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Do you know anyone who has had a stroke? My father had one years ago and his life was forever changed. He spent time at a VA hospital and was a very different person for the first few months. He was bed bound, couldn’t swallow- had to get a temporary feeding tube, and his personality was altered. Once when I visited him, he was swinging his arms at me like he wanted to fight.
Now, five- six years later, he’s much more “normal”. He can do very few things for himself like cooking, showering, putting clothes in/out of the washing machine, etc. He spends a lot of time watching TV and coloring with colored pencils and does a terrific job!
He has never lived independently again. He has lived in a nursing home or an apartment with help. Currently, he is in an a apartment and a CNA comes to help him shower a few times per week. Thank goodness my brothers live in the same town and check in on him daily. I wish I lived closer and could help.
Above is a good article on the effects of stroke. If you have a history of strokes in your family like I do, there are many things you can do right now to help prevent a stroke- stop smoking, keep your blood pressure under control, reduce alcohol consumption if you are a big drinker, take actions to reduce stress in your life, loose weight, and increase your daily exercise.
I was recently reminded of America’s health crisis when I read an article in our local paper about the top 10 ranked states for childhood obesity. South Carolina (my state) was ranked 2nd in the nation for childhood obesity, and 10th in the nation for overall obesity.
This is a topic that is difficult to discuss because no one wants to come across as judgmental. However, the percentage of children with diabetes has been on the rise for many years now. Children who are obese, turn into adults who are obese (more often than not). This leads to a whole range of health problems for people of all ages- children turn into adults, and adults turn into seniors. Obesity increases your risk for: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and even things you wouldn’t even consider…. like pain in the joints from excess weight. Read the rest of this entry »