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Roughest week yet, 3 months after stroke


TahoeGirl

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What can I say, this has been the roughest week yet since my stroke. My anxiety and depression have really escalated the past week. I saw my doctor and just started taking Zoloft. I understand it takes a bit to kick in. I've lost my appetite and nothing sounds good. It took all my will just to get out of bed and come to work today. I am seeing a therapist this afternoon so hope that will help to talk to someone. My mind has just been going crazy lately, don't know if it's stroke recovery or what's going on. Just want to be happy again. I've got 3 girls relying on me and much supportive family. We leave for AZ on vacation this Monday, which may be a part of the anxiety, but I know it will be good to get away. I didn't realize how hard mental recovery is, and how difficult it is to get through each day.

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The mental part/ Depression is the single worst part of stroke --- at least from my point of view... it the sneakiness of it... how it is at the bottom of everything... but i may be projecting ... just a little feedback.... you have 3 children -- they of course are your reason to get up and move... and you are, and will continue to... i think you will feel much better soon.. !!

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Please keep in mind that you are three months post and it can take up to six months for that brain swelling to resolve. There are going to be some changes along that route and my guess is that while all this is truly positive, you are having trouble adjusting to the changes your brain is undergoing. Areas are receiving blood supply that may have been reduced by the swelling and connections are being resolved.

 

Antidepressants do take some time - few weeks anyway - to kick and yes, please do continue with your therapist. Managing a household, three girls and now prepping for a vacation is a lot on your plate, this early on in recovery. Do take some time to relax and you must nap or at least rest when your body says to. Have a wonderful trip and please plan in some down time. Debbie

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Hi TG, nice to be able to welcome a new member to our Blog Community. I look forward to finding out more about you and how you go through life. It seems like you have got over the stroke in most aspects except for the depression. I hope the Zoloft fixes that and if not that you find an anti-depressant that does.

 

I am Sue, Blog Moderator, widow of Ray who I looked after for 13 years as his caregiver and accompanied on his stroke journey for 22 years as he first stroked at 48. I would never have it any other way. For me blogging has been very therapeutic and has helped me sort my life out. Keep on blogging, it is good to tell your story and you can share times good and bad with us. We will support you to the best of our ability.

 

Sue.

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TG,

 

SINCE NO TWO STROKES ARE ALIKE, WE WELCOME YOU TO OUR "FAMILY" WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. I LOOK FORWARD TO CHATTING WITH YOU SOON.

-WILL

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