The Montreal Neurological Institute is a world renown research center and hospital specializing in the diseases of the brain. Montrealers are fortunate to be able to have such state of the art care for strokes.
Hemorrhagic Stroke and Rehabilitation for Stroke Survivors
Stroke victims often have swallowing, breathing, hearing and balancing problems as well. Some stroke victims experience loss of bladder, bowel function and vision problems.
The rehabilitation program might start in the hospital, convalescence center, outpatients clinic, nursing home, or at home. The program is designed specifically for for each stroke survivor, and depends up age, severity of the stroke, lifestyle, availability of caregivers, and so on.
Coping Strategies for Stroke Survivors
Caring for a stroke survivor is different for each survivor involved. Several stroke care specialists may be involved such as a: nurse, dietitian, neurologist, physiotherapist, rehabilitation doctor (physiatrist), occupational therapist, recreational therapist, chaplain, speech therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist, case manager and social worker.
A stroke is a life changing and very physical as well as emotional change. Do not isolate yourself; accept all the help you can get. You may go through some changes that you are not prepared for such as diminished sex drive, overwhelming feelings of helpless, depression, and despair. These professionals are trained to help you deal with all your issues as they arise.
Surrounding yourself with people you love such as family and friends, and maintaining your self-esteem and interests in life are key to your recovery.
Here are some suggestions that might help you succeed:
Do not expect to recover overnight, it takes time to recover from a stroke, understand that it will be hard work, but you must not be tough on yourself for not getting back on your feet as fast as you would have liked. Recovery is a process, and recovery is individual, don’t compare yourself to other stroke survivors that you know. Just set little goals for yourself with the help of your recovery team and celebrate in your successes no matter how small they are or how long it takes for them to happen. Furthermore, take time to rest so that you will continue getting stronger.