When Your Spouse Has a Stroke: Caring for Your Partner, Yourself, and Your Relationship (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) by Sara Palmer, Ph.D., and Jeffrey B. Palmer, M.D.
April 12, 2016
This is another terrific book. It is a fabulous resource for dealing with the relationship between the stroke survivor and the partner. The Drs. Palmer address with frankness the difficulties a couple faces when the couple survives a stroke. They are keenly aware of, and share, the knowledge that a stroke doesn’t happen to just one partner, but rather to the couple, regardless of which one sustained the physical injury. With care, thoughtfulness, and compassion, they address the needs that a couple have post-stroke; the feelings may be the same, but so many things…from physical and mental limitations to changes in reaction from the care-giving partner…change, that these relationships need special attention and care. The Drs. Palmer address these issues by explaining what couples may be feeling/experiencing, and giving concrete ways of regaining those feelings of ‘couplehood’ that make relationships rewarding and enjoyable. They aren’t about pie-in-the-sky returns to pre-stroke relationships, but rather they deal with the reality of post-stroke situations and what can be done to enhance the present. This is truly a must-read for those who want to make the new normal exceptional.