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How Do I Reteach Someone Basic Skills After Stroke
No simple answer: Physical therapists and occupational therapists are the experts in this area. Everyone who has had a stroke deserves special attention from these professionals and you can learn directly from them and apply that knowledge at home on an on-going basis. They'll be very happy to teach you, in my experience. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gran had stroke and can't use knife or hold coffee cup. Ot tested other skills and said she didn't need therapy. She wants to be indepndent. What to do?
Home OT and PT: If your grandmother can't use a knife or hold a coffee cup it is hard to believe she was cleared by ot, but insurance is trying to cut back on such services. I would request a repeat home ot evaluation (different therapist) but also work on techniques yourself. These can include a larger handle on utensils (best to buy them that way, but could also wrap with duct tape in a pinch). ...Read more
What to measure: After a stroke, a person should have their blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm measured. They should have blood testing for blood count, cholesterol/LDL, electrolytes and blood sugar. They should have a CT scan of the head. They may also have an MRI of the brain, ultrasound of the carotid arteries (or something similar), and echocardiogram. ...Read more
Depends: First, it would make a huge difference if her stroke affected the ability to chew and swallow. In that case, she should have been given very specific guidelines. If not, a heart healthy diet is recommended from now on. Search "american heart association diet" for more guidelines. ...Read more
Stroke : FAST !: •fast : face( droop) , arm( weak) , spech( slurred) , time( quick ) ! sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body. •sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. •sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. •sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination. •sudden severe headache with no known cause. ...Read more
Convince them to go!: Strokes are life-threatening emergency situations that require immediate treatment. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, try your hardest to convince them to immediately go to the hospital. You can also call 911 and have the paramedics/emt's try and convince them. Paramedics/emt's are often able to convince people to accept emergency treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Frontal disconnect: I can't answer for the whoever quoted that phrase to you but as a neurologist when someone says "judgment" was affected by a stroke it makes me think of impulsiveness, lack of concentration, or acting without considering consequences. If you'd like to share more information with me on this case write to me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi and input Key Code PDXFNR to set up an appointment ...Read more
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