Scott046,Hello MysteryJordan - first let me say sorry for your stroke but thank you for the post. While not a stroke victim I am a caregiver and play a support role for my wife (Angie) who experienced a stroke at age 50. A year and half post stroke and we're still experiencing many of the things you mentioned, yet everyday we also experience gains in recovery through my wife's tenacious and never ending commitment to daily therapy. So yes to your question about therapy, stay engaged and make small achievable goals as bench marks to work towards. While gains in mobility and cognitive issues are slower now than the first year, they are still definitely gains we wouldn't have experienced without the therapy. Thought organization and speech challenges yes, falling at times yes and learning the best possible controlled fall when possible :-) we continue to work hard and try to keep some levity in our daily challenge. Stay positive, stay with therapy and Gid Bless
LovesGrandmaandGrandpa,I too am a caregiver to a stroke patient, my grandfather. He had had 4 major strokes and more TIAs than I care to count and he has his good days and bad days. It is still a struggle for him and his last stroke was in 2013 but he has had several TIAs since then and he also has diabetes is blind in his left eye (previous to the strokes), he has 3 stents and has the left side weakness. He still does therapy and works very hard at it which helps. I don't think there's a point where therapy doesn't work but I guess it might be harder if you don't get it right away but not impossible. My grandpa still falls and drops things, he's broken his hip and arm from falling. With getting all the therapy he has gotten, he's done really well and can even hold things in his left hand sometimes. Persistence pays off and do does stubbornness (my grandfather is proof of this). The ER visit is common unfortunately, they've done that several times to my grandpa. It's horrid. Unfortunately, there is not a lot they can do for a TIA but the trouble comes with knowing what is or is not a TIA. You definitely need a support system and I am happy to he here. Keep you head up, stay strong, be stubborn and persistent, and don't let anyone make you out to be useless because of your problems. A few doctors have treated my grandpa like that and it did him no good. You shouldn't do anything reckless but you have to live your life so try to do it safely is what I'd say. I'm glad your roommate was there with you and hopefully your roommate is a big part of your support system. Stay strong. When you get better which I believe you will if you want to, you will start to appreciate things in life that you once took for granted just like anyone else who was healthy and then was suddenly not. You've proved to be stronger than the strokes and TIAs and stronger than the abusive husband, you're gonna make it.
mysteryjordan,thank you both so much. Encouragement is helping! For some reason, I have to see a general practitioner before the neurologist. So that appt. is on Monday. I'm typing everything into word so I can print it out for them. (Not good at thinking when it's time to think!) I'm looking forward to therapy.