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GUEST,Patrish Help: Friend has had a stroke (49) RE: Help: Friend has had a stroke 03 Jan 02

I have information from the Stroke Association and have searched on the internet and got lots of very useful information. It seems that the best way to treat a stroke is to have a CAT scan in the first three hours to determine the type of stroke, and then treat accordingly - in Allans case an asprin would have lessened the effects. He had to wait 5 days. After a bit of assertive talk with the staff on his ward, Allan got some physiotherapy. He is on asprin and an anti cholesterol drug. He is also on something for his cramp. He is also at home now. He signed himself out on the friday before christmas. The hospital could not offer any rehabilitation for him and he was on a ward where there were lots of people dying and some who had degrees of dementia - he got very little sleep and generally felt he would do better at home.
He is managing to cook for himself, shower and dress etc.
I must admit that driving him home from the hospital was scarey. I was so worried that I was helping him do something stupid, but as it turns out he has progressed very well and is much happier.
One thing that I have realised is that helping someone with things you and I take for granted can be painful. As Allan reminds me "take the coat to the arm not the arm to the coat" - on several occasions I have tried to break Allans arm in my keeness to "help" I also had a go at breaking his "wooden" leg. But I am sure if he can survive the hospital he can survive me!
We hope to get to the Jug sometime soon, I have really missed all my good friends.

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