Stroke survivor: a personal guide to recovery by Andy McCann

By Andy McCann

On the age of 37, Andy McCann used to be bodily healthy, robust and in reliable overall healthiness. Then, mid-way via teaching his weekly martial arts type, he skilled a stroke and was once rushed to clinic. till then, the observe 'stroke' had intended little to Andy, and during this e-book he recounts the various problems in studying to dwell together with his new scenario. humorous, poignant and informative, the e-book is not only a private tale, but in addition bargains a wealth of recommendation and knowledge for a person who desires to understand extra approximately strokes. He explores a vast variety of concerns skilled through stroke survivors, from the very sensible issues of handling monetary safeguard and realizing scientific techniques and terminology to the extra own demanding situations of coming to phrases with a brand new experience of vulnerability and working with the attitudes of family and friends. the typical thread all through is Andy's insistence that he'll no longer be a 'stroke sufferer' yet a 'stroke survivor', decided to reside together with his new set of situations in a good manner. This ebook is a compelling but useful resource of knowledge that might be valued by means of execs and sufferers alike - even if a fellow stroke survivor, a involved friend or a well-being or social care specialist operating with stroke sufferers.

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I did not know then how familiar they would become to me over the following months. It inflated automatically and then deflated over a period of seconds. It provided her with my systolic and diastolic BP readings, my heart rate and a blood oxygen saturation analysis. Then she attached pads to my chest and connected me to an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, which bleeped continuously, and she shone an ophthalmoscope into my eyes. Paul and Mark, having followed in a car, were outside and had briefed the doctor as to the symptoms I had shown in the gym.

I remembered his words. ’ I was genuinely moved when I saw him giving the television interview, but only when lying on that trolley did his words have real meaning. I immediately thought back to myself, and in my ignorance as to the possible consequences of my situation thought, ‘What good is a teacher who can’t speak? ’ It was probably around this time I went cold as the seriousness of the situation sunk in. Forget about teaching, what if this was going to be the physical state I would be in for the rest of my life?

Frank was the first person I communicated with on the ward when I regained a degree of consciousness the day before, which was my first morning on the ward. I didn’t have much choice at the time, as when I had opened my eyes, he was sitting on my bed grinning, with a mouth full of what seemed like unusually white dentures. ‘You came in at four o’clock this morning, but you probably don’t remember,’ Frank had said, seeming happy to fill in the gaps that he thought I might have in my mind. ’ Talking to him for the first time, I could not have cared less whether I had caused a huge disturbance when I had arrived.

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