Caroline, one of our community physiotherapists writes how she feels honoured and proud, to be part of Pat’s journey, following his stroke.
Following a devastating subarachnoid haemorrhage in October 2020, Pat lost his ability to control the left side of his body and lost his ability to speak. A subarachnoid haemorrhage is a type of stroke whereby there is Bleeding in the space between the brain and the tissue, covering the brain and it can be particularly devastating.
Pat had a long hospital stay complicated by a pressure sore which had a negative affect on his recovery and rehabilitation. At this stage, Pat was told that the odds of making a significant recovery were poor and that it was unlikely that he would be able to move his hand again.
Pat and his family never gave up. They formed a marvellous team and didn’t let their loved one’s illness or disability take centre stage. They stood up for Pats rights and insisted to give him another chance. They read about neuroplasticity and how the brain has the ability to learn and adapt even after the injury.
His family know that Pat loves singing and coffee. They used his life loves as prompts to engage him better in the sessions. He moves his arm to sing. He responds well to his wife’s voice from the left side. He moves his body forward to give his wife a thank you hug. Pat started to regain more movement. He now acknowledges the left side of his body after he was neglecting it for 6 months.
Family acceptance and support can help a patient deal with issues related to self-esteem and self-image, following disability. Positive attitudes and reinforcement from loved ones often help the individual work towards recovery. Family participation, flexibility, and open communication can overcome many barriers associated with disability. Families who inspire hope, can help the individual to adjust and become more confident in his or her own abilities.
Big thanks to Maria, Pat’s wife, for her dedication, unconditional love and strong belief in her husband. She never gives up on him and she is always there when needed.
Big shout to Bianca, Pat’s daughter, who is very knowledgeable, full of bright ideas to provide the best support and care to her dad. It is never too late to believe in our beloved ones.
I am so proud to be part of your team Pat.