Although the world as you know it seems to have come to an end, after a stroke, do not give up! Whatever you achieve your normal abilities is large up to you. It may be a fight, but any ability you can regain will be a big victory. Following this brain injury illness, you may simply have weakness on one side of the body or the other. Alternately, you may need to relearn even the most basic of skills. You might need to regain the power of speech or remember how to put one foot in front of the other.
In truth, many of the skills that you rediscover will be greatly due to your personal perseverance. You loved ones will be the best cheerleaders on the planet; but, you have to want to get better, even if it means hard work. For example, you may need:
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Each type of therapy will target different areas of the brain and the body that has been injured by the stroke. Many people have to relearn how to speak again after a stroke. It means that the brain will have to relearn how to talk. Maybe different muscles will have to take on a new job, so you can talk again.
Occupational therapy is generally designed to help you regain the finer motor skills. For example, you might have to rediscover how to comb your hair, brush your teeth, or button your shirt. But, with any ability that is restored to you, it is a remarkable victory and a testament to the power of your spirit.
Finally, physical therapy will probably be necessary to help your larger muscles remember what to do. During the process, it will also prevent your inactive muscles from atrophying. It is up to you to teach your brain how to control your body again. No, it will not be easy, but it will be worth it not to give up!
What if. . .
What if you never regain 100% of your former abilities? What next? Well, you make allowances for your disability, and implement any devices or equipment to make your life that much easier. For example, maybe you will never be able to walk steadily again, even if you manage to leave the wheelchair behind. Then, you will need to find a good cane, pair of crutches , or a walker that will help you keep your balance. Do not risk further injury by a nasty fall.
In addition, make sure the bathroom is a safer place. Even under the best of circumstances, it is simply too easy to slip in the tub or shower. You do not want to rattle your brain any further with a nasty goose egg or worse.
In short, it is so important not to give up. Sure, there will be days of total depreciation and frustration. But, when the therapies seem too hard and you want to throw in the proverbial towel, look back to how far you have come back from a devastating and often deadly illness.