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Amy C.


Caregiver and Family

My mother had a total of four strokes. Father's Day in June 1998 was the first, with recovery near 90%. The second occured in August 2001, while staying with my sister overnight, with recovery about 70%. In October 2004, she suffered a massive stroke after eye surgery and was completely paralyzed except for her right arm. She could not talk or move otherwise, and she had to have a feeding tube and 24 hour care. On March 2005, my mother suffered her fourth stroke which took her right arm movement. We kept her home. Fortunately, I am a critical care nurse. I moved in with my parents and taught my elderly father how to care for Mom. He learned how to handle tube feedings, turning, mouth care and he already knew how to love and nurture her without a doubt. She was given three months to live after her third stroke in October 2004, but lived until May 5, 2009, when she was no longer able to fight. Overwhelming at times, but NO regrets!


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