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Tell us what you've found useful as an aid to your recovery (such as relaxation techniques etc.) and discuss natural diet advice/healthy living tips. This is also the forum to post in, if you need or can offer advice on Benefits that can be claimed after a SAH/Stroke
Hello Janet, and thanks or your positive comments about the comments on this thread which have given you so much comfort about your recovery.
It is human nature to try and get back to normal following a major trauma, however as you now realise.... with SAH … pressing on in these early days can be even more detrimental to `getting there` .
So glad you have accepted that a much reduced working week is your way ahead. It may well be the case that in time you will be able to gradually increase your time at work. Keep taking that long term approach …. you are early days at 2 months. Work and family life do require to fall into pace with you …. and share your feelings with your son and husband who are also still adapting their thought and lives as they see what is happening to mum. So glad your employer is accommodating too.
Non of us, sufferers and Carers alike probably knew anything about `SAH` before it hit us so dramatically... and perhaps even cruelly …. those you meet need you to share what it is like with them and if they are genuine in their concern... they will be there for you.
Take care … and keep positive through these early months
I found this thread to be very comforting. It is 2 months since my bleed and I am still adjusting to life as a recovering person. I’ve always been full of energy and purpose- often with plans to accomplish numerous tasks or fun during the day.
I’ve always felt the need to “live life to its fullest!” Now, suffering from dizziness and fatigue, I plan only one or two things (if any). I feel so guilty if my son comes home from school and I’m in bed (which I call “my nest”) resting.
I am very fortunate that I am able to reduce my working hours to just one day a week. I love my job, but I have to be realistic about the exhaustion and lack of energy. People look at me and say I look great. They say "how are you doing?", and I know they are expecting me to say “I’m fine, feeling great!” Instead, my honest answer is “I’m hanging in there.
The recovery is slow.” I wonder if I should just change my answer to “I’m fine.” The problem is, I’m not fine. I am grateful to be alive. But I’m not the energetic person that I once was. I consider myself an optimist, but sometimes I get very sad about this.
Thanks Catwoman. As stated in my original, and subsequent posts, everyone on the course is monitored by both the NHS (our free National Health Service) and by our general practitioner. We attend regular meetings with a dietician and food psychologist. We also have exercise sessions in the meetings (if you don't exercise in every day life).
Actually, diet 'soda' is one of the drinks of which you can have a can or two every day if you wish. Full sugar soda is a no-no and frankly should be banned, along with the smoothies that you buy which purport to be healthy but which actually have more sugar in them than the full fat 'soda' drinks!
Out shopping this week for more clothes as my old trousers (pants) are now too small. Yay!
A very warm welcome to BTG
Well done for getting back to work and really hope you can resolve your shoulder pains.
Just a thought, a while after my SAH, i experienced shooting pains from my shoulder down my arm and i could not lift anything without terrible pain.
I went straight to my GP who sent me for an X ray and it came back i had severe Calcific tendonitis. Just came out of nowhere, thankfully nothing to do with my SAH. I had to have keyhole surgery to remove the calcification.
Ultrasound therapy helped me at first, but it kept coming back with a vengeance, hence the surgery.
Good luck and take care.
A very warm welcome to BTG, glad you found us.
You have certainly come to the right place for lots of helpful information and friendly caring support.
How you are feeling at the moment is all very normal, you have been through a major trauma.
Rest up as you have been and drink plenty of water. Listen to your body and be kind to yourself.
We look forward to hearing more from you and please feel welcome to join in the daily banter in the Green Room.
Love Tina xx