Welcome back to the “Healthy Life” podcast. Today I want to shift to a topic that was brought up on Facebook. A family member was talking about a relative that suffered a stroke and how devastating it was. I don’t have all the details but I can imagine. Seeing someone who used to be strong is in its self heartbreaking. But don’t stop there... don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the emotion and abandon all else. Sure, acknowledge it, not just for yourself... talk to the stroke survivor too. Let them know that you are committed to helping them restore their health and body. Never say never! I know your approached by many to just be content... hogwash! Fight! I was 2 years away from death.... oh that was 14 years ago! No one knows what tomorrow holds but as long as God gives us life... then I say it’s up to us to live, not simply exist.
To many it’s easy to throw someone else’s life away and think it’s the “kind” thing to do. But as a stroke survivor you don’t know how powerful the thoughts, prayers, and words of others are. Be real... not condescending... honest and supportive. The stroke survivor needs your strength and belief right now because they doubt everything! After all they just got their life, hopes and dreams thrown in their face. Now is the time to go to work at restoration,
I advise all stroke survivors to get ahold of a dry luffa sponge and gently rub it or have it rubbed on The effected area for 10 minutes everyday. Not scrubbed so the area is inflamed... but gently rubbed to promote stimulation and connections... that means arms, face, torso, legs etc. The stroke was in the brain and the connections have been screwed up and we need to retain them, remind the brain, and strengthen them. Regardless of how you “feel” it’s important that we, as stroke survivors, are loved and stimulated every day... to do anything else is condemning someone to a slow death.... remember the babies in the orphanage not given touch and love?
Exercises and movement at this point need to be consistent, involved, and assisted.... not necessarily intense and difficult. Simple exercises like rolling, helping with sit ups... or 45 degree proper sit ups at this point are great. But structured, planned activities are critical. Facial movement exercise is great... not always easy but simple and non stressful. Brushing hair and brushing teeth, gums and mouth are stimulating. Involvement of the effected side is critical. Do not abandon it... use it, involve it, work it with range of motion exercises. Ask others how these are done... we hope to have videos available soon on YouTube. Teach others. Most people want to help and just don’t know how to.
For those who struggle with aphasia... call a retired teacher (elementary teachers are the best) to help...these folks are saints and phenomenal at motivating. Recite word lists, involve the brain... get out and get some sun... don’t stay cooped up inside. Trust me I know how easy it is to “park” yourself but do not succumb to that temptation.
I mention again we are working on a free app that will help stroke survivors and caregivers, friends and family to be accountable and successful. If you want to be notified of its release follow the stroke.global page on Facebook or our website stroke.global. We are trying to make it simple and comprehensive!
As a family member do not under estimate your importance... you are special and many times are the only effective advocate. Be there and be vocal!Well that’s all the time we have for today ... thanks so much for joining me, and remember be willing to stretch and grow ... please feel free to leave me a message at stroke.global or on Facebook @stroke.global.
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