Episode notes: Today Ruth continues her talk about the challenges that stroke survivors who suffer from neglect deal with. Her she offers mental and physical 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...Today we’re going to continue with our talk about “neglect”. As I mentioned last week neglect is more of a neurological disorder and requires increasing data flow and retraining the brain. I told you then that it takes time and diligence but it’s worth it!
I’m going to continue to outline more simple mental exercises that can be done to help in the re-training of the brain. As you know... Neglect is a significant challenge that can be helped and ultimately overcome but you must realize it is typically more neurological than physical in nature. This means it’s harder to treat.... but the challenges it throws up at those who suffer are real and seem insurmountable
I know last week we focused on several exercises to re-train the brain and I hope you are continuing with those. This is a “hard to treat condition” and will test your patience and persistence! While continuing with those activities I have several more that I found very helpful in my recovery. Please keep in mind that this is something that others can help with but you will need to be the driving force behind it. As with any undertaking it will require understanding, devotion and guts... as well as time... so let’s get to it...
Set aside time daily to “color” if you can use your effected side fine. But this exercise is more for the mind and retraining the mind and eyes. Get a hold of a children’s beginning coloring book. The more basic the better...Rotate the page as you color, periodically close your eyes and visualize the picture as you go along.
One of the things that I touched on last week that I want to take time to emphasize is how much we must reconstruct paths for data and then retrain the body and brain in the proper translation of that data. Most individuals if not almost all, who suffer with neglect issues, also have difficulty with movement or sensation. The best way to work on data flow is to stimulate it with the luffa stimulation rub I’ve linked to in the show notes. Anything that you can do to remind the brain of connections that need to be revived and re-established in our mental priorities.
You have to understand and embrace the fact that the work you are doing is retraining your brain and re-stimulating data flow. This will take time and effort on your part. As someone who has overcome neglect...i understand the challenges that we face and the intermittent frustration you will endure. You need to have someone who will help you in this... they must understand this challenge... encourage them to listen to these podcasts... reach out to me when you’re frustrated and I’ll help. I understand... been there done that!
It has been over 18 years since I experienced my stroke and I am still improving and uncovering secrets that our bodies hold. I was able to regain a majority of the feeling on my right side after therapy in China but something was still missing and I’ve added a new flavor to my “stimulation” activity. I was taught a long time ago that our body had tree types of “sensors”; pain sensors, pressure sensors, and temperature sensors. Well I started adding handling frozen metal “ice cubes” to my therapy work out. You see I’m not done improving and I’ll continue to enhance experiences to rebuild all those damaged data streams. Sometimes I just want to break down In tears from frustration and sometimes I want to cry for joy over progress finally recognized... today is a happy day!
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 tomorrow! 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, 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 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 tomorrow... as we continue our adventure ...