BEFORE YOU START: Please note that although I currently volunteer for both the Stroke Association and Age UK, the views expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a spokesperson for either (or, indeed, for any) organisation, and I accept complete responsibility for the views expressed herein. As indicated by the domain name, I am based in the UK and the blog therefore has a UK bias - I've tried to use the Glossary to explain any ambiguous terms, but if you think there is anything I've missed, please message me.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Drop-in 18-Apr-2018

One thing that every stroke survivor needs is the belief that things will improve, even years later. Sure, you need realism but you have to believe that things will get better.

As I often speak about here, many of you will know, since my stroke I've visited the very ward where I was nursed (originally, I wrote "treated" here, but actually there was no treatment except physiotherapy), just to chat to people with a view to helping them come to terms with their new predicament. I'm not a clinicial but at least I've walked in the same shoes.

Imagine my surprise yesterday, when I learned that one of the doctors had been saying to people "get used to your new circumstances because you'll never get any better from where you are now".

I mean, part of me is sad because this is obviously the kind of message that the UK's NHS is told to spread, but equally it'd spur me on just to prove the dopey git wrong.

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