After a Stroke: 500 Tips for Living Well

After a Stroke: 500 Tips for Living Well

by Cleo Hutton

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An essential resource for all stroke survivors and their families and caregivers.

Updated and expanded new edition of the popular resource written by a stroke survivor who has spent 24 years helping other survivors live life to the fullest potential. After a Stroke: 500 Tips for Living Well is filled with practical tips and support to help you cope with the lifestyle changes that come in the wake of a stroke. This book will show you how to:

• Get the medical care you need
• Integrate robotics and other modern tools to help prevent spasticity and make daily life easier
• Navigate personal relationships as one partner becomes a survivor and another a caregiver
• Incorporate alternative and integrative therapies into your recovery
• Connect with organizations and outreach centers for stroke patients
• Get the most out of home care
• Cut through rhetoric with frank, candid, and truthful answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The second edition includes three totally new chapters, over 200 more tips, and covers the latest in stroke prevention, medical treatment, and rehabilitation to help survivors transition from being a patient to returning to a life well-lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936303960
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/28/2016
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 586,523
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Cleo Hutton, Author, Speaker, and Advocate for Stroke Awareness and Recovery Issues

Cleo Hutton authored After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, Demos Medical Publishing, in 2005, and coauthored, with Louis R. Caplan, MD, Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal, in 2003. She also contributed to the books Stroke by Louis R. Caplan, MD, and Brain Attack, the Journey Back, edited by Liz Pearl.

Cleo is a 24-year ischemic stroke survivor and has had prior working experience in nursing. Her extensive campaign to spread the word about stroke awareness and recovery has been carried on national radio shows and television broadcasts, including CNN Health, and featured in several magazines, including Prevention, Cerebrum, and Stroke Smart.

Cleo is a compassionate speaker who uses her heart, humor, and experience to deliver a message of hope and healing by breaking paradigms rooted in myths and misconceptions concerning stroke. In 2014, Cleo received the 16th Annual Journey Award from Essentia Health Rehabilitation Services at Essentia Health, Duluth, Minnesota. In 2006, she received Northland News Center's Women in Leadership Award. In 1996, she received the American Heart and Stroke Hero Award.

At the young age of 50, Cleo graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a major in English and a minor in professional writing and communication. She chose these subjects in order to relearn communication and aid comprehension, reading, and writing skills.

The mother of three adult children and a grandmother, Cleo lives in Minnesota with her two Tabby cats, Buddy and Lucy. Cleo is an avid reader who knits and exercises daily. She also volunteers for numerous community services and events.

The name, Cleo Hutton, is a pseudonym for medical and family privacy.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Home Recovery (Tips 1-124) 1

Plateau (Tips 1-4) 1

Terminology (Tips 5-12) 3

Reading and Comprehension (Tips 13-21) 4

Emotional Lability/Pseudobulbar Affect (Tips 22-24) 7

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Tips 25 and 26) 8

Depression (Tips 27-41) 9

Rest (Tips 42-47) 12

Anger Versus Rage (Tips 48-52) 13

Adaptation (Tips 53-64) 14

Adaptive Aids (Tips 65-82) 16

Medications (Tips 83-96) 19

Spasticity and Shnulder Subluxation (Tips 97-105) 22

Central Nerve Pain/Thalamic Pain (Tips 106 and 107) 26

Comfort Measures (Tips 108-124) 27

2 Activities of Daily Living (Tips 125-177) 31

Personal Care (Tips 125-126) 31

Bathing or Showering (Tips 127-140) 32

Dressing and Undressing (Tips 141-153) 35

Nail Care (Tips 154-158) 37

Shaving (Tips 159-168) 38

Hair Care (Tips 169-171) 40

Dental Care (Tips 172-177) 41

3 Taking the Sting Out of Stroke (Tips 178-192) 43

Self-Esteem (Tips 178-184) 43

The Healing Power of Humor (Tips 185-192) 45

4 Nutrition (Tips 193-216) 49

Dysphagia (Tips 193-198) 49

Mealtimes (Tips 199-200) 50

Nutrition (Tips 201-216) 51

5 Around the House (Tips 217-279) 55

Cooking (Tips 217-233) 55

Cleaning (Tips 234-259) 58

Tips for Carrying Things (Tips 259-265) 63

Home Maintenance (Tips 266-229) 64

6 Out and About (Tips 280-365) 69

Using a Smartphone, Cell Phone, or Telephone (Tips 280-292) 69

Car Travel (Tips 293-296) 71

Airline Travel (Tips 297-306] 72

Adaptive Recreation (Tips 307-340) 74

Driving After Stroke (Tips 341-354) 79

Restaurant Dining (Tips 355-350) 82

Invisible Disability (Tips 360-365) 82

7 Relaxation (Tips 366-393) 85

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Guided Imagery (Tips 366-380) 85

Gentle Yoga/Chair Yoga (Tips 381-386) 88

Music (Tips 387-389) 89

Mirrors (Tips 390-393) 90

8 Brain Builders (Tips 394-469) 93

Organization (Tips 394-401) 93

Exercising (Tips 402-407) 94

Television Brain Power (Tips 408-412) 96

Technology (Tips 413-423) 97

Returning to Work (Tips 424-429) 99

Home Office (Tips 430-440) 100

Hobbies (Tips 441-446) 102

Talents (Tips 447-449) 104

Miscellaneous (Tips 450-458) 104

Pet Care (Tips 459-462) 106

Games (Tips 463-469) 107

9 Sexual Relationships (Tips 470-490) 109

Intimacy (Tips 474-485) 110

Positioning (Tips 486-487) 111

Touch and Sight (Tips 488-490) 111

10 Family Care (Tips 491-512) 113

Family Members and Family Relationships (Tips 491-498) 113

Positive Support (Tips 499-501) 115

Children of Stroke Survivors (Tips 502-512) 116

Motherhood and Surviving a Stroke 117

11 Stroke Prevention (Tips 513-523) 119

Tips for Stroke Prevention (Tips 513-523) 119

12 Medical Aspect of Stroke 123

Stroke Centers 123

Stroke Research 124

13 Frequently Asked Questions 127

Seven Questions From Stroke Survivors 127

Epilogue 133

Resources 135

Index 139

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