Stroke Recovery Time is Different For Everyone

Stroke Recovery 2When you hear of people suffering from a stroke you have no idea just how badly this has affected them. It can be totally debilitating or may not have any obvious effects at all. Consequently stroke recovery will happen over different time spans for different people.

My brother was found unconscious in the back yard by a neighbour. In hospital they did a CT scan and told him that he had suffered a stroke. Apart from the fact that he was unconscious, he had no other effects at all, even though he said he felt more tired than usual.

When finally my sister in law agreed to see a doctor because she was not well at all, they discovered that she had suffered around 200 mini strokes. She was losing the use of her brain, but her family thought this was because of the heavy dringing she did.

When I had my stroke I could not understand what was being said to me. The next day I discovered that I could not read and that was devastating for me as I was an author. However, the ‘Alexia without Agraphia’ that I suffered from enabled me to write, even though I could not read what I had written! But even worse for me was that the medical team also discovered that I had a tumour in the brain. As the tumour was life threatening, it made the stroke seem pretty insignificant.

While in hospital my husband and I set up a chart to measure my problems and successes so that I could assess just how well I was recovering. I wanted a list of all the changes as they occurred. It was important to me that I was able to assess my recovery step by step. I made other lists too: what could I still do (as opposed to what I used to be able to do) and concentrated on those skills I still had. Another list was made up of all the tasks I really wanted to be able to do and what challenges I would have to face so that I could accomplish them.

As soon as my strength came back and I did not feel so weak, I set about trying to do the things I used to do. I was somewhat slower but I was determined to do the house chore I liked to do e.g. preparing meals and let others take over the chores I did not like e.g. doing the dishes. I managed to use the computer again, but could only concentrate for a couple of hours at a time. But that was OK – I just had to train myself not to feel guilty about taking a longer lunch, or having a snooze in the middle of the day.

I had to take care of myself so that I could still do what I wanted to. I realised that I could really do anything I wanted; I just had to figure out ‘how’. It soothes the soul to know that we can achieve a life that we enjoy and feel comfortable with. Accept that your life might be different in some ways and enjoy what you can still do. Have this attitude and your stroke recovery time will be lessened.

If you would like to know more about how I coped with my disabilities and how I remained positive and highly motivated, you can read my book.

Tips and Hints 

Don’t be impatient about how long you are taking to reach a goal. Keep a chart of just what you do and how you do it. Adding numbers to your achievements makes you feel as though you are achieving and getting closer to your full recovery. My husband has had a full knee replacement and he has to finally reach 130 degrees of movement in the knee. His first measurement was 50, then 70, 80 and now there is 95 degrees of movement. Slowly but surely he is getting there and so will you. Meause your progress and feel proud of your achievement.

26 thoughts on “Stroke Recovery Time is Different For Everyone

  1. Lisa Perkins

    You are correct, Everyone’s Recovery time is different, and a lot of it depends on the physical effects they experience during their recovery… Another Huge part is how strong one can be during this time, and how willing or capable one is to work through the challenges ahead.

  2. rebeca

    superb article and great information and tips on Stroke Recovery must read by everyone and get some information about it like it

  3. Tara York

    Everybody’s different when it comes to most things, especially illness. There are just too many variables, much less scientific ones that only medical professionals can explain. Some of them, not even in great-enough precision. It is what it is and it’s best to focus on the positive rather than being in an anxious state. Never lose hope!

  4. Kris H

    I often feel impatient about trying to reach a goal and give up. In the future I’ll try to keep in mind that being patient is what matters. I like the idea about charting my progress in dealing with with my goal. Having a visible list that shows how far I’ve come in reaching my goal.

  5. Ana B.

    You’re quite right that recovery time is different for everyone. I like the idea of setting goals and measuring your progress; eventually you will get there.

  6. Debbie Boulier

    The severity and location of the stroke usually gives you an idea of how long recuperation can be and if it’s a really bad stroke, healing may not be 100 percent. It takes a lot of determination and I really need to give you and your husband ‘high fives’. You both are truly an inspiration to other people.

  7. Tiffany

    I am a nurse at an assisted living facility. I see many stroke victims come through and every case is different. I believe that your tips will be very useful for them and for me as i help them with their struggles.

  8. Jack J

    I have found using charts to be very usefull. There is some really good information here and staying positive is a must for a quicker recovery but still patients is more important.

  9. Nakiba

    Keeping a chart of the things that I need to get done is one of the best ways that I stay on track. I used charts to get me through school when I obtained my degree online. I didn’t use numbers, but I did use dates.

  10. Chris W.

    I love your idea of charting your progress as you recover. It must be so exhilarating for you to keep track of all the progress you make and really motivate you to keep improving. I also like your idea about writing a list of what you can do. It sounds like a great way to build optimism.

  11. Debra Owens

    You are so right with this article! I have seen many people that seem to recover from a stroke at least
    80%, while others did not! It is a really difficult subject for those who have lost the loved one they once knew to a stroke. Please just take care of yourself and your husband!

  12. Amy

    I am impatient when it comes to recovery. I have found that talking to others in similar circumstances has helped but I will be measuring my progress as you recommend.

  13. Tina

    Thank you for your divine guidance. My father had several mini strokes last month. He lost his drivers license and can’t see properly now. He has double vision and has kinda given up on life. I’m going to read this to him to show him that there still is so much life even after something as tragic as a stroke.

  14. Lyn Collins

    I must agree that the recovery is different for everyone and many factors could be a reason for this. It can take time but patience is the key and also the support of the people around you is very important.

  15. Nicky Evans

    You make such very valid points in all your posts! My sister suffered a brain aneurysm in her late twenties and for her, the effects and recovery were devastating, one thing that did not help at all in her recovery was the fact that NO goals were set… so your advice of making charts and keeping track of ALL your successes is so very important. I am so inspired by your journey and how you share this with us, your readers. I hope your book will be a great success.

  16. sam

    I am a firefighter and a lot of times people do not show the typical stroke effects so this is a great read. I am going to pass this along to my co-workers.

  17. Wendy Mitchell

    I think pacing yourself as you recover is important. Dont over due it and just go at a speed that feels right for you.

  18. caitlin

    Very good article. It is so important to be patient with your progress when recovering from a serious illness.
    Patience and a positive attitude really helps to prevent discouragement.

  19. Son

    Great advice! Progress is often slow and it is important to recognize your progress so that you don’t give up!

  20. Jane

    We all vary with recovery. Some of us seem to be able to recover relatively quickly where others take a long time. best to get the assistance from close friends and relatives to help with the recovery process.

  21. Denise Yue

    This is an inspiring piece. Stroke victims may face serious setbacks, but through perseverance anyone can overcome whatever tragedy they have experienced. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  22. Maanji Dangu

    I personally think that everyone should read these tips, even if they dont apply to them. Just my personal opinion.

  23. Kate Hughes

    Having a stroke is a life changing experience. It is nice to hear people overcoming this everyday. Even if it is a slow and painful struggle.


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