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Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal is one woman's story of fear, hope, and courage as she battles back from a stroke. Cleo Hutton was forty-three when a stroke changed her life. In recovery, Hutton decided to share her experiences by publishing the journal she kept from the onset of symptoms, through hospilization, and rehabilitation. The journal is annotated with informative information by a leading expert on stroke, Dr. Louis Caplan. The interchange between Hutton and Caplan is intriguing. There ...
Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal is one woman's story of fear, hope, and courage as she battles back from a stroke. Cleo Hutton was forty-three when a stroke changed her life. In recovery, Hutton decided to share her experiences by publishing the journal she kept from the onset of symptoms, through hospilization, and rehabilitation. The journal is annotated with informative information by a leading expert on stroke, Dr. Louis Caplan. The interchange between Hutton and Caplan is intriguing. There are alternating passages between Hutton's story and Caplan's explanation. For instance, Hutton tells of all the tests she must undergo, and Caplan explains what the tests are, what they determine, and how they are conducted. A leading expert on stroke, Dr. Caplan offers important information for those recovering from stroke. Filled with lessons from the patient and the doctor, the book offers practical advice for recovering stroke victims, including information about home care and emotional support.
|Ch. 1||Brain Attack||1|
|Ch. 2||Stroke: The Battleground||31|
|Ch. 3||The War of Rehabilitation||53|
|Ch. 4||Heart Surgery and Wrestling with Rehabilitation Again||99|
|Ch. 6||On My Own||167|
|Ch. 7||Gaining More than the Stroke Had Taken||181|
Posted May 24, 2006
This author talks about strokes & rehab & is extremely informative. The best 240 pages I've read in my entirely life. I actually met her on Tuesday, July 8, 2003. Look up the word survivor in the dictionary & you'll see Cleo Hutton's photo! Superb book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2003
'Striking Back at Stroke' by Cleo Hutton and Louis R Caplan, MD is an unusual book about stroke. Most publications cover either the stroke survivor's story or a medical explanation of stroke. The book combines the two. The first part of each chapter is from Hutton's diary. Through it we are able to learn the survivor's perspective. The second section is Dr Caplan's medical explanation. Hutton experienced an ischemic stroke in 1992. The book starts with the experience of TIA's, beginning five years before the stroke. Even though Hutton was a nurse the TIA's did not register as a danger signal. The book also covers the event, rehabilitation, and reflections on what she has gained. In addition to standard early rehabilitation techniques, and therapies Hutton devised, her recovery included surgery to correct a hole in her heart. Caplan's chapter on diagnosing stroke damage and designing a treatment plan is particularly enlightening. He explains the tools of CT and MRI scans as well as the role of history, learning the patient's experience of the stroke and discerning what abilities the patient has lost. He states that physical abnormalities can develop after the strokes first occurring. He also describes other tools used to discern exactly what happened. These details can inform stroke survivors and their families. Hutton shares the thought processes, which helped her cope. She documents what it is like to be a hospital patient. Stroke survivors will find themselves identifying. Medical personnel, families, and caregivers will benefit from her perspective. The psychological effect of illness is covered. Of special interest is discussion of the role of other patients. It was very powerful to see others struggling to improve. Hutton also explores the role of serious illness in forming a better person. She found herself learning to be a survivor. The key was looking to the future rather than the past. One key element was deciding to attend college. At first she saw it as a coping mechanism. It ended as a goal. She graduated and started a business. The explanation of factors effecting stroke recovery is successful in showing how multifaceted stroke can be. Hutton's story is a success. She realized that when her official therapy ended she was not through with rehabilitation. Hutton found herself designing therapy. Reflection on the stress stroke puts on families is included. Families do not receive training in how to relate to stroke survivors. Everyone must take the journey to look toward the future rather than the past. Dr Caplan's medical observations are extremely helpful. He explains what is happening at each stage from a clinical perspective. Those who have experienced stroke will find answers to some questions. The book concludes with advice from both authors. Hutton's focus is on what is needed for the survivor to recover to their fullest possible potential. Caplan's remarks focus on current stroke treatment and future trends. This book is highly recommended for everyone in the stroke family. Hutton and Caplan both share insights which all will find helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2003
¿Striking Back at Stroke¿ is a wonderful journey from the abyss edge through rising and accomplishment. Cleo Hutton suffered several stroke events that took her liberty and independence. Soon, the sentence ¿Why me?¿ was replaced with an enormous willing to fight back and recover what a bad working heart had stolen from her. This book is not only a diary of Cleo¿s falling and rising. It is also a very detailed dialogue between the patient (Cleo) and the doctor (Caplan). Louis Caplan, a well-known neurologist, explains step by step all the mixed emotions and physical constrains Cleo felt during the healing process, from the first symptoms to all the long rehabilitation process. A long process of physical and psychological discomfort is described in front of our eyes, promptly commented by Caplan¿s important observations. This is an essential book for doctors, caregivers and patients. So that in the future we may have more stroke patients rebirthing from ashes to triumph. And more doctors following Caplan¿s example, that is, explaining in an accessible language every detail of the disease and recovery process. The format of this book would be an example to follow in many other clinical cases. (Paulo J. Oliveira, PhD. Post-Doc Fellow Researcher in the Center for Neurosciences and Cellular Biology of Coimbra, University of Coimbra, Portugal)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2003
I was privileged to read the pre-publication manuscript. Never has one person overcome such a crushing series of personal tragedies and bounced back to become a major player in rebuilding their life. Uncontrollable tears to rage to boistrous laughter will compel a cover-to-cover single sitting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.