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Book Review

By Lin Wisman

 

After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier"

by Cleo Hutton

 

“After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier” is just what the title suggests. Cleo Hutton,a 12 year stroke survivor, shares what she has learned during the course of her own stroke recovery. This is not a book written by someone looking from the outside, but rather contains learnings from the inside, from the perspective of a stroke survivor.

 

In the preface Hutton explains the event of stroke. Topics covered include what happened, risk factors, and an introduction to stroke recovery. A stated goal is to help survivors gain more independence. New stroke survivors and family members will find her context useful. The beginning of the book has many tips for those new to stroke. She covers areas, which may have been covered in therapy. It is often difficult to remember everything you have been taught in therapy. Therefore this book can serves as a reminder. It also covers areas which therapists may have missed or which you may not remember.

 

Hutton covers a lot of ground. In addition to basics, like showering and dressing, areas covered include cooking, using the telephone, car transfers, airline travel, adaptive recreation and driving. Tips for building new brain connections, pet care and using the computer are given. Other categories include home maintenance, carrying things, laundry and moving furniture. She spends some time writing about relationships, partners, family and friends.

 

One helpful section is on self-esteem. In this segment Hutton writes about changes, which occur with stroke, and the need for positive thinking. She touches on the need for humor.

 

As the stroke survivor progresses in their recovery some original adaptations may no longer be needed. In the book the stroke survivor may discover advise in areas that were not possible at the time of prescribed therapy. The plethora of tips has something for everyone.

 

For the new stroke survivor, this book is helpful in not only providing specific tips but also in showing how stroke recovery is a journey. For those who may be further from the event and actively seeking new paths to recovery new ideas are provided. If you looking for a gift for someone who is new to stroke or in the first few years following a stroke, this is a good option.

 

Order the book.

 


Cleo Hutton is a member of The Stroke Network. She is a contributor to this newsletter. She co-authored with Louis R Caplan "Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal."

 

 

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