A lot of the problem is a lack of understanding of the affect of a stroke. You can see a cut, or a bruise or a broken leg. But you can’t see what is going on in a stroke survivor’s head. It can change frequently And it makes us feel worse, frustration, fear, anger, short fuse, and tearful when a moment earlier you were fine. And then you take it out on the ones you love and that makes you feel worse because that’s just not the person you were
i find getting out of the house helps, being active, gentle exercise, taking a rest when I need to. When I am out walking I sometimes pop into a pub if I am lonely and have a soda and lime, chat to whoever is there, and not about strokes.
Keeping busy doing little jobs. Today I replaced and rewired the light in the garage, without any difficulty, I punched the air when I switched the power on at the mains and the lights worked.
I try to get a good nights sleep, that is so difficult sometimes, when I had my stroke I was scared if going to sleep in case I didn’t wake up. If I struggle to sleep I get up and go downstairs and dose to music.
I am lucky, I am slowly getting better. Sight is better now and I am hopeful I will soon be able to drive again. Dark moments are fewer. Less Headaches and giddiness.
The doctors and consultants are pleased with my progress and a return to work is on the cards for early next year. It’s not going to beat me, the doctors can’t cure what I have got, the brain may repair and relearn a little bit and I will change the way I live my life, worry less about work, manage stress levels, be more a little bit more selfish, watch my weight, exercise and try to relax and watch my stupid high blood pressure which put me here.
i hope this helps please respond if you want to chat.