May 3, 2018 by Dennis Patouhas
It's World Stroke Month. If you think about the symptoms of a stroke, what comes to mind? You probably think of slurred speech or paralysis on one side of the body. There are many other symptoms that can signal a stroke.
Many of these symptoms aren't something you'd usually be concerned about as the symptoms can happen for a number of reasons. If your parent has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smokes, it's best to contact a doctor and make sure it's not a stroke. Here are four of the less common stroke symptoms.
Dizziness and Lack of Balance
Feeling dizzy, struggling to maintain balance, and a lack of coordination can indicate many things. It can be a sign that blood sugar is low or a sign someone's been drinking too much. If your parent hasn't been drinking and eats and drinks normally, it can also be a sign of a stroke.
Your parent seemed to get a good night's sleep. However, your mom or dad is struggling to stay alert and is tired enough to go to sleep. You're sitting talking to your parents at the dinner table and your dad starts to fall asleep. That's a potential warning sign. If there's no reason for the fatigue, it's best to call a doctor and see what the doctor thinks.
Sudden Nausea and/or Vomiting
Your parent wakes up and feels fine. Hours later, your parent is sick to his or her stomach. Nausea is bad enough, but your parent is throwing up, too. While this could simply be a sudden stomach bug, it's also a sign of a stroke.
Sudden Vision Changes
Vision can suddenly change with a stroke. Your parent may start having a hard time seeing things with one or both eyes. The vision may seem okay, but the peripheral vision (vision to the sides of the head when looking forward) worsens.
Make Sure Your Parent Has Necessary Support for the Recovery
After a stroke, a senior needs plenty of help in the home. Many stroke victims return home after therapy and require a walker or wheelchair. It can be hard to keep up with usual routines. Doing laundry and cooking meals are just two of the challenges your parent faces after a stroke.
If your mom or dad is recovering from a stroke, make sure they have the elderly care they need. Hire caregivers to drive them to rehab sessions and follow-up appointments. Caregivers can help your parent with transfers in and out of a bed, shower, tub, or chair/sofa. Caregivers can cook meals, do laundry, and take care of most housework. Talk to an elderly care specialist to find out more about post-stroke recovery services.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in New Canaan, CT, please contact the caring staff at Comfort Keepers of Greenwich, CT. Call today: (203) 433-5107.