I found @lynne_day923 that there weren’t enough hrs in the day either. I was doing all my exercises every day but then i changed to doing a select few every day and just interchanged them. After a while, when i was getting more movement back i started incorporating them into my other activities rather than having a separate exercise time.
Perhaps concentrate on the ones you consider will make the biggest difference / most important. Then slot the others in as you can.
Yes good idea at moment community physio is coming but only 2 weeks left we do go to a private rehabilitation centre just don’t want to overload him im trying to make him include his left hand when drinking cold drinks
There’s no reason you can’t use your home as his gym, I had to do that in lockdown.
If he hasn’t got that walking pole at home, give him a broom or get him a couple of cheap hiking sticks on amazon. He can be walking around the home using them. Have him buttoning up shirts with his stroke hand for the hell of it. Whip up some dough and make bread together…he can do the kneading. Put ankle weights on his wrists and ankles for an added workout…failing that he could be carrying a can or a weighted bag, to strengthen his arm as he’s walking. The more he attempts the normal life skills the better to keep triggering his memory, all those natural skills and instincts learnt from birth.
Whatever way he used his stroke hand before, he needs to be persistently doing that now…even if he fails he needs to do it again and again. Buttoning shirts, tying shoelaces, switch light switches on/off, open/close doors, lift books off shelves and flick through them. Putting his shoes on an taking the off.
While he’s sitting watching tv or whatever he can be sliding his foot back and forth and and side to side across the floor. Give windows to clean with his left hand, have wash dishes, fold laundry. You’ve a whole playground of activities in and around your home he can utilise as part of his physio. Whatever you do don’t allow him to inadvertently condition himself into being an invalid, that’s counter productive and he’s not!
Hi all, to chip in with my two penneth worth, I find that different footwear can make a huge difference. I agree with @Nigelglos about good trainers (not necessarily running ones) as these are my best footwear for fluid walking. The days in the office wearing shoes produce the most jerky walk for me.
That said, as per most things post stroke, you have good days and bad. For consistency I would advise a good pair of trainers (or sneakers for the Americans here).
Good luck and remember practice makes (almost) perfect (on a good day).
Sketchers are the best in my book, so light and comfortable and I can walk for hours
I have a very similar feeling as you.
I have to stop & think ; I’m meant to be getting better ?
Either my mind is playing tricks on me, or I’m plain wrong.
Surely better days await? Must strive towards that day.
Best wishes, and best luck, Roland
I sure hope better days await for all of us. I’m just so unsure as I’m still just as awkward after a one mile walk as I was nine months ago and I do this almost daily. I thought stroke symptoms/nueroplasticity would eventually come on board. With daily walking, multiple miles of peddling at the gym plus therapy I thought surely I’d be back to my hiking. Everything is a mystery to me but thank you for the encouragement.
Thankyou for this chat it’s cheered me up this morning . reading other people’s journey I’m 22 months post stroke which affected my left side and still so frustrated with my walking . When outside I almost feel my whole body tense up and my left leg feels like a block of wood . My brain seems to instantly go to one foot forward other one forward to meet it I have to really concentrate on stepping the second foot in front of the other . I’m better in doors but wish I cud improve when I’m outside and just relax a bit . i tend to look at the ground a lot too … I just imagined that after this length of time I’d be walking better and further . I go on a treadmill at the gym and do my exercises every day so it’s just frustrating . I haven’t had a fall outside so don’t know why I tense up so much .sometimes I try to imagine and visualise getting up and just walking naturally without having to think . Onward and upward I know just got to keep on trying .
I definitely hear you but I was able to do more last summer and make np progress now despite doing this every day which is surprising to me.
So it’s mind over matter, a certain amount of it will be lack of confidence outdoors. The fear factor of falling in your subconscious could be holding you back, even though you don’t think that’s what it is.
I did a lot of looking at the ground and my feet to begin with. As my legs grew stronger and could walk in a straight line again, I had to force myself to look straight ahead, it took time but I got there. Two and a half years on and I’m out hiking with a group trekking over all types of terrain.
Do you walk with a stick? If not, get yourself a hiking stick off Amazon, some come in pairs for about £8. I use just the one when hiking, handy for balance reassurance when going down tricky slopes or hills. Sometimes that’s all you need to start building your confidence and improving your walking gait.
well I’m sure it’s no consolation
but there’s many a time I ask if I am going forwards or backwards
let’s hope it’s only a temporary dip for both
good luck, Roland
Thankyou emerald eyes and Pando. Yes I think it is fear that’s holding me back also I’ve had so much physio advice it’s muddled me up . First it was weight on right move left … move from the hip first then lift knee first then stride out . I often count in my head 1 2 1 2 Praps that’s why I almost stop after 2 steps … I need to get in a flow 123456etc . As you say who knew walking was so hard. I walk with a stick . Tried a rollator and a hiking stick because I’m quite tall they both gave me back ache
best wishes Christine
The ground isn’t dead flat outside so I think looking at the ground if the feedback from your feet isnt 100% or step isn’t perfect is totally natural.
It isn’t certain our weak leg will react quickly enough if we did trip at speed.
Before the stroke, we didn’t have to think and we don’t have to think on a flat treadmill.
Possibly one option is just to be slower ? Takes some of the danger out of it ? We get more time to react.
How slow I guess is something to work out
Hi Thanks for your message, very interesting topic. Stroke is not like a fracture, i.e. more you do better it gets. After stroke if you increase quantity, you may end up losing quality, in terms of walking one can get hemiplegic gait which would only increase spasticity. I always advice, after stroke it is amount small amounts many times, this is the way to get better. Although it can take longer, one is likely to see continued progress. I hope I have made snese. Kind regards Kusal Stroke Specialist OT