Nov 4
Nannieree
Nannieree , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Stroke Survivor and Caregiver for father with CHF/COPD and also stroke survivor

At the age of 43 my life was turned upside down. 
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated our city in Ms. 2 weeks after while cleaning up debris I started having problems with my speech and left sided weakness with drop foot. I got this incredible headache. The next morning my speech was worse and my brother came over and took me to the ER. They did a CT and found out I had a stroke in my parietal and occipital lobe. Because I didn't go to the hospital the day before they couldn't give me the tips drug. I was admitted for 4 days. They started me on Coumadin. They ran so many test and couldn't find out what caused the strokes. I spent 11/2 years in therapy. I attended everyday. In 2010, five years later I had a TIA that affected my left arm only. I went to PT for 6 months with great results. Three years after my 2 strokes I was sent to a Hemotologist. They ran extensive test and found out that I had Anti-thrombin III deficiency. So that meant I have to take Coumadin for the rest of my life and check my blood every two weeks. I should feel lucky that the residual isn't that bad now but I'm just so scared I'm going to have a bad stroke that I can't come back from. I now suffer from depression. Mixed emotions day to day. I lost my mother 2 years ago which devastated me. I am currently taking care of my 78 year old father. He has CHF/COPD and also suffered a mild stroke in 2012. Since then he has been diagnosed with mod dementia. It is like fighting and arguing with a child almost all the time. I am so sensitive that my feelings get hurt very easy. I am just exhausted. I have some help from my husband but he works every day so he is tired when he comes home. I have 5 other siblings which don't help out. Don't get me wrong I love my father dearly and I would do anything for him. I guess I'm just tired and need help. 
2 Comments
  • thedollhouselady
    thedollhouselady,
    Nannieree what a great person you are to take care of your father with all that you are going thru yourself. I think that yoga would help your blood to keep circulating. you can make up your own yoga routine. it is basically stretching. the thing is to do it slow and careful and try to gently stretch as many muscles as you can every day. also, if you can find time, meditation would help you. that's something you can do any where or any time and not need any equipment to do it. take a walk every day if you can. even a short walk will help you. these things may all seem unimportant compared to your daily worries but they are in fact very important and will eventually you will start feeling better. you deserve to feel good. best of luck to yu
  • AHA/ASAAlexson
    AHA/ASAAlexson,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. That is a lot to contend with, but you are clearly a strong lady.
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