Realize potential complications of strokes
Even if stroke is gone, it may leave behind some complications, including physical and emotional problems. And the person who has had a stroke and other people in your family can be affected.
After a stroke, the survivor may have to experience temporary or permanent complications, depending on the severity the stroke, how long the brain lacks blood supply and which parts of the brain were affected. These complications include:
- Difficulty in moving: The survivor may experience weakness, loss of muscle movement or paralysis on one side of the body. He or she may be unable to control certain muscles on one side of the face or arm.
- Trouble in speaking or swallowing problem: A stroke can lead to loss control of certain muscles in the mouth, throat. This can make it hard for the survivor to speak clearly or swallow or eat normally. The survivor may also have difficulty reading, understanding speech, or writing.
- Memory loss and thinking problems
- Emotional problems: People who have had a stroke may experience emotional problems. Changes in the body may make they become unable to do things they used to do. They may think that they are a burden. Stroke survivors may also get trouble with their relationships and friendships.
- Pain: A stroke can cause pain, numbness, or changes in sensations. These problems may be caused by problems in the brain.
Family members may also have to cope with problems following a stroke. They do not know what to do. They cannot understand the survivor’s feelings. They may become stressed and anxious. It is always difficult when there is a patient in your family. You can help other people in your family prepare for potential changes.
Meet a professional
A nurse, a doctor, a counselor, a speech therapist or a psychologist can help you and your family. They can participate in rehabilitation program of the survivor, as well as helping other members of your family adjust their thoughts and feelings.
Join a support group
You and your family can join a support group. A support group may help connect other stroke families with doctors, nurses – anyone who are related. Taking part in these groups, you can get some useful advice. You can discuss your issues in a supportive environment. You can meet other people who are dealing with the same problems. You can feel encouraged and motivated when other people understand your problems. All members of your family can join. You can ask other professionals to help your family.
Participate in rehabilitation program
Family members are important parts of the survivor’s recovery. Encourage other members to participate in rehabilitation programs. You can give support to his or her rehabilitation program – what should be done and what should not be done. You can take the survivors to the clinic to receive treatment. You can attend some of the rehabilitation sessions. You can help the person practice what he or she is learning at home. When everyone in the family takes their responsibilities, everything can go on more easily.
Take care of yourself
You cannot care for your family if you do not have a good health. Eat good foods, do exercises, get enough sleep. You can also take care of your family members. Prepare meals, ask them to go to bed and exercise together. Your family can overcome all difficulties.
If you have a family member who has had a stroke, you can feel the pressure of this medical emergency. Your family may go into crisis and everything may be messed up. However, life goes on and you have to find out proper ways to adjust. Hope this article will help you.
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Review Date: May 26, 2017 | Last Modified: May 26, 2017
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