Stroke and Diabetes

My name is Louis Albert. I am disabled and use this Web Page
to communicate with the world. I have  "FLUENT" APHASIA!
In 1983 I began using insulin for my Type-2 -  DIABETES. In May of 1995 I had a severe stroke. Because of the stroke and the resulting aphasia, I am totally disabled. I have trouble reading and WRITING. Between Dragon Systems, Inc. , and WordPerfect I am almost able to communicate in writing! I have always enjoyed and used photography. I hope my "pages" are both enjoyable and information.
More Stuff   Is more of the story, and I hope interesting!
I am totally disabled! Aphasia, stroke and diabetes make you depressed.  I hope I get use to the idea soon!
(It's been more than five years!)

Margaret, my wife, respond about a man who's wife just had a stoke: "When Lou had his stroke I had no idea what to do or what to expect. One of the biggest things was getting therapy as early a possible. The earlier your wife begins to relearn what she has lost the better she will be. Lou could not speak of anything coherently for the first couple days. He thought he was telling us what he wanted or needed but he did not make any sense. It was slow but he did make progress. He made a lot of  progress at the beginning, and slower progress as the weeks and months progressed. The hardest thing for me was to be patient and try to figure out what he was trying to talk about.

Often he could tell me all kinds of non essential things about the person he wanted to tell about but not the name of the person. Different stroke victims react differently to stress and pain. You have to remember how frustrating it has to be to try to communicate and not be able to get your thoughts across to the other person.

Take care of yourself and get rest and eat right. You are the anchor your wife has to cling to. Be sure you have a lot of help when your wife comes home. They need a lot of care and it is like taking care of a stranger at first. It seems that the hospital sends these people home with a minimum of instruction as to their care or what you can expect. Talk to the social worker and any nurse who will help you.

Your site must certainly have helped many people, and shown them that life is not necessarily over when confronted with a serious illness.... Pat
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"Diabetes is a wonderful affection, not very frequent among men, being a melting down of the flesh and limbs into urine. life is short, disgusting and painful, thirst unquenchable, death inevitable." - Aretaeus, the Cappadocian c. 200

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The author, Alan L. Rubin, M. D.,  Diabetes for Dummies contains everything you need to know. DFD is written in a clear, concise form for the non-professional. It is filled with important information presented so that the reader can find exactly what he or she needs. It is presented with humor, not to trivialize the disease but to make learning more enjoyable.
coverThe Johns Hopkins Guide to Diabetes : For Today and Tomorrow
Written by a team of Johns Hopkins practitioners, this accessible guide addresses everything about diabetes that patients need to know for good control and good health. The book offers detailed discussions of managing the disease with blood glucose monitoring, diet, exercise, and medications.
coverAfter Stroke : Enhancing Quality of Life   by Wallace Sife (Editor), Brings together advice, practical survival techniques, information about resources, and personal stories of triumph by those who have experienced a stroke. Perspectives from friends, family, and stroke survivors, as well as professional therapists, show how to create a climate for healing and how to help the survivor attain the highest quality of life possible.  coverRecovering at Home After a Stroke : A Practical Guide for You and Your Family  by Florence Weiner, Mathew H. M. Lee, Harriet Bell, Howard A. Rusk. 
coverHand Recovery after Stroke, Exercises and Results Measurements by Johannes G. Smits, et al . A manual designed for occupational therapists to use with their stroke patients, or for stroke patients to use independently, providing a variety of hand exercises that will rebuild strength and dexterity.  Twenty-five exercises designed by a scientists who is a stroke survivor review the purpose of each exercise, give a brief description, and list needed items. Step-by-step instructions on performing the exercise follow, along with discussion. Johannes Smits is associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University; Smits-Boone is an artist and poet.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR  coverThe First Year Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Gretchen Becker. If you read only one book after you are diagnosed with diabetes, make it The First Year--Type 2 Diabetes 

Gretchen Becker was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996. Since then she has educated herself on every aspect of this chronic condition--by reading medical and scientific books and journals, talking with doctors, using the Internet to communicate daily with other people who have diabetes, and by listening to her own body. Now, as a "patient-expert," she guides all those newly diagnosed step-by-step through their first year with diabetes. In a unique format, The First Year--Type 2 Diabetes walks you through everything you need to learn and do each day of your first week after diagnosis, each subsequent week of the first month, and each subsequent month of The First Year. 

The Family Guide to Surviving Stroke and Communication Disorders
 Speechless: My Recovery from Stroke by Jennifer Gordonmk

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