"TIMING" IS EVERYTHING!
"PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE" . . .
After a stroke, daily travel can be a challenge!
Just traveling to the doctor's or rehab can be a challenge after a stroke. Time . . . a big factor in getting ready to leave your residence has to be taken into
consideration, especially for an appointment. You don't want to be late. Doctors don't like that! If you do get held up, call them and let them know you are on your way.
You learn to "time" how long it will take to change into clothes. Maybe you are already dressed and don't need to change clothes, but you need to put your shoes on. If the stroke victim is trying to do things for themselves so they have as much independence as possible . . . it may take them 10 or 15 minutes or even longer to put the shoes on. Then again, they may do it in a normal timeframe. Depending on their disabilities.
They may use some sort of walking device . . . a cane . . . a brace . . .
sometimes both. If this is the case, it'll take longer to get to the car, so
"time" it. It'll also take longer to get inside the appointment center. "Time"
that! Again, this all depends on the severity of the stroke and the ability of
the stroke victim.
There maybe a wheelchair involved. Learn how long it takes to load and
unload it. If you have a morning appointment for something, make
sure you take into play . . . bathroom activities!
You'll learn the timeframes involved for different activities. You adjust them
as you go along. It's not hard. In the beginning, it can be overwhelming, as
well as frustrating. Learn to laugh about it. It lightens things up for both
Laugh, laugh and laugh some more. As time goes on, things do get better.
You, the stroke survivor . . . and you, the family caregiver are living a
different life then prior to the stroke. But you are living and that is what's
important. Just accept the new way you live. Have fun with it.
Thank God you are alive. And don't forget to "time everything".
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