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Kitchen Tips By Stroke Survivor, George Fassett, Sr.

Stroke Survivor's WhiteboardI had an old whiteboard hanging around, it was a smaller one. Took off the grandkids' artwork and set up a display in the computer room on an unused corkboard and found that the whiteboard fit vertically on the right side of the side-by-side. Bingo! Now a convenient place to jot down notes and groceries, and to practice my board-writing! (As you can see, writing is a big improvement but a long ways to go).

But, this overcomes some memory problems and for my wife's convenience (she ok'd it immediately! And for her to leave notes for me!) I just used double-stick tape to securely hold it on, but it can be removed fairly easily too. From our therapy class, "If you Think It, Ink It!"

Measuring Cup for CoffeeTo fill the coffee maker, I bought a cheap plastic pitcher and marked where a half pot and whole pot is on it and fill to one of those marks as appropriate. It is much easier to pour with my hand and much safer; keeps me from breaking the pot, handling the weight and sloshing, etc.; much, much safer.

Avoid an accident as much as possible before a dangerous one happens (and delaying coffee!!!).

Dressing Tips By Stroke Survivor, Howard Myers

      I was struggling with buttoning the top button and the collar buttons on my dress shirts when I was looking in the mirror even though I did not have any residual effects from the stroke in using my hands. A cardiologist suggested that I try closing my eyes and do it.

Amazingly it works. Apparently either my brain was mixing up the visual signal I was getting back from the mirror so having my eyes closed stopped that, or my hands had retained the “muscle memory” to be able to do it without watching.            

Reading Post-Stroke By Caregiver, Mary Bager-Haynes

Today we found help for my husband regarding reading. My husband lost all of his peripheral vision after his stroke. We went to Joanne’s Craft shop where we found an assortment of magnifying glasses with lights in different sizes.  He is happy because this was really useful for him to read. They also have LED floor and table lamps that are helpful for reading.  

Our next purchase will be a Sony CD player with earphones to use with audio books.  Hope these tips help others who have lost most of their sight.

Tips for Tackling Post-Stroke Depression by Stroke Survivor, Brittany Reinhard
I am a young 23-year-old, mother and stroke survivor. Thank God, physically I recovered pretty well for the most part. Although I have a lot of depression that I suffer from. It makes me feel so much better to know that it is normal! When I get to feeling really down and out I try to think about the sunshine (even if it isn't out), a place that makes me happy (like a beach), and I listen to positive, happy music! It usually helps me for the most part! I hope that this will also help someone else out.

Dressing Tips By Stroke Survivor, John Moses

John Moses SuspendersI have always valued both my appearance and my independence. I invest in nice clothes for business and coordinate my outfits every day. However, following my stroke in 2012, my independence was severely threatened. With one-side neglect, I knew I had to brainstorm innovative ways to independently get things done. For example, I’ve found that suspenders, also known as braces, are an easy, fashionable way to get my pants on and stay on. Without suspenders, it is nearly impossible to hold pants up while simultaneously fastening the button or clasp or zippering my pants.

Here are my tips for putting on suspenders:
1. You can get two types of suspenders – those with a clasp closure and those with a button closure. Button closures are typically more expensive ($60+) but I personally prefer the button closures since I think they look very sleek. Oftentimes, the clasp closure suspenders do unfasten.
2. You can purchase suspenders at most retail clothing stores, but I typically buy mine at Jos. A. Bank. They have a variety of nice options, and they are often on sale so I can buy them for less than retail price (around $15-20 when they are originally $60-75!).
3. Since I prefer button suspenders, I have to get buttons sewed into the inside of the waist of my pants in order to secure the suspenders.
4. If you or someone you know can sew, it is pretty easy to sew the buttons into the pants. If not, take your pants to your local tailor like I did. Mine have two buttons on each side of the front (4 total in the front) and then one in the back (2 total in the back).
5. If you do them yourself, the buttons need to be 3 ¼ inches apart. The back is easy, place one button on each side of the back seam 1 5/8 inches on each side of the seam. The sides require a bit more work. Measure the distance from the side seam to the front of the pants, then find the center and again, place one button on each side of the center spot 1 5/8 inches on either side of the center spot.
6. Once you have buttons in your pants, you can attach the suspenders to the buttons. Loosen all the way and adjust after putting on for the first time.
7. Put the pants on one leg at a time.
8. Pull the pants up past your feet so that you can stand up without standing on them and then all the way up to your waist.
9. With your “good” hand, take the loop of your suspenders and put it over your shoulder on your “bad” side.
10. Then using your “good” hand, pull the other loop onto your “good” side.
11. The pants should now be aligned closely enough so you can zipper and fasten the button of your pants.
12. The suspenders should be fitted to your size, so feel free to adjust the metal clasps to make them tighter or looser.
13. Get ready for a lot of compliments!

Eating Tips By Stroke Survivor, Christina Goodermote

When I had my stroke, it was in the motor skills part of my brain. I had difficulty feeding myself and certain foods gave me the most trouble. Peas- it's hard enough trying threat peas with a fork even before having brain damage, so there was no way I was getting those little things on my fork with no hand strength and the inability to barely lift the fork to my mouth. So, I used a spoon and was able to end up with more peas eaten than what had fallen off! Victory! With that, I basically regained most of my independent eating ability by using a spoon to eat most of my foods and 9 years later, I'm still using a spoon to eat my peas!

Prevention Tips

Healthy Eating Tips by Stroke Survivor, Lisa Williams

If blood pressure was the leading factor of your stroke, look for apps that will help you easily keep track of your sodium intake. Read, read, read labels. Fresh fruits and vegetables help fill you up and have very little sodium. Spice it up when you cook and soon you won't notice you're not adding salt to your foods.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Stroke Support Groups By Occupational Therapist, Keri Kinniburgh

Get involved in community support group . Bring a family member or a friend. By sharing your story you can help others including yourself.

Take Time for You By Stroke Survivor, Gina Morrison

Take time for you to rest and relax. It is important for both survivors and caregivers to take the time to take care of ourselves. Relax by reading, taking a walk, and meditating.

Challenge Yourself By Stroke Survivor, Aisha Omaghomi

I am a stroke survivor and I have found out that I consciously try to pick things up with my weak affected hand, so as not to concentrate more on using the non-affected hand always. Though it slows me down and is frustrating, I insist on using it.

Keep Moving By Stroke Survivor, Annette Hawkins

My stroke tip is to keep moving. Any exercise helps. I took a free Matter of Balance class thru Lifespan and it helped me get back into exercise.

Encouraging Messages

Staying Positive By Caregiver, Tracy Snuffer

My husband had a stroke 2 months ago. He is still in the beginning stages of recovery but things improve a little bit every day. Remember that, love, support and prayer goes a long way. Stay positive!

Always Believe By Stroke Survivor, Theresa Hamilton

Always BELIEVE and on those days when you don't feel like you can go on, Thank God because we survived another day! Put your best smile on, pick your head up and BELIEVE!

Love and Support By Stroke Survivor, Tony Siu

After my stroke and rehabilitation I learned a lot about myself and my family. One tip that I have for others is to gain strength from your family and friends. I don't know if I would have fought as hard as I did without my husband, newborn baby, and our families. Their love and support gave me the strength to relearn everything.

Stay Positive By Stroke Survivor, Stacey Riegel

My tip is just to remain positive. Surround yourself with motivational people, readings, cd's... I had a board that I was constantly putting little pictures up on that reminded me to stay strong and never to give up!

Stay Motivated By Stroke Survivor, Amy Britton

Find something that will keep you motivated. Reward yourself even for the little successes.

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