Stroke causes brain damage. The extent of the injury depends on the type and the severity of the brain attack. In any case stroke recovery is hard – for stroke victims and for their relatives and close friends.
If you are living with someone who suffered from stroke , you should be prepared for the recovery process. First of all speak to the doctor to learn what the damages are. Some mild strokes don’t leave severe damages and thus the recovery is not that difficult. Unfortunately in most of the cases the damages are serious and the recovery process is much longer. In some cases full recovery is not even possible.
Once you have spoken with the doctor you will be prepared for helping your dear one to recover from the brain attack. You will have to cope with his physical disabilities – in some cases the stroke victim may be paralyzed or suffer vision disability or experience difficulties to speak. In the worst cases the stroke victim is unable to recognize familiar faces and is completely disorientated.
Being close to someone suffered from a stroke will make you face a lot more that the physical damage to his or hers body. Stroke survivors usually suffer from post-stroke psychological problems as well. Many stroke victims develop depressions, have anxiety attacks and find the adaptation to the after stroke life very difficult. Some have difficulties to express their emotions and other cannot express emotions at all.
You should arm yourself with a lot of patience and try to provide as much support as possible. The rehabilitation process will be long and if you decide to be part of it you better do it right. Do not stop believing that the person you love will recover and keep saying this to him. Stroke victims usually loose believe in life and need to be reassured that everything will be OK. In some occasions a stroke may lead to relationship problems so you better be prepared and react accordingly. Since you know what the reasons are you should skip the things that normally would piss you off. Seek help and appoint visits to a behavioral therapist to help your loved one recover quickly.
Remember that even after a stroke recovery your role is not over. A stroke victim should maintain a very healthy lifestyle in order to prevent future brain attacks. Keep an eye on him or her and make sure the rules set by the doctors are followed. Try to help by setting up healthier environment and if required by changing your own lifestyle.