Strokecast

Episode 037 — Meet Whitney Morean

'(After 2 years) I'm still doing out patient PT and continuing to make gains which is really exciting.'-- Whitney Morean #stroke Click To Tweet

 

World Stroke Day

World Stroke day is October 29th. Are you planning to do something for it? Make sure everyone talk with knows how important it is to BE FAST.

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'I could just tell based on the fact that half of my body wasn't working that something neurological was going on.' -- Whitney Morean #stroke Click To Tweet

Meet Whitney Morean

Whitney Morean headshotWhitney Morean was a healthy, athletic 28 year-old in the summer of 2016. She voluntarily ran 5 miles a day. A bright student, she was excited to start graduate school that fall in clinical psychology.

Then on August 23, 2016, she had a mysterious, hemorrhagic stroke in her right, parietal lobe that would stump neurologists. Grad school would have to wait.

I met Whitney through the Seattle Young Adult Stroke Survivors group.

Now, Whitney is back in grad school, pursuing a Masters in Rehab Psychology, to help other survivors get even more comprehensive care. We met up a few weeks ago in Seattle’s Wayward Coffeehouse.

You can reach Whitney here.

'I applaud my physical therapists because I swear for most of that first 20 days they were carrying me around.'-- Whitney Morean #stroke Click To Tweet

We covered quite a bit in this episode including some new-ish vocabulary.

Whitney spent time in both acute and sub-acute facilities. Acute is an inpatient hospital setting. A sub-acute facility is somewhere in between a skilled nursing facility and a hospital.

She also talks about getting to point of being “community ambulatory.” That basically means being able to walk around the neighborhood.

I learned that the brain has ventricles.

'I'm interesting to neurologists b/c I was a healthy 28-year-old who ran 5 miles a day...didn't smoke, didn't drink and had a hemorrhagic stroke and they cannot figure out what caused it.'-- Whitney Morean #stroke Click To Tweet

We also touch on something not often talked about. The insurance system and medical care system are focused on getting you back to a minimum standard — not to where you were before the stroke. If you were well above the average or age appropriate criteria before stroke, you have to get back there on your own.

Whitney also discusses experiencing disability accommodations for education for the first time in her life later in life. Many folks who need accommodations in grad school have already had to go through the process much earlier in their schooling.

I could go on about the topics, but why spoil the fun of the episode?

'It's not that you've reached a plateau; it's that you've reached a plateau with what you're doing. That you need to then approach it from a different angle.'-- Whitney Morean #stroke Click To Tweet

Hack of the Week

Practice patience.

It’s a muscle and it takes work to get good at it. After a stroke, it’s more important than ever to be more patient with yourself, especially if your previous life was a fast-paced, intense one.

Doing “ordinary” things will simply take more time and getting annoyed at that won’t make it any better. So be kind to yourself.

And practice patience.

Like most thing with stroke and life, it gets easier with time and practice.

'Sometimes, you're just gonna need a nap.'-- Whitney Morean #stroke Click To Tweet

Where do we go from here?

  • What aspect of this discussion did you find most interesting? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Share this episode with a friend caregiver or grad student, by sending them to http://strokecast.com/whitney.
  • If you’re feeling depressed, or having challenges dealing with grief and emotions, after a stroke, let your caregiver or medical team know. There is help available.
  • Be patient with yourself.
  • Don’t get best…get better.
'There's no one that knows exactly what your recovery trajectory is going to look like. Which is both scary, but, I think, also kind of liberating.'-- Whitney Morean #stroke Click To Tweet

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