Episode notes: Today Ruth talks about the challenges that stroke survivors who suffer from neglect deal with. Her she offers mental exercises that can help and make a difference.
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... One of the things I’ve noticed being brought up is how to deal with the issue of neglect... right or left sided neglect. The first question is not “give me the in depth medical details regarding this”... it’s how can I function and make it better.
Those individuals who suffer from neglect either see half of something in front of them or forget that one side exists. It can cause all kinds of challenges from eating and mobility to thinking. So how can we deal with it?
Experts will tell you the most effective treatments include visual scanning but that results are poor and more research and study is needed. While that sounds good and probably succeeds in satisfying those who are only inquiring for academic reasons... those who are suffering are not helped in the least.
I don’t know about you but when the doctors start reciting statistics our pause and then start with “well... we could try”. They’ve lost me and typically my respect as well. I’d much prefer they just came out and said... I don’t know but I’m willing to work with you to find an answer.
The fact remains in most types of rehabilitation the doctor or therapist is just a very expensive coach that is genuinely happy to work with you as long as you or your insurance is paying. I don’t know many who give freely of their time and knowledge to help you for free. Unfortunately the stroke often impacts and limits our income and what we can afford regarding restoring our bodies. So let’s get down to brass tacks... you are on your own... unless you have a spouse, significant other, or friend who is willing to help.
Neglect is a significant challenge that can be helped and ultimately overcome but you must realize it is typically more neurological and not physical in nature. This means it’s harder to treat.... you will hear something repeatedly from me.... simple but not easy! This means consistency and dedication and and enduring optimistic attitude of “I can!”
Start by determining an area that you can use in your house for this mental/visual workout. You will need access to a table, whether it’s a coffee table or kitchen table... it must be free of things on it. Your tools for this exercise will be a book, a magazine, a plate, a spoon and a small hand towel. Start by warming up with a few slow head rotations. Remember...your head turns and moves!
Repeat this exercise 3 more times using the plate, book and magazine
Repeat the 2nd exercise ‘this time with the book on top of the magazine.
Now do the same with the book and magazine...
You have to realize that a good portion of the work you are doing is retraining your brain and re-stimulating data flow. This will take time and diligence but as someone who has overcome neglect...you can do it! One thing that will help speed data flow is the luffa stimulation rub. I’ll link to it.
Well...Thanks so much for joining me as we learned more about neglect and exercises to overcome it....... Remember to visit the stroke.global web site often and give us feedback!... I also hope you’ll join us next week! As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing 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 and Google Play and have links to both on our stroke.global page... please subscribe it boosts us in the ratings and helps us in being able to continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
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And thank you again for listening... Please feel free to share this podcast with others, offer your feedback and questions, and follow us online at our website stroke.global or on our Facebook page. Well... I look forward to learning more with you next week... as we continue our adventure ...with neglect...