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    JoanMar, Cassandra Waites, zett

    Her mom worked with her for 8 years.  How many of us (without moms or extensive resources) would get 8 months?  

    I know whn my faher in law had a severe stroke with aphasia Medicare gave him 3 months.  Since he didn't show "significant improvement" in that time further rehab was denied.

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:42:09 PM PST

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      JoanMar, barbwires

      For me, two takeaways are the importance of sleep and quiet. Both are hard to get in hospitals, rehab facilities, and nursing homes.

      I've seen research that even clinically "mild" strokes are effectively disabling much of the time, in that people can not return to their previous work. In addition to aphasia, there are problems with high-level mental capacities like decision-making that are just horrible even if you regain all your physical capacities.

      Stroke is my worst nightmare, in more ways than one.

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