I had just turned 69 when the stroke got me. I was fit and not over weight. And very relaxed enjoying retirement.
I was just unlucky, a clot got in to my system and the unlilekly location was my brain. I always had a strong heart so it pushed the clot through. Nevertheless my survival was no more than a chance.
I view that my past life finished on the day the stroke got me. And my new life started.
Aphasia was one of my problems. But that has been largely overcome without me doing much at all. I noted that last Sunday I could sing all five hymns. Not been able to do that before. I am 44 months post stroke.
Overall, things get slightly better each week. So slight it is hard to notice.
I keep my BP under close watch. I make a huge effort to get 7.5 hrs sleep. I let my brain rest when it tells me to. And i hydrate (yuk). Up until a few months ago, I had some dreadful days. I very rarely go to bed in the day, I will sit and rest. But yes they were disaster days. I try to look more at the better days.
I cant recover my mobility to do 10,000 steps. I often have to limit activity to 45 minutes then a 45 minute break.
Can he manage a stroke diary. Just a note of what is done each day and how hefelt. I use muy own version of very high/high/medium/low. Ht and miss, but I can opick up on when I get a bad day and its usually lack of sleep.
I go to monthly group relax, which is good. I recently started weekly group yoga, for the disabled etc. Thats wonderful.
Stroke groups are good.
Tings do improve.
I smile a lot. I am positive. Your hubby and me were chosen to live when many do not. We are special.
The NHS can not handle our recovery period. Its down to us.
Nice to have a new one on here and someone in my age group !
and please say hello to hubby from me.