Yesterday I blogged about strokes that stymie the brain can indeed affect the entire human body as well. One common known affect is that of partial or complete paralysis to one of the body (ordinarily a stroke only affects one side because the stroke only occurs on one side of the brain.). Complete paralysis is termed hemiplegia. If the stroke is minor and causes one side of the body to weaken, this type of paralysis is termed hemiparesis. Your client may also feel numbness or strange sensations to different parts of their body. Many times the pain is worse in their extremities, like their hands and/or feet. The pain may be worse when they move about and when the temperature changes – especially when the weather is cold.
Brain issues include issues with thinking, attention span, learning, judgment and memory. Speech patterns are affected and stroke survivors often have trouble understanding and/or forming speech.
In addition, a stroke can lead to emotional difficulties and depression. Your client may not be able to control their emotions as they once were able to and may express inappropriate emotions. You have to know while being a caretaker not to take these emotions out of context. Your client is not lashing out on purpose. Although their actions and words may be hurtful, they would most likely be embarrassed if they realized what was going on! This is one way that you can truly display that With Age Comes Respect!