Family Support for Stroke Patients - Brain obtained blood via two systems main artery. If until there is interruption of blood flow, called a stroke on one of these systems, though only a few seconds, can cause a variety of dramatic effects in many brain functions. In general, patients will experience a disability, even death.
Disability is so sudden it often makes the stroke patient difficulty adapting to new conditions so that the effect on mood. Some stroke patients are also more emotionally labile, being easily offended, easily crying or acting childish.
M. Nur (53), patients who have suffered disability due to stroke a year, admitted that he was now so easy to anger. Retired from the Department of Transportation is grateful for his wife and three children always be patient and support him.
"Now my emotions easily explode. There are things that are not pleased with just a little, I get angry and cry. Especially if the family treats me like a person with disabilities," said the man who was paralyzed half his body now.
In contrast to Nur, Lena (60) are grateful because her husband, Endang (63) who had a stroke 10 years has a stable emotion. "When compared with other stroke patients, my husband was quite calm. Only he is often lazy to do the therapy so that my recovery continues to nag him a therapy," he said.
Emotional changes, said Prof. U.S. dr.Teguh Ranakusuma, Sp.S (K), is normal. "The reduced capacity of brain tissue from stroke would also affect brain function, in addition to the function of motion also affects the psychological and attitudes. Moreover, the majority of stroke patients lose their independence," he said on the sidelines of the seminar Happy Life After Stroke in Jakarta (3/12).
Physical changes experienced by stroke patients can make them feel alienated from the people and they have the perception that he is no longer useful because they now rely on others. "Just imagine all of which become the foundation of the family now must become a family burden," said Prof.Teguh.
That is why, post-stroke recovery is intended not only to restore the independence of the patient but also restore the social aspects so that they feel life is meaningless. Prof.dr.Harsono, Sp.S (K), one of the speakers at the seminar said, the principle of rehabilitation in stroke recovery is defined as education and problem-solving process to reduce disability experienced by a person as a result of the disease.
Rehabilitation starts from the onset of stroke and continued for the long term, especially in the patient's home. Therefore, the family also needs to be trained in practical patient care in the home.
Activities that need to be considered for patients feel there is variation in life are social activities include family meetings, moderate exercise, and sharing with other stroke patients.
Lena, for example, she patiently encouraging her husband to continue to perform routine therapy and taking medication. After nearly 10 years, now Endang originally could only lie was able to walk and communicate again. She is also active in the club stroke.
Meanwhile, Nur, now trying to keep his emotions and with the limitations he tried to help his wife shop business. "Since the stroke I can no longer work, now wife to sell rice. I had a guard booth," he said.