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Sub-acute care after a stroke

The social worker at the acute-care rehab hospital where my mother is recovering from stroke suggested looking into sub-acute care centers. What should we look for? [more inside]
posted by Francolin on Feb 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Not quite a perinatologist - high risk neuro-pregnancy speciality?

I want a second opinion on getting pregnant, but don't know who to ask as my diagnosis came from a rheumatologist and gynaecologist team, while my neurologist had previously said somewhat differently, that I could not risk another pregnancy. I don't know whether to look for another team diagnosis or if there is a specialist for my particular case. [more inside]
posted by kittypaw on Dec 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Best gift for 56 yr old stroke survivor?

A very dear friend of mine (female, 56, was very physically active, runner, professor, etc.) had a stroke in late August. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Oct 31, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me entertain him ... senior stroke version

So, the end result of my previous question was a stroke a week later after the warfarin was readjusted. His stroke presented in an atypical manner, so was not treated with clot busting drugs (a decision I concurred with at the time, due to the Doctors reasoning - and we have since discussed it and are on same page with his care). Mostly it's just been a whole bunch of bad luck, so we go on from here. So, I need suggestions for games to play and tasty treats to prepare for Mr. B, details below. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Sep 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me help my friend who had a stroke, without going crazy.

I want to know if anyone has had experience with a loved one having a stroke, and did it change them permanently or temporarily? Is his new verbal introspection stroke-related? And for caregivers of loved ones with any sort of health issue, how can I be there for him, in the way he needs me, and not end up tired and cranky (which helps NO ONE). [more inside]
posted by MoxieProxy on Aug 2, 2013 - 14 answers

How to communicate with someone who just lost their speaking?

My grandma likely suffered a stroke this past week. She was speaking fine before but now she tries to talk and what comes out is sometimes Yiddish, sometimes Polish, occasionally English, but most of the time gibberish. We know she's still mostly there mentally but of course she is very frustrated. [more inside]
posted by cman on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Give me your Mantis Tiller starting hacks

I ( a small 50ish woman, with modest mechanical skills) bought myself a Mantis mini tiller, with the 2 stroke engine. I assembled it last night, using the instructional dvd included, and it all went just fine. I put the proper gas/oil mixture in, and following the instructions, started it up and tilled a bit just to say I could! Tonight, I attempted the same amazing feat, and flooded the engine. This wasn't terribly surprising, in my experience with lawn care equipment, but I was disappointed. Anyone have any cool tricks or suggestions for me to be able to start this beast consistently and easily. I did spring for the fast start model, which makes this even more ironic. I will note that I have NOT gotten it to start YET this evening. I plan to just leave it be until maybe tomorrow, to let the gas evaporate and try it again. (It was too hot to till anyway, damn it.)
posted by LaBellaStella on May 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Photoshop stroked objects and drop shadows

Photoshop semi-newbie here, using CS5. When I create a rectangular selection on a new layer over a layer with a photo, then apply a stroke to create a simple frame, I'd also like to create a subtle drop shadow that would stay outside the shape. That is, the drop shadow should show up on the outside edges of 2 of the sides of the entire rectangular selection, but not inside the other 2 edges. The drop shadow should not be applied to the stroke itself. [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on Aug 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Phone conversation with a stroke patient?

Any tips for talking on the phone to someone with cognitive damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Should I listen to my doc and start an aspirin regimen to offset risks associated with PFO?

I am a 25-year-old male. During a recent routine physical, my doctor discovered a heart murmur. Subsequent echocardiograms led to a diagnosis of patent foramen ovale (PFO). I have a history of migraines with aura, so it's kind of nice to know that this may be related. Anyway, my doctor said that I should immediately start a baby aspirin regimen to decrease my risk of a stroke. I also have a history of GI problems (IBS symptoms as a kid, occasional bleeding in the stool and other unpleasant things) and am therefore a little apprehensive about beginning the regimen. YANMD, but what do you guys think about whether the stroke risk for a 25-year-old male outweighs the GI risks associated with aspirin?
posted by Enneking on Jan 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Need a video monitor for my stroke ridden father

Need a video monitor for my stroke ridden father [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Nov 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Touch Screen Communication Devices for Aphasia.

