Years ago, I wrote a post about post-stroke fatigue, I’ve written about this subject quite a lot….Anyway, I remember Dean leaving this comment on some post, “7 years later and fatigue is still a bitch.” Well, now I’m at that point. I’m 7 years post and I’m going to say the exact same thing. Seven years later and fatigue is still a bitch. Dean, how is your fatigue now?
This is terrible, quite frankly. And just like everything else having to do with a stroke, unless you’ve experienced it, you can’t possibly begin to understand this. When I was 1, 2, or 3 years out, people around me were WAY more sensitive about it. When you look bad and sound even worse people tend to be a lot more sensitive about things. Everyone around me seemed to be a lot more understanding about the fact that I need to sleep A LOT and that an evening out or any social encounter whatsoever causes me to need recovery time usually for the entire next day or two. This was pretty much already the case because of my introverted personality, add stroke recovery to that….
Now, things are very different. Now 7 years later, I look great, sound great, I look like absolutely nothing is wrong with me and have appeared that way to other people for quite a long time, so other people are much less understanding and sensitive about this issue, and every other issue that I deal with every day of my life.
I remember a really arrogant neurologist prick telling me a year after my massive stroke(s) that the fatigue that I was experiencing was solely caused by my depression. And this guy was considered to be a worldwide “expert” on strokes. ANY brain injury is going to cause massive amounts of fatigue. Anger.starting…blood.beginning.to.boil……about.to.explode…..ok, enough, moving on.
HEY SPOUSES: if your wife or husband had a stroke and sleeps until noon, then goes to bed at 9 o’clock that night……don’t you dare make a comment about it.