ARE THERE AFTER STROKE CHALLENGES ?
YOU BET THERE ARE . . . DAILY.
"STEP" UP TO THOSE CHALLENGES . . .
Stroke After Stroke challenges you to stepping up to the challenges. Don't
think for one minute that after stroke challenges are scarce. They are
plentiful . . . they can be there on a minute to minute basis. It is one
encounter after another. Think of it, as testing yourself! After stroke,
step up to that challenge and march through it. Every challenge you
meet will bring you closer to accomplishing your goals you have set. If
you haven't set any goals, it's time that you do. Goals are important . . . they help you move forward . . . a step at a time. Once you attain your goal, you've probably met a number of challenges along the way. You've moved up a number of steps and achieved challenges after stroke! Pat yourself on the back!
You can't walk because you are paralyzed from the stroke? You've been
given a leg brace . . . step up there . . . set your goal for so many feet. Take
the first step, then another, and another. Every step you take is a challenge.
You're on your way! You are walking! Keep re-setting the goals. Don't stop!
Do you need some parallel bars for home?
You can't write, because your memory doesn't remember how? Again, step
up to the challenge. Set your goal . . . maybe you want to write your name?
You need to learn the letters first . . . then the spelling of your name. Have
somebody write the letters down for you. Maybe you can get some alphabet
cards. Practice writing the letters . . . practice . . . practice . . . practice! You
will do it! You'll write your name!
Your right side is paralyzed...you were right handed before the stroke. Wow!
What a challenge it must be, to learn how to use your left hand . . . let's try to
eat? The goal . . . keep the food on the fork! Patience is involved with every
new experience you meet. LOTS OF PATIENCE! Especially, if you're hungry?
Step up . . . grab a hold of that fork and lets eat those peas . . . of course, this
is a few weeks after attaining the target of stabbing the food. We are on a roll
now . . . what a challenge this will be!
How about stepping up . . . a step, when you are paralyzed and wearing a leg brace?
Talk about steps to the challenge. We don't want to fall in the street, so we go
"r--e--a--l" slow here. Slower . . . than slow. No help required! It's called
independence day! As a caregiver, you hold your breath and pray. Up the step
they go. They catch their balance and it's a "WoW" moment!
As the days go by, a relationship evolves that you never knew was there. A
relationship that includes laughter (the best medicine), tears, anger, patience,
love, perseverance, and impatience . . . keep stepping up those steps . . . find out
where they lead to in your new life after stroke!
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