Jase’s Story (symptoms on right side of the body)

Jase is starting rehabilitation. he has right arm weakness but is able to move his right arm with effort. Jase also has right leg weakness (hemiparesis). his balance is poor so he must use a quad cane when he walks with the therapist. The right side of Jase's face is drooping slightly. he has difficulty finding words (aphasia) but he is able to speak in one to two word sentences. he seems to understand when you talk to his. Jase is still having difficulty swallowing medication with water and he coughs while eating (dysphagia). Jase seems to be depressed since the stroke.

As a family member you may feel overwhelmed at this point and may be thinking about the future and wondering how things will work out once Jase is home. You also are concerned about how Jase will do over the next weeks and how he will cope with all of these changes in his life.

What is a stroke?
What is stroke rehabilitation?
Why is arm weakness associated with stroke?
Why is leg weakness associated with stroke?
Why are walking difficulties associated with stroke?
Why are balance difficulties associated with stroke?
Why is facial paralysis associated with stroke?
Why are communication difficulties associated with stroke?
Why are swallowing difficulties associated with stroke?
Is depression common after a stroke?
What about the family?