Now all the fuss has died down and the doctor’s are finished with all of their tests. Your family is leaving the hospital to go home and get some rest. Everyone has been horrified at what has happened and what effects there may be on you and are asking question like “do you think they will fully recover.” The nurse leaves you alone and only your plus one is with you. Now you start asking yourself the same questions as you are trying to make your body move and fix your slurred speech. The question really then becomes, “what do I do after a stroke”.
So, What do You do After the Stroke?
Maybe I was a reaching there a little with this situation because I remember a lot of activity going on around me and people trying to give me instructions and educate me on how to eat better and on and on but guess what? I was struggling to remember anything and many times I would hear stuff and then watch it go right out the other side of my head. If it wasn’t for my wife, I wouldn’t know most of what was relayed to me over those two days.
There will be a time, probably after leaving the hospital, when you will really get some quiet time and begin thinking about your future. Depending on the severity of your stroke the thoughts could vary wildly. My suggestion is to be positive about where you are heading. Don’t think about all the negative things. Focus on being alive and having an opportunity to encourage someone or maybe you want to finally do something you have always wanted to do and this stroke has caused you to slow down enough to change course in life, for the better.
My mom wrote me a letter a few days ago and she told me to remind everyone to always have a positive attitude. My mom had an incredible mother who was one of the most positive people I have ever met and that definitely rubbed off on my mom.
I can’t tell you everything is going to be perfect and you will have a full recovery. What I can tell you is that from my experience and my mother’s experience, being positive and having hope are two of the most important things you can have right now.
I have fully recovered but my mom hasn’t. Do you want to guess who is the more positive person between the two of us is? Of course, it is my mother.
You will get a lot of great advice from medical professionals but I would like to leave you with three of the most important things you can immediately begin working on.
- Start exercising (just do what ever you are capable of)
- Start eating right (start with some easy things and work up from there)
- Start losing weight
There are many other things to add to this list but these are really important and you don’t need a prescription or doctor’s permission to begin these.
You may be asking me, “shouldn’t other people be encouraging me?” Well, yes, but if you can take your eyes off of yourself and think about how you can help others, your life will be greatly enriched.
Consider beginning a journal and write all the things down you are going through. Don’t write them down to dwell on the negative but write them down with the hope to use your experience to help someone else.
I am not finished with my journey in life as I strive to become more healthy and reduce my risk of another stroke but no matter what happens, I want to help others to never have a stroke or to reduce their risk of a future stroke and to never take our eyes off of helping others no matter the situation we are in.
If you can do this, you will look back on your life and smile.