While volunteering at a short-term rehabilitation center, I met a patient who refused to participate in physical therapy. However, the physical therapist did not give up on this patient. With time the patient improved, moving from the bed to a wheelchair, then finally a walker. With each change, I was also able to observe how the patient's daily activities expanded to create new experiences. Each new experience also lead to an increase in the quality of life.
It’s beyond a battle to make the best of my life with chronic illness. “Life is just not fair.” I am not always able to make plans because I don’t know if I will be able to follow through. I don’t know what the future holds because I have to take life as it comes. I can only be hopeful, and I am.
Even though she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she is still able to have the strength to achieve anything that is possible to her. Because of having MS, the unpredictable course of the disease were terrifying to her. Each night she would get into bed wondering whether she will ever get out again the next morning. Whether she be able to see, speak, to hold a pen between, knowing that one day might come. With the horrible situation in Nancy's life she had the strength to overcome any obstacle.
In the essay, “On Being a Cripple,” Nancy Mairs uses humorous diction and a positive tone to educate people about life as a cripple and struggles of people with disabilities. She does this to show how hard it is to be disabled and how it differs from the life of someone without a disability. She talks about the struggles and the fears that disabled people must deal with on a daily basis. Mairs use of rhetoric creates a strong sense of connection and understanding for the reader. Nancy Mairs is successful in using detailed imagery, diction, and tone to educate her readers about the difficulties of living with a disability.
Nancy Mairs, the author of “On Being a Cripple”, suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative neurological auto-immune disease. In her essay Mairs writes how in the end her life did not really change all that much. In fact aside from banging around the kitchen a little more often and being slightly more clumsy, her life was just great. Her family was supportive, and she was able to easily come to terms with her disability, she was able to move forward with her life needing only minimal adaptations. And that is just great.
The disease redrew her personal sketch, becoming something though physically lacking, yet resilient beyond comparison. By combining rhetorical strategies with rhetorical appeals, Mairs presents herself in a way that invokes an emotional response from the reader. After losing the ability to operate her legs properly, Mairs begins to declare herself a “cripple”. She proclaims this knowing people cringe whenever someone is called a cripple.
However, he became an advocate; by embracing his diagnosis through representing his diagnosis, he slowly healed from the past, revealing his true identity. Growing social support correlated with a growth in his personal development. Every time social support increased it mirrored a discovery and betterment in himself. Furthermore, he progressed in an ever-changing personal growth, including managing his emotions and developing integrity. With this narrative of disability from Michael J Fox, it is evident that the identity crisis of acquiring a new disability can confound people’s lives; yet once the person accepts the disability, true stability and empowerment is found through advocacy and support.
There were several factors which may have contributed to this scenario. The patient’s comorbidities which include the ischaemic stroke which happened 2 years ago might have caused his fall. A Grade A recommendation and Level 1+ evidence were given by the National Stroke Foundation (2010) that patients are advised to undergo intensive rehabilitation for the first six months post-stroke. Given the fact that he had only received four months of inpatient rehabilitation, his functional status might not have been maximised. In addition, a Grade A recommendation and Level 1+ evidence were given for multi-disciplinary intervention in inpatient rehabilitation (MOH, 2008).
Several years ago my grandma had very serious health issues. Each of these examples showcase the fact that it is important for everybody to experience obstacles in their life. In the novel “Cut” the main character, Callie deals with self harm. Callie has a younger brother who suffers from asthma and feels responsible when he has his first asthma attack.
She focuses on the emotions that come, and how they provoke the emotions that are presented. Out west, Nancy Mairs shares her compelling story of the difficulties she must face living with Multiple Sclerosis. Her trauma is impactful on many people. After coming to a standstill with her condition herself, she struggles to understand the way her disease affects those close to her. Barbara Lazear Ascher and Nancy Mairs illustrate how pity or fear lead to remorse before progressing to compassion, justifying compassion as a tertiary emotion.
The novel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, begins with the awakening of the author Jean Bauby, who slipped into a coma after suffering from a stroke. In Bauby own words, “you survive, but you survive with what is so aptly known as “locked-in syndrome,” With feelings of despair and sadness, it must be hard for many people suffering from any kind of chronic illness to remain hopeful and realistic. Chronic illness is a condition that lasts for a long time, and while some can be controlled or managed, most cannot be completely cured. Chronic illness can make it impossible to continue everyday activities, do things that people used to enjoy, and create feelings of hopelessness. Before