It is not an easy task to cope with
stroke. Should you be among the lucky ones to survive one, there
is life after stroke. Stroke can strike at any time, to any
parts of your body and at any age. Usually the first symptom of
a massive cerebral hemorrhage that struck you will be numbness on part
your body. If a vessel in our head rupture, sending spurts of
blood into our brain, we could almost go blind, our speech will be
gibberish and the muscles on part of our body will be paralyzed or
Medical experts have found out that half
of all strokes occur among those considered in the prime of their
life. Strokes occur among adults, teenagers, and even children.
Some victims of stroke are partially paralyzed and others have their
speech impaired and their sight affected.
Possible steps to take when stroke
When stroke strikes, the person
suffering may resemble a drunk person. In critical cases, he may
fall into unconsciousness. If you suspect someone is having a
stroke, get medical help immediately. While waiting for help and
if the victim is conscious, lay the person down with the head and
shoulders slightly raised by using pillows or cushions. Lay the
victim on the weak side so that saliva can drain from the mouth.
Loosen clothing at the neck, chest and waist. If necessary,
restore breathing by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Assure the
victim that help is on the way. Do not offer anything to eat or
drink. If the victim becomes unconscious, put him in the
recovery position, to prevent anything (blood, saliva or tongue) from
blocking the windpipe and choking the victim. Carefully roll the
victim to his stomach, the arm and leg on one side straight beside his
body, the other arm and leg bent to prop up the upper and lower body.
Tilt the victim's chin back to straighten the throat.
There is life after a stroke
For many people recovering from a stroke
and for their families, dealing with psychological and social
consequences is more difficult than adapting to physical and mental
limitations. Studies have shown that up to 60 percent of people
who have a stroke develop symptoms of depression. About
one-third feel angry or anxious. Other have periodic bouts of
sadness or crying. Social isolation, meanwhile, initially stems
from a physical disability but often continues even when physical
limitations are overcome. Feelings of depression or anger may
cause a sense of isolation.
If you are one of those who have
suffered from crippling strokes, do not be disheartened. There
is life after a stroke. It should not stop you from continuing
with your work.