Another moving response from Jill…

A response to a person new to caregiving, trying to figure out what to do while at the same time, grieving what has been lost.

 

I have been the caregiver to my husband for 10 years.In those early years, I regularly reminded myself who he had been before the stroke–vibrant, sharp, fun, funny, successful–all things that the stroke took away from him.It was important for me to remember those things and treat him like that person, not as a victim or an invalid.Even though he was terribly disabled, our interaction was always about working toward a new normal that valued a good man.

One thing that really helped us was setting goals together.Setting goals allowed us to look forward and move forward.Yes, I took care of his needs, but working together on recovery and a useful life was essential. We got excited each day to see what he could do.We did not focus on what we lost.We focused on the new life we were creating.It wasn’t easy.We also had kids at home who needed mom and dad.I like to think one day they will reflect on those years and know what love and commitment really look like.

My husband deserved the best I had to give.In return, he gives his best.I hope you, the team, and your friend can rally and help him create a meaningful life.It isn’t easy but it is worth doing.Good luck.

Exercise key to stroke recovery…who knew?

Source: AAP
US researchers have found a person’s body mass index is not a factor in predicting their level of disability after stroke.
Regular exercise may not always prevent a stroke but it could determine how well a person recovers from one.

A Harvard University study published in journal Neurology found those who exercised “vigorously” three times a week or more prior to a stroke were more likely to be independent after the medical emergency compared to those who were inactive.

“We also found that a person’s body mass index (BMI) was not a factor in predicting their level of disability after stroke,” said lead author Dr Pamela Rist.

Body mass index is a measure of a person’s body fat based on their height and weight. Having too much body fat may be a risk to a person’s health.

For the study, researchers followed more than 18,000 people who were initially stroke-free for an average of 12 years.

Participants were interviewed every other year about their ability to do basic activities and were also asked for their height, weight and whether they participated in vigorous physical activity or exercise.

Vigorous physical activity was defined as participating in sports, heavy housework or a job that required physical labour.

During the study, 1,374 of the participants had a stroke and survived and 479 people had a stroke and died before the next round of interviews.

Of those who did not have a stroke, 45 per cent were physically active, compared to 43 per cent of those who had a stroke and survived.

Among the stroke survivors, those who were physically inactive were 18 per cent less likely to be taking care of their basic activities such as bathing on their own three years after stroke than those who exercised regularly.

They were also 16 per cent less likely to be taking care of more complex activities such as managing money on their own.

“Our study was able to show that being physically inactive before stroke predicts a higher risk of being dependent both before and after stroke,” Dr Rist said.

“Research is needed to look into whether more intense activity could improve stroke outcomes and whether people can change their activity patterns to improve stroke outcomes.”

This is from the Mayo Clinic’s site…

Stroke Heart Attack

Wonder what you can do to avoid a stroke or heart attack?  4 things you can do to avoid a stroke/heart attack.   Click HERE to find out more from the Mayo Clinic.  How many of these do you do???

Have I captured your attention?  Good…you want to read this if you are over weight or smoke.  This article may save your life!

Drinking Water & Heart Attacks. Who knew!

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 This is indeed good information.  A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration.  Now I carry a bottle of water wherever I go.  Aspirin is also a good idea!
             Good Thing To Know! From The Mayo Clinic
How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night!!
Heart Attack and Water – Drink 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack! I never knew all of this!
Interesting…Something else I didn’t know … I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time.

 Answer from my Cardiac Doctor:  Water!

Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys  remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.
Correct time to drink water… Very Important.
From a Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
    2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
    1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
    1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
    1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Mayo Clinic on Aspirin –  Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon.
Having one during the night, When the heart should be most at rest, means  that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on…
Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know.
Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks –
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up.
However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two  aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: – Call 911. – Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.
Say “heart attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. –  Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for the arrival and ……..
DO NOT LIE DOWN!
A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved!
Do forward this message. It may save lives!
“Life is a one time gift” (Let’s forward and hope this will help save some!!!)
If you’ve seen this before, reading it again will just reinforce it!