Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Approximately two weeks ago my husband had an acute stroke. He is currently in a physical rehabilitation facility, and prognosis is positive. At his point his whole left side has been effected from the stroke. What most do not know is that I have been home caring for my husband for several years. Etch day is getting better, yet with this type of stroke it has a slow and painful recovery time.
The children and I are doing our best to keep our spirits raised, and all the prayers and good thoughts from family and friends has been its own blessings. We are taking life one day at a time, with a positive approach.
Getting back to palliative care. This was a term that I was unfamiliar with and had to look it up. What I had gain from learning what this is truly surprised me, because I had been doing it for last several years. Palliative care is when a person is being taken care for a single medical issue or multiple medical issues over a long period time. I had always associated it with hospice care, which in turn I also learned is given in the terminal stages, and not before than. I did not actually realize how tired I had become for taking care of my husband by myself. It's not that I am afraid to ask for help, but I thought being a wife and spouse meant that you did what you needed to do, and that was that. Now, I am more understanding of why my energy level felt like they were on a consistent depleted mode. I can also say that there has been some major guilt trips that I have put myself through over the last week in not having him home, and on the flip side I know that he is being taken well care of where he is recuperating.
For now, we are taking it, one day at a time....