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"Hutton discusses adaptive equipment, emotional liability, and the impact on family.Most of all, however, she talks about getting through the day and night--pillow arrangement, television, naps, and how to play cards and slice vegetables safely.... Her book should reside on the shelves of public libraries, consumer health libraries, and private collections of physicians, nurses, and counselors; highly recommended."--Library Journal

"Hutton is a nurse and an encouraging facilitator, and she will get you back on your feet following a stroke. Her area of expertise is post-stroke recovery at home, and as a 12-year stroke survivor, she certainly knows her stuff... Hutton inspires hope, a vital soothing force in the road to recovery." -- Kirkus Reports

"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." --Stroke Network (Stroke Network 20100503)

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Cleo Hutton is the coauthor of Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal. She is a well-respected author, speaker, nurse and advocate for stroke awareness and recovery. She is also a stroke survivor.

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Product Details

  • Series: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (June 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932603115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932603118
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.
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This book has been very helpful. My wife had a stroke 2 years ago in July of 2011. We had no idea of what to expect as far as her progress. This book has a lot of information and would recommend it to anyone who has had a stroke or a caregiver of a stroke survivor. We keep our copy on the coffee table and refer to it almost daily. I honestly believe that my wife would not have progressed as much as she has without it.
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On January 24th, I had a stroke, one of the ones in the back of your head. There are 4 kinds of strokes and this book deals with only the most commmon, the stroke on the right side of the brain. Thus, it is of no use at all to me, as it has no information at all on the kind of stroke I had. I must admit, there are few books on hemorragic strokes, though.
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We got this after my husband had a stroke which severely weakened his right leg and immobilized his right hand. Although therapy has helped, the tips in this book have given us a large number of work arounds to deal with life as it is right now and more for as he slowly regains use of his right hand and strength in his right leg.
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Lot of useful info, plus some motivational stuff, should be available as an ebook as stoke survivors often one handed, I've only managed 3 conventional books, all stroke related but lots of ebook s, much easier
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My Mom recently had a stroke that caused her to lose some use of her right side. Even though she is doing Occupational Therapy, I though this would be helpful and it really is. I read it first and bought several of the items mentioned to make her life easier at home. I then gave her the book and she has really liked reading it for tips on how to do things in a different way until she can better use her right hand again.
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I wish I had found this book right after my stroke - lots of great information and tips for a stroke survivor and their family. This book will give you the information and self-esteem to get yourself (the survivor) back on track.
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Not bad, most of the stuff is common sense. Although, after I had a stroke common sense was not really common.
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