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A Hug Always Helps

There are times during the recover of a stroke, brain injury and aphasia you feel isolated.  A quiet hug can lift our spirits and help us feel better.  I remember sitting on the couch with my mother, suffering from cancer, holding hands, without conversation, just that human touch that says I understand and I love you.  Survivors of a stroke, brain injury and  the frustration of aphasia –  sometimes just need a HUG.

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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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Ingnorant Behavior

I attended an event recently. This lovely young lady came to me and we began talking about the day’s events.  I noticed she kept looking over to several young men who were smiling and definitely had an agenda.  Finally she asked me “Why do you use your hand? Are you retarded too?”  My response was ” you are not retarded, you are an  intelligent, and articulate young  lady,”  Her response was she had down syndrome and the young men wanted to know what your problem was and if you were retarded?  “No, we do not use that word and they must be ignorant and drunk.” Using my coping skill I ignored the epitome of ignorance and avoided an upsetting conversation.

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder which occurs in one out of eight hundred births. Basically it is the 21st gene that has been extra genetic material attached to it which causes physical  and intellectual development (Down Syndrome Association).  Down syndrome  children and parents have made great strides, they are increasingly integrating  into society;mainstream classrooms; working and ordinary activities like everyone participate in during their life.

The courage,  patience, and emotional rollercoaster ride of their parents is beyond believe. It made my stroke/aphasia feel like pebble on the road of life.  Some people forget we are all in this world together and need to accept differences.

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Relaxing and Regenerating

Relaxing and Regenerating.

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Relaxing and Regenerating

Stress can cause many problems for people especially stroke survivors.  The past eight months have been very stressful and recently it has effected my aphasia and other stroke related issues.  As my aphasia became worse I decided it was time to take a break and take care of  myself.  When this happens it is your body telling you to stop what you are doing and find a place to relax and de-stress.  I am spending my time at my favorite place in Maine.  The minute I walked in I could feel myself relax. After several days I feel better, not stressed and rejuvenated.   If you are under a lot of stress – Please find time for yourself to relax – travel to a place that makes you happy, attend a movie or go to a dinner and a play or just meet with your friends for a quiet night and chit-chat.   It will do you the world of good and avoid any medical issues.  Remember you only have one body so take good care of it!

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Aphasia Awareness is My Passion

Aphasia Awareness is my passion. “Sharing experiences Knowledge is Power” my radio show on TOGINET [Thursdays @ 11am EST] allows me to connect with millions of people and I am grateful for the opportunity. Aphasia is a very difficult and frustrating condition. Last week I spoke about the symptoms of a stroke, the differences between the right and left side of the brain and diminished abilities after a stroke.  Also I spoke about Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.
Exciting News I am in talks to develop a device to help speaking easier.

Aphasia Awareness

 

 

 

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Life has been interesting.  I was entering my doctor’s office for a follow-up appointment in February, as I entered the building I had a CVA (stroke) along with fracturing my left shoulder, two  fractures  in my upper and lower arm and a broken wrist,   The left side of my face was a mess. After 25 days in The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation Center and at home rehabilitation I am doing well.  The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation is wonderful.  Good news is that I am returning to doing presentation.

I am so excited and happy  –  As of Thursday, September 25, I will be hosting a radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11am EST.  “Sharing Experiences – Knowledge is Power.”  The show will discuss; stroke prevention, strokes, aphasia, special education, family reactions, what to expect  and coping skills. Also  caregiving and the nocuous effects of stress. Please call in with any questions or comments you any have 1-877-864-4869  I would love to hear from you – our discussion could help others.

My speaking engagements include:  Lowell General Hospital Stroke Support Group Dinner, Lowell, MA  on Thursday Oct.2 at 6pm.   Other speaking engagements are in the works – just working out the dates and time.

“Finding My Voice With Aphasia” is doing well and the reviews have been pretty good.  Thank you.

Have a great day, stay healthy and stay safe!

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September 22, 2014 · 7:04 pm