Experiences with, or recommendations for, a touch screen communication device for aphasia? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Nov 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Resources for adult lap swimmers?

Are there helpful online resources for adults who want to learn swimming strokes? We can both swim, but we'd like to develop proper form. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Sep 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Help: Mom's health and relationship tangles

My mother had a stroke (it seems like a transient ischemic attack) but she won't be in the States until Friday morning. And there are many relationship issues mixed into this. What should I do? Previously this question. (I had decided to spend one week, this week of 3/6, at home and one week, next week, with SO.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 - 14 answers

What can people do to reduce the risk of stroke?

What can people do to reduce the risk of stroke? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Dec 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Books for adults with learning difficulties.

Interesting, intelligent, but easy-to-read and understand books for an adult with stroke-related brain damage? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Aug 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Trying to look through my dog's new eyes on the world.

My dog had a stroke. Her head is now tilted to one side and one of her eyes is sort of bulgy. I'm trying to understand what the world is like for her now. How does the world look after a stroke to the stroke victim? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Jul 21, 2010 - 10 answers

My girlfriend's father can't care for himself - how do we get help for him?

What resources are available (specifically in the state of Iowa) to assist elderly/disabled persons who require full-time care but lack the funds to be able to afford this on their own? [more inside]
posted by khelvan on Jul 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Birth control woes!

Birth control woes! My girlfriend suffers from migraines with auras, has rather heavy periods that sometimes leave her anaemic and require opiate painkillers, which means she is basically screwed for all the birth control options I can find. Ladies in this situation, have any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2010 - 39 answers

That stretch feels nice... Oh no.

Should I be worried about my nausea and dizziness earlier? [more inside]
posted by omoikkiri on Apr 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Anxiety after stroke

Anyone have experience of coping with anxiety following hemorrhagic stroke? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Apr 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Hemorrhagic stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke - what next? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Feb 4, 2010 - 6 answers

After a stroke, what do we need to know?

About 4 weeks ago, my father had a stroke. He's more or less recovered now and is finally going to see a neurologist for his follow-up. What questions should he ask? [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax on Aug 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Video games for my stepdad since his stroke?

What are some easy computer games my stepdad can play? He had a stroke a few years ago, and that has seriously limited what kind of games he can manage. He sits at home all day and plays non-stop Solitaire and FreeCell. I figure there's got to be some better options for him. [more inside]
posted by spockette on Jun 2, 2009 - 28 answers

My grandmother had a stroke and I'm looking for lists of practical words to put on flashcards for her.

My grandmother had a stroke and I'm looking for lists of practical words to put on flashcards for her. [more inside]
posted by hypervenom on May 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Which long-term care facility would you recommend in Halton Region?

Which long-term care facility would you recommend in Halton / Waterloo Region? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant on Apr 26, 2009 - 2 answers

Why would a healthy-looking 10 year old girl be going to a stroke clinic?

I teach chess to kids once a week. Yesterday one little girl, 10 years old, told me that she wouldn't be able to come to class anymore because she would be "going to the stroke clinic" 3 times a week, which conflicted with my chess class. Why would a healthy-looking 10 year old girl be going to a stroke clinic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2009 - 16 answers

What is the best aluminum boat for use with Saltwater?

What is the best aluminum boat and motor combination that can be used for saltwater or freshwater that can be towed with a Mazda 6 wagon? [more inside]
posted by Craiggy83 on Mar 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Leave To The French

Why was that eye-blinking code in Diving Bell and the Butterfly chosen? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Oct 29, 2008 - 23 answers

Preventive Medicine

Are expensive, precautionary tests for health preventive maintenance an abuse of the medical system? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Reading exercises to aid recovery from stroke

I had a stroke three months ago, and although I’ve lost very little functionality, I would like to find some sort of exercises to improve my reading and writing capability. [more inside]
posted by kthxbeth on Jul 31, 2008 - 6 answers

Migraine with aura + birth control = stroke??

