Friday, March 8th, 2019
Coy’s life before his stroke on December 2, 2018, was fun and fulfilling. He gathered regularly with friends and family, was a talented fast-talking auctioneer, traveled all over to tractor shows, and raised family of goats on a small farm. Like many other stroke survivors, Coy’s stroke caused his right dominant arm and hand to be almost entirely paralyzed. He also struggled to pay attention to his affected side—a very common yet disabling condition that can be a safety concern and interferes with regaining use of the weaker side.
Monday, February 11th, 2019
The stroke rehabilitation process throughout the first several months of stroke recovery can be intense, with dramatic inclines and declines in progress that can encourage and depress survivors. Weakness and paralysis are common effects of stroke and adjusting to the demands of recovery may require significant lifestyle changes.
Establishing and gaining momentum towards a stroke survivor’s goals is key to thwarting an often-frustrating phenomenon– the plateau phase. What does “plateau” mean? A plateau period is a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress. During a plateau, it may feel as though the initial positive progress was the end of successful rehabilitation and that no further improvement is possible. But for many, a plateau period or plateau phase is quite common and even to be expected. Understanding this will help both survivors and caregivers avoid the derailment of recovery by losing hope, motivation, and persistence.
Friday, February 9th, 2018
Among stroke survivors, feelings of depression and sadness are unfortunately common. The body has experienced acute changes both physically and mentally, and certain emotional responses may be triggered as a result. A survivor may find themselves dealing with bouts of anger, mood swings, and moments of intense crying or laughing, but these reactions do not necessarily indicate a typical case of depression.
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
If you or a loved one has suffered from a stroke, there are many difficulties that can develop as a result. Primarily, these effects are physical, emotional, and cognitive.
Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Whether you’re awake or asleep, your brain is continuously active. Vast amounts of information—thoughts, moments, feelings, etc.—are sent to your brain, where they are filtered and stored, and it’s important for your brain to be working properly in order to place them in the right spots.
Friday, August 18th, 2017
A stroke—no matter how severe—can be devastating. Not only does it have the potential to cause damage physically and mentally, but the recovery process can be equally as difficult to navigate. With countless hurdles to overcome, monitoring progress during stroke recovery can be very frustrating, but there are certain things that you or a loved one can do to improve the experience and see results.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Recovering after a stroke requires hard work from the survivor and their caretakers. Though this can be intimidating, there is good news: with new technology in apps, patients have more help than ever regaining abilities after their stroke.
Monday, July 3rd, 2017
They say dog is man’s best friend, but for stroke survivors, a dog can mean even more than that. Dogs tend to respond well to training and have the temperaments to be good companions. For this reason, more and more stroke survivors are finding comfort, support, and assistance during recovery in the form of pet therapy dogs.
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Having a stroke can change a person’s life in many ways. Survivor’s often find themselves unable to speak, swallow, walk, or even use half of their body. These disabilities can make returning to a normal routine difficult, and for many it makes it impossible for them to return to work.