for all movement within the house. After the bathroom...it was nap time and the traveling had exhausted me! Now that we were home I can honestly say that I was thrilled and afraid all at the same time. Home... and it’s familiarity were a dose of positivity that was overdue. But the realities of life were about to hit hard.
We visited my personal physician that afternoon and got an order to visit the outpatient rehab facility the next day. The next days visit to rehab was a dose of reality and I came away with a few key thoughts:
I didn’t understand what I now embrace, their idea was rehabilitation along the lines that their protocols dictated. Occupational, speech, and physical therapy and not necessarily in that order. The number of visits were predetermined by insurance coverage and they had an outline that they followed religiously.
I have since learned that rehabilitation can only properly happen as the body and our neurological data pathways heal. Too often I was pushed to do something that failed miserably and left a lasting negative impression. I was right about being responsible for my own healing and progress but I had no idea what would be required...
Well it’s time to close for this week...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 next week as I continue the story!
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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