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Mental exercises for a patient recovering from Stroke - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello. My boyfriend suffered a minor stroke 2 weeks ago. He is still having some trouble with memory, and searching for the right words when he speaks. Are there any exercises I can do with him to help him recovery?                                                                 
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   After an acute injury, he shall need some time to recovery completely
Doctor :   now, he can involve in some intellectual activities
Doctor :   like reading
Doctor :   which shall be helpful in hastening recovery
User :   Are there things I can do with him? I've been doing things like spelling, synonyms and antonyms...things like that.
Doctor :   You can make him read
Doctor :   or read to him
Doctor :   that shall be fine enough
Doctor :   let him practice mind reading
Doctor :   keep interacting with him
Doctor :   asking questions
User :   What is mind reading?
Doctor :   meaning while reading books/newspaper
Doctor :   need not read aloud
Doctor :   he can read silently
Doctor :   from your part, keep interacting with him when he is awake
User :   How so?
Doctor :   when he wants to sleep, let him
Doctor :   as it is very essential
Doctor :   for you just keep asking him
Doctor :   like what he has read
Doctor :   what he understood
Doctor :   or just ask some questions like doubts
Doctor :   just to keep a lively interaction
User :   How about daily routines....should I keep things repetitive?
Doctor :   Like, you mean to say about bathing, food and other activities
User :   yes
Doctor :   that has no role in your question about sleep
Doctor :   but if you are involved in each activity
Doctor :   then that interaction shall be helpful
Doctor :   I really appreciate your concern towards him
Doctor :   it does need a Pat
User :   based on info from his doctor and a speech therapist he went back to work last week. he is an sales rep. he really struggled and now has taken an additional 2 weeks off.
User :   Thank you for saying that.
Doctor :   Yes, starting it fully shall be difficult for him
Doctor :   as he is in sales job
User :   Is two weeks enough do you think?
Doctor :   so let him take additional time
Doctor :   He shall improve much much better in that time
Doctor :   the extent is subjective
Doctor :   like depends on the individual
Doctor :   but if you keep interacting with him
Doctor :   it shall be fast
User :   Interacting with the spelling, and such?
Doctor :   Right
Doctor :   need not spell the characters
Doctor :   but just words are quite enough
User :   I'm not sure I follow?
Doctor :   Like you need not spell the words
Doctor :   if you just say it is fine
Doctor :   by spell what i meant is like
User :   Right, and have him spell it for me?
Doctor :   That is not required
User :   Oh just repeat?
Doctor :   spellings he shall remember
Doctor :   doesn't he?
User :   he has done well.
Doctor :   he shall just be fumbling for words
User :   right
Doctor :   as he has been injured
Doctor :   and also lost the touch of speaking
Doctor :   hence it is like starting afresh
Doctor :   hence some time is required
Doctor :   Do you have any other queries?
User :   I was just making sure I was doing the right thing with him.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   What about math type things? numbers?
Doctor :   If you follow the above mentioned tips
User :   Should I include those?
Doctor :   it shall be good enough
Doctor :   math type things, for a change it can be used
Doctor :   as it shall help in the nerve network integration
Doctor :   like Sudoku
Doctor :   is helpful
User :   Great. Thank you so much
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting, bye for now
User :   Thank you, good bye.
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