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After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    A very practical help book

    'After A Stroke' is a mine of useful, practical, advice, written by someone who has been there, for persons who have experienced a stroke, or for the friends, family, or caregivers of such persons. The writing is in plain English, and knowledge of medical terms is not necessary. The book is subtitled, '300 Tips for Making Life Easier,' but actually it contains nearly double that amount. The author deals not only with day to day living problems for persons who have lost the use of one side of their bodies, but also has more general suggestions useful for anyone dealing with the problems of living after experiencing a stroke. Some of the more specific topics include learning how to swallow safely with a partially paralized mouth, dressing, cooking, traveling, and house cleaning. More general topics include learning to deal with emotional lability, learning to self-medicate safely, learning ways to begin retraining your brain, and dealing with family intimacy. Hutton stresses that a stroke becomes a family matter, and includes a chapter on tips for family members. The book also includes a bibliography, and a list of sources and agencies that can offer resources and support. Hutton experienced a stroke herself, and writes mostly from her own experience. Her advice is therefore very specific to the kinds of every day problems that arise after stroke. Her writing is to the point and easy to understand. 'After a Stroke' is a valuable resource for anyone dealing with stroke, whether as a patient, family member, or caregiver.

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