Monthly Archives: February 2015

Careful and Wise Suggestions for Winter

  Just a friendly reminder to be careful with new medications.  New medications can take as long as six weeks before a reaction can occur. These reactions can be dangerous; causing fainting; severe dehydration; heart palpitations; fatigue and change in vision.  If these or any other changes occur while on the new medication call your doctor or 911 to receive the appropriate care.

This winter has been hard on everyone, especially the snow and ice. We need to be careful, very careful.  Some suggestions to stay save:

  • Ask for help or hire someone to plow or shovel the snow  – you may feel good BUT these can be dangerous resulting in a fall or a heart attack.
  • Call your Town Hall for any assistance you made need – heating, electricity, a senior center to stay warm.  Ask them to check your carbon monoxide system is working properly.  Be careful with the first smell of gas – go to your neighbor and call 911.
  • Ask your neighbor, when they go to the store, to pick up a few things you need.  If you are computer friendly consider ordering on-line with delivery.
  • Make sure you have all the medicines you need.  If you run out – call the pharmacy and have a friend get them for you.  You may be in your  home for a few days .  Stay busy with hobbies, cooking or anything you enjoy this will help deal with Cabin Fever and avoid depression.
  • MOST IMPORTANT KEEP YOUR MEDICATION AND APHASIA CARD WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES !

Stay Safe,  Keep Warm,  and God Bless!

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Snow Storms – Reminder for stoke survivors

SNOW, SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!   FRUSTRATION, FRUSTRATION, FRUSTRATION!  CABIN FEVER,  FEELING ISOLATED AND ANXIOUS. Most people have these feelings especially stroke survivors and people with aphasia. Most aphasiacs  have trouble speaking on the phone when nervous  or upset which can make these feelings exasperated.

Stop, slow down and go back to the basics.   What to do to feel better?

1. Call your neighbor and invite them to your home for a cup of tea and help with anything you need done.  Trust me they will be glad to help and will feel better about themselves.  This is important especially for medications. Be sure you have enough for four or five days.

2. Be sure to wear your medical alert device.

3. Use the coping skills you learned in rehabilitation.

4. If you need some groceries ask your neighbor to pick them up for you or if you can use the computer order online for delivery I do this frequently – they will bring the food into your home – usually kitchen table..

5.  Do not attempt to shovel or walk on the snow and ice alone, ask the person driving to help you. Your walking device can be dangerous in the snow.

6.  Watch television, a DVD, knit mittens for your family, crochet a small chair throw, as a gift for your neighbor. My favorite is to work on word puzzles.

7.  Read a good book  “Finding My Voice with Aphasia”, ” The Unbroken” or a whatever genre you enjoy.

8. Most importantly stay safe but if you are not feeling well or unusual call 911

Remember safety first, take care of yourself and ask for help

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A Tribute To Stroke Survivor

He stood 6 feet 6 inches tall  but was a gentle man.  He came from Ireland in the 1940’s  yet he  fought  for the United States during the war. He married and had ten children.  He worked hard, ten to fourteen hours a day to feed his family and  to  put his children through school and college.  Yet, he never complained “No one would listen anyway” he would say.  “You do what you have to do and that’s all  you can do” was his favorite expression. He was married over sixty years to a woman with a heart of gold and the strength to bring up their ten children together. Through the years he worked long hours and he and his wife watched his children grow and marry. Their home was filled with happiness and love.   Suddenly it all came to a stop – the gentle giant had a massive stroke on his left side.  Therapy was extensive and gave him hope.  When another stroke survivor called him, his response was ‘welcome to the club  girl and don’t let it get you down just work hard and never give up.’  As the years passed he became weaker. We lost the gentle, hard working father and friend  this week after a nine-year struggle with his stroke.  He was 93 years old and fought everyday to salvage his body from his stroke.

 ‘ just work hard and never give up.’

   Love you

 

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