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RaNeedHelp, December 20,  2020  9:44am EST

Mother’s Ischemic stroke

Hello Everyone,

My mother who is 72 yrs suffered a Ischemic stroke and is now recovering but very slowly. Its been 6 months now. She is receiving rehab at home In India. Her right side is affected which has caused paralysis on her left side. She is having nurse care and doing Physiotherapy everyday. Any suggestions to make the rehab recovery a little more progressive? Any experiences will greately help me. I talk to her in video calls and she is slow in responding but excellent memory and can recall details happened couple decades back very well. Certain things take time for her to process. She is also using Spirometer to strengthen her lungs as she gets tired after sitting in a chair for more than an hr. Everyday she is also asked to sit in a wheelchair or dining chair for more than an hr.

sorry for the long email but since its my first post, wanted to give all details.


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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, December 23,  2020  11:54am EST

    Good Afternoon, Thank you for reaching out for support on behalf of your mother. I can imagine this is a very difficult time for you and your family. Here are some Patient Rehabilitation Resources that may provide helpful insights. One of these resources also includes a Stroke Rehabilitation Activation Toolkit (PDF) which you can use to help improve outcomes for your mother. 

    Best Wishes,

    The AHA Team 

  • RaNeedHelp
    RaNeedHelp, December 26,  2020  9:15am EST

    Thank you very much. Will look into it.


  • axnr911
    axnr911, December 28,  2020  8:31pm EST

    Hi RA- I had a stroke 2 1/2 years ago at age 74.  My left side was completely paralyzed.  The first 3 weeks I had occupational and physical therapy 3 times a day in the hospital.  They also used an electronic stimlator on my left hand, arm and leg . (Like a tens unit )  It jolted the nerves. (not painful).  They made a special brace for my left foot and lower leg so I wouldn't drag my toe and got  me up and walking with a walker, later a 3-prong cane.  Then I went home.  Needed rails for the toilet and a tub transfer bench to take showers..  My husband stayed near the irst couple of weeks, but I soon got stronger and could be on my own.  Then I had 4 months of physical and occupational theraphy 2 times a week as an outpatient.  At home I would do various exercises they gave me and hand exercises and hand putty while I sat and watched TV.  The brain rewires itself and relearns, but it takes constant hard work.  I started walking a few steps at a time and walked every day,.  I got rid of the brace and increased to a couple of hundred steps and built up a few steps at a time.  Now I walk  without a cane about  1 1/3 miles a day.  I cook, do wash, garden.  At first I was depressed and saw a counselor for a bit and that helped.  I'm getting my life back. But I don't have much energy,  tire easily and have to pace myself.  My friend, another stroke survivor, said it took her 4 years to feel like herself again.  It is a very slow process, so slow that you can't see it happening.  It's only when you look back and see how it was then and what you can do now that you realize you really are healing.  I kept a journal of what I did each day and that helped.  The progress was there in black and white ,even if I didn't think I was doing that much.  Keep a positive attitude and keep your Mom moving and doing as much as possible every day.  It can only get better.  Best wishes!  Love, Jeanne

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