What's the real deal with hormonal birth control and migraines? Internet says there are stroke risks, my doctor(s) say not to worry. Asking for general info from anyone who'd done research on this, not specific medical advice. [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy on Apr 20, 2008 - 9 answers

Please help me help my long distance, long term bedbound father

My Dad, now 70, suffered a massive stroke around 2 and a half years ago. He is quadriplegic and his wakefulness is limited. I need help to improve the quality of his life. Lots more info inside [more inside]
posted by razzman on Mar 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Help righty stroke victim regain mobility on left side!

STROKE filter: Need items to purchase/exercises to help right-handed stroke victim regain mobility on left side, please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Help the son and daughter-in-law of a compulsive hoarder!

I have some friends (a married couple) from Denver who have just found out that 1) his mother had a stroke at the age of 70, 2) his mother was a hoarder, and has kept everything in her house for the past thirty-plus years that she's been living alone (with no power, heat, or water) 3) in Peoria, IL. I'm trying to find resources that they can use on their limited budget for psychological (support group), financial, and other assistance. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Nov 19, 2007 - 10 answers

Any ideas to help a stroke victim communicate?

I need an economical way for a stroke victim to communicate via a simple keyboard or typewriter, or other simple method. [more inside]
posted by disclaimer on Sep 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Did my uncle have a stroke?

Did my uncle have a stroke? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2007 - 12 answers

What can I do about an older father's change in behavior?

A 60-something father has begun lying to me, in manipulative ways. My mom blows it off as not a big deal, as do my siblings. Is there anything I can do? Is everyone in denial? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2007 - 17 answers

What to do when doctors go bad?

I suffer from a disability unrecognized in this jurisdiction, and in most places. I now find out that several doctors missed something important, I think, and I feel very let down and not sure what to do or who I could possibly trust to help me in an objective sense. [more inside]
posted by Listener on Apr 3, 2007 - 50 answers

Where can I find a one-arm drive wheelchair that is lightweight and portable?

We would like to purchase a new wheelchair for our father, who suffered from a stroke some years ago and can only control the right side of his body. Main criteria: one-arm drive (or can be otherwise operated with only right limbs), portable and lightweight. [more inside]
posted by leptin on Mar 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me help my grandparents help my mother

Six months ago, my 50-year-old mother had a serious stroke, and the nursing home that she's in now considers her recovered enough to move on to an assisted living or daily home health care situation. I'm trying to help my 75-year-old grandparents figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Aug 9, 2006 - 6 answers

Is this another migraine symptom?

I keep losing sensation in my face; is this a new migraine symptom? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2006 - 16 answers

Stroke my Photoshop, the same way every time

Can I set defaults in Photoshop CS2? Specifically, I want to change the Layer Style "stroke" default. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Mar 14, 2006 - 4 answers

Gasoline Shelf Life

What is the shelf life of the gasoline/oil mix that is used in 2 stroke engines? I use my chain saw 2-3 times a year and mixing fresh gas/oil mix every time is both wasteful and creates a disposal problem. How often should the gasoline in my emergency generator be changed?
posted by Raybun on Feb 19, 2006 - 5 answers

Memorex?

Was Dick Clark's appearance on the "Rockin' Eve" pre-taped? [more inside]
posted by baltimore on Jan 1, 2006 - 11 answers

Mysterious cat illness

Mysterious cat illness

Last night, my cat suddenly became distraught, spent a lot of time crying, began hissing at nothing, etc. I took him to the vet, they gave him valium, he started acting drunk. Today, he can no longer walk. I took him back to the vet, and they say he has no kidney/liver problems, that he's probably really sensitive to the valium, and to let him come down for a day or so. I think he may have had a stroke, but the vet said that is really hard to diagnose. Has anyone else had experience with a cat stroke/sudden paralysis/staying high *way* too long?
posted by omphale27 on Feb 5, 2005 - 26 answers

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