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