More than 7 years ago, DH had a stroke with a seizure and went on to have two more strokes within a month, the last of which left him with aphasia. He has lost most of his literacy and his receptive language is poor. However his speech sounds surprisingly normal and he does not even walk with a limp. This is actually a disadvantage as people do not identify him as disabled. Here is not the place to discuss our relationship, but it has had massive ups and downs, made worse by his lack of understanding and frustration with words and numbers. For example, today I had to try to get him to tell an insurance person on the telephone what our previous address was in order to answer security questions. He couldn't do it, became frustrated and went, leaving me to apologise and be told that I had to photocopy his passport, have it endorsed, fill in a long form etc etc. all because a 68 year old man could not say an old address. It is both sad and extremely frustrating.
However in spite of this, I cannot believe that the NHS should be focussed on relationships. While there are newborn babies in incubators and young mothers dying of cancer, the frustrations of stroke survivors and their carers should not be a priority. As at least one other Gransnetter knows, we just get on with the hand we have been dealt and have to be strong.
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