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  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Caregiving
  • Language:English
  • Pages:46
  • eBook ISBN:9781483566627

Help Me, My Husband Had a Stroke

A Practical Guide for Caregivers

by Nancy Mansfield

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Help Me, My Husband Had a Stroke is a practical, clear, and encouraging source of information for caregivers of stroke and TBI survivors. It is a road-map for what to do next. Specifically directed to spouses of stroke survivors, it is invaluable for anyone caring for a loved one with a life-changing injury. It contains concise information, organized chronologically from the time of injury through full recovery. Contains downloadable spreadsheets for tracking information. Mansfield provides information about applying for benefits, returning to work, and more, while addressing with empathy some of the enormous emotional losses that loved ones experience.

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January 4, 2007 started at the Mansfield house like so many other days. Nancy got the children up and ready, and their giant yellow limos took them to school. But then, in a moment, it became clear that something was very different. At age 46, her husband, Larry, suddenly had an acute change of mental status. She hurried to help him get dressed and zoomed to the doctor's office. Once there, he didn't know the day, the year, who was president, or where he was. (He told the doctor they were at Kentucky Fried Chicken. "Kentucky Fried Chicken!!! she thought...ohhh no...couldn't he at least think he was at Gramercy Tavern??") And as quickly as that, the story of this happily married couple and their two teenagers, changed forever. Their families and friends rallied with support and care. The medical professionals offered their treatments and guidance. Even with the best medical care and a tremendous support system, the strain on the family was enormous. And the vast majority of the responsibility fell to Nancy. There was so much care that Larry needed. There was so many worries for Nancy. There was loneliness without the husband she knew being reachable, and there were financial concerns. Her partner, the one she had always leaned on when worries seemed big, couldn't help her...she had to help him. It seemed that each time Nancy successfully managed one challenge, several new ones arose. And there was no road map. It was from that place of loss and lack of direction that Nancy Mansfield wrote this book for others. It is an empathetic and incredibly practical guide for the caregiver of a stroke or other brain injury survivor. Knowing that time for reading is scarce when the injury is acute and the tasks endless, she provides, in chronological order, concise, useful information. It has downloadable spreadsheets to track medical information and expenses which may be tax deductible. Nancy provides information about applying for insurance and disability benefits, returning to work, and much more. She gives usable tips and advice and also shares about the emotional challenges as well. There are numerous links to additional helpful information. This book feels like it was written by a knowledgeable friend. It is hopeful and encouraging, while being realistic. Nancy Mansfield's guide allows caregivers to move forward with confidence because someone who has taken this journey before is guiding the way.

About the author
Nancy Mansfield has, in countless ways, been a caregiver all of her life. From her earliest years onward, she has given thoughtfully of her time, resources, and energies to help others. Once married, Nancy supported her husband with both his career and his myriad health issues. When her husband suffered a severe stroke, she learned how to be a medical caregiver, or 'managing caregiver' as she calls it, by doing. While navigating the challenges for her husband, she continued raising their children, returned to full-time work, wrote this guide for others, and started speaking publicly about the care-giving experience. She resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania with her husband, Larry, and their dog, Coco.
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