Stroke survivor: a personal guide to recovery by Andy McCann

By Andy McCann

On the age of 37, Andy McCann was once bodily healthy, robust and in stable future health. Then, mid-way via educating his weekly martial arts type, he skilled a stroke and was once rushed to health facility. until eventually then, the note 'stroke' had intended little to Andy, and during this booklet he recounts the various problems in studying to dwell together with his new scenario. humorous, poignant and informative, the ebook isn't just a private tale, but additionally bargains a wealth of recommendation and data for a person who desires to recognize extra approximately strokes. He explores a huge diversity of matters skilled via stroke survivors, from the very sensible concerns of dealing with monetary defense and figuring out scientific ways and terminology to the extra own demanding situations of coming to phrases with a brand new experience of vulnerability and working with the attitudes of family and friends. the typical thread all through is Andy's insistence that he'll now not be a 'stroke sufferer' yet a 'stroke survivor', decided to stay together with his new set of situations in a favorable means. This booklet is a compelling but useful resource of knowledge that would be valued by way of pros and sufferers alike - no matter if a fellow stroke survivor, a involved loved one or a well-being or social care specialist operating with stroke sufferers.

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As it transpired on that day in January 2004, I was sadly mistaken. In my mind, I was both physically invulnerable and emotionally strong. I was also healthy. ); I did not smoke; I did not think that I let the stress of work upset me, and was even at times a calming influence on others around me; and I had lots of interests. I started to spend more time with a colleague, Anne, outside of work. Anne had joined the teaching staff some years after me and we became friends. Eventually, and after much persuasion from me, she agreed that we would go out together.

I had barely reached middle age. A stroke! 38 My Life Changes 39 I didn’t want to believe that something this serious had happened, and was happening to me. I felt that in terms of how I conducted my lifestyle, I had been doing many things right in order to lead a healthy life. I lay silent after the doctor and nurse had left. A stroke! I thought of my grandfather’s friend ‘Mitch’ for the first time in over 20 years. He was over 70 when he had a stroke. I thought of my father’s Uncle Mike. He was also over 70 when he had his stroke.

30, part of me was aware that I was being moved to somewhere else in the hospital. I felt like I was an observer to this, watching from elsewhere. When I woke up I saw a smiling, white-haired man with unusually white dentures sitting on my bed. I am with Kirk Douglas, I thought, until I came to my senses and Frank introduced himself for the first time. After I declined the offer of a sweet, and Frank had gone back to his bed, I was introduced to the morning routine in the hospital ward. The nursing duty team breezed in making jokes, talking to the patients and referring to them by name.

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