in the tradition of giving by making a much-appreciated contribution.
Survivor of the Month
- May / June
When I got home I
was unable to walk at all. My left side was completely weak. I basically
needed help with everything. I was at my house for a while then they
moved me to my sister's house. I was depressed but I wanted to be
home. But my son, my daughter and my sister thought I'd be better
off at my sister's because she came to my house to sleep. My children
thought I was imposing on my sister and they moved me so I could be
closer to her but that was a big mistake
I should have stayed
in my own house. I really wasn't getting better care because I had
the home health aid at my house and the care was essentially the same.
The home health aid would prepare food during the day and my sister
would prepare my dinners.
I had in-home physical therapy for a month and a half. At that point
he said I wasn't making enough progress and according to the Medicare
regulations he couldn't continue. Then I contacted Stroke of Hope
and everything's been fine. You've given me the motivation and I'm
actually happy to see the recovery trainers come because I know I'm
going to get some progress. I just feel encouraged enough to try harder.
Today I forced myself to walk all the way to the door and tried to
come back because I'm tired of lying in the bed. I feel like I'm a
prisoner and I just say I've GOT to get out of there, I've GOT to
My left side is regaining strength with some difficulty, but I'm moving
it. Two trainers come to work my whole body - everything. A nutritionist
has also come from Stroke of Hope and reemphasized everything
I basically already knew because I had been given a diet to follow
when I was diagnosed with diabetes. When I was independent I cooked
for myself but now someone else prepares everything and that limits
things for me so I eat what I get and I'm beginning to lose weight.
I feel much better. So far I'm very happy with my support system and
Stroke of Hope. I know I still have a long way to go but I
do realize the improvement."