Chris Stephens’ life was changed when he arrived home from work to find his wife lying on the floor. Rosie had suffered a massive stroke.
After several days in the Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Hospital, Rosie’s condition began to stabilize, and she was later transferred to inpatient rehabilitation for physical, occupational and speech therapy. Rosie could not walk or use her left arm and had trouble swallowing.
About two weeks before Chris was scheduled to return to work, Rosie was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to Greenery Rehabilitation Center in Durham.
There Chris noticed remarkable improvement in Rosie’s health and spirit. She was fed throughout the night by a G-tube. “Rosie gained weight and was now able to give great effort during her therapy sessions and enjoyed them,” said Chris. “She also enjoyed helping the other residents, baking cookies for them and leading board games during recreational therapy.” Chris could return home at night, knowing Rosie was well taken care of.
As Rosie’s health continued to improve, she and Chris began attending the stroke support group at Teer House. The support group became an important part of the healing process for both Rosie and Chris.
For the full story and to learn more about Durham Regional’s stroke support group, visit durhamregional.org. Then check this blog each week in May for a new story from a stroke patient or caregiver as part of National Stroke Awareness Month.
Stroke is the number four cause of death and the leading cause of disability in American adults. During National Stroke Awareness Month in May, learn the symptoms of stroke, and make healthy lifestyle choices to lower your risk. If you or someone you know has sudden confusion, numbness of the face or arm or trouble speaking, call 911 right away.