Educating loved ones
So, there I was, bench pressing 20 kilos of weight, using an Olympic bar and two 10 kilo plates, as you do, when it dawned on me that...." I wonder if the ones closest to you actually know what is going on", I mean, what is really going on. Is there a small tutorial that they can listen to, or watch, that will give them an idea of what a stroke patient has to deal with from day to day. I mean, yes we all know you can drag a horse to water, but can you make them drink. I know there are great podcasts, pamphlets and papers written about this very subject and I know every stroke is different, however, what a pain it is to sift through this information. And I'm telling you, there is no way a teenager, with the attention span of a gnat, will do this...... sorry kid's, love you! My carer finds this is very similar to other ailments like Parkinson's, cancer and dementia. Loved ones, who are thrown into the ring, may not fully understand what challenges we have to face. Not sure I'm being very clear. For example:
- Why does Dad walk as if he has had half a case of beer.
- What does this word "fatigue" mean. Obviously nothing to do with too much KFC then!
- Why does Dad call a spade, a spade.
- Is Dad learning a new language.
- Why has our stock of wine glasses diminished
- I've seen shorter fuses sticking out of dynamite.
- Right, you've had your fun, now get back to normal..... tomorrow...... please, I need you to replace my brake pads.
Ok, so here are my thoughts, a short video (5 minutes, remember, gnat), starring Matt Damon, ok maybe not, highlighting relevant topics to a stroke Survivor. It'll have to be fairly high level, covering common challenges. What say you Stroke Foundation..... maybe there is already something out there. If so I would like to share, and no Mum, I can't do the splits.....