COMMON SENSE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH IT. . .
Talk to your loved one as you would talk to anybody. Don't treat them any different.
They know if you do! They want to be treated and talked to normally. I strongly
believe it helps with their progress. I also, strongly believe it can hinder their progress
if you don't. This is my own take on it, having personal experience on a daily basis.
I'm finding that it is human nature...people feel uncomfortable around the disabled
and it shows...it comes through in the way they talk and act. The stroke victim can
sense it...they know it. Therefore, it makes them feel even more uncomfortable
which is so much more sadder, considering what they are already going through.
Let's talk about psychological therapy for a moment. It seems that the "physical"
aspect of a stroke is the aspect that's worked on, talked about, and worked on more
whether it be exercising, fixing a meal, or talking, etc. What about the psychological
aspect? Where does a psychiatrist come in? What is going on with the patient
mentally? Nobody knows how they feel! Nobody knows what's going on with their
thoughts! And yes, maybe they have a hard time communicating. However, don't
they deserve the psychological treatment as much as the physical treatment? We all
know there have to be problems there. It's common sense!
In the experience with my son's stroke, there has not been any major importance of
mental therapy. Shouldn't it be as important as the physical aspect? Shouldn't they
be working together? Shouldn't there be ongoing appointments with a psychiatrist?
Like, a weekly or every other week basis after leaving the hospital? And . . . regular
sessions while a patient is in the hospital, along with other therapy. Am I wrong in
thinking this way? I don't think so! Can somebody give me their input on this here?
Are there psychiatrists that specialize in helping stroke victims? Shouldn't sessions
with psychiatrists be ongoing therapy as are all the other therapies?
Is it a slow process? You bet it is. BUT DON'T EVER GIVE UP. Sure things will move
slow. Once out of the hospital and with no more professional therapy because they
can't do anymore or your insurance has run out, you'll learn on your own. You'll learn
alongside your loved one.
Are there bad days? Sure there are! Are there setbacks? Absolutely! There were bad
days and setbacks in the hospital and there will be at home. As a family caregiver,
stay positive. It'll rub off when they get down and they will get down, so be there for
them and be the best that you can be. Help them be the best they can be. Physically
AND mentally! And remember this . . . "patience" is a virtue!
Check this news article (June 23, 2011) out on a trial...regarding early psychological
problems and stroke.
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