One thing that I learned very early on in my stroke was the need to maintain and provide stimulation to the effected side. I was a nurse, paramedic, clinic manager and just felt like I needed to stimulate my body even though I had lost all feeling. I have since learned that the brain is extremely flexible but gives away space if function is not active. That space that the brain gives to other functions is difficult to get back after it has been reassigned. You can provide stimulation and constantly remind the brain of the connection and maintain that activity space through stimulation. This is done by gently rubbing the entire effected area daily. This reminds the brain of the connection as it is being rebuilt. Do not scrub the area or cause redness or skin deterioration. Gently rub the area. When we suffer a stroke it is a stroke of the brain not the limbs.
Begin your own journal by getting a special blank book or opening a new document in “Pages” (Mac) or “Word” (Microsoft). Begin by adding a new comment each day that you are thankful for. It could be the weather, a person, an event, or anything that comes to mind. Now if you do this daily… after a year you’ll have 365 things listed… for me I started over 25 years ago and I have thousands of things to be thankful for. Why do this? 17 years ago I suffered a severe stroke…and each of us will have a day where something happens… and we are sad and tempted to become depressed. It is at those times that the list or book becomes a powerful thing to read, think on, and pray through. Gratitude and depression cannot co-exist. Life is a buffet of choices...eat up! Remember: Life is a gift and living is a choice!