I saw an article posted in Flipboard.com from Saebo called “13 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Stroke Recovery.” After reading the article in its entirety, I began to reflect on things I should be doing now, and in the future, to assist in my recovery. I have decided to share with you my thoughts on the 13 things listed in the article were as follows - note I will attempt to put a positive spin on each as opposed to harping on the negative connotations of each. Additionally, it should come as no surprise that I have also included some of my own personal thoughts to those items that really touched me. These particular items stuck out to me either because they represent something that means a lot to me now or provide me the opportunity to explore deeper in articles (blogs, posts, whatever you want to call them) in the near and/or upcoming future!
1. Set post-stroke recovery goals (PSRG) - setting PSRG is more than setting New Year’s Resolutions; my PSRG include, but are not limited to, improving my health, seeing loved ones more often, keeping in touch with others more often - I want to share my processing of those of those goals with you in a later post.
2. Don’t lose hope - I love it when I achieve something on my own finally, BUT I DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE when I don’t make it, I just keep trying, HARDER.
3. Stay motivated - not only am I SELF-motivated, but I encourage others, even strangers, to motivate me!
4. Practice consistently - set a routine for your therapy! Do the same part of the body at the same consistency!!
5. Don’t lose momentum during a recovery plateau stage - I just do not lose momentum, period!
6. Don’t counteract learned non-use - I am using my LEFT side way too much - in I think it’s funny to tease certain family members that I am learning to become left-handed --- I need to start using my right side again more & more like I did earlier in my recovery.
7. Get enough sleep - I do get enough sleep at night - I wish Tom & I were on the same sleep schedules - I need to work on that.
8. Don’t keep stress & inflammation high - writing a daily journal can help; external therapy can help too; I really need to find some external therapy to help with the post-stroke traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - this can be in the form of a support group or a one-on-one session with a counselor.
9. Don’t ignore the importance of good nutrition - this is not as much a problem for me, but it could be better; writing weekly menus would help - and I am including recipes along with videos with each of my posts.
10. Don’t go overboard with exercise - this is also not now generally a problem for me; I know when I need to slow down or stop. I can tell Tom when I need to as well - and, again, I am including therapy recommendations, ideas, thoughts and videos with my posts.
11. Don’t forget to think about prevention - I am thinking about preventing another stroke all the time - based on the above.
12. Don’t forget about working thru communication problems - Well, I am trying!! I need to work on that with my Bud (Tom)!! I am trying first with not crying --- it really upsets him ...I never knew that - probably because I never (rarely did I ever) cry in front of him.
13. Don’t ignore PTSD after your stroke - I need to work on this!! I should think about joining a group to share my ideas and theirs regarding post-stroke issues.
"It always seems impossible until it's done." -- Nelson Mandela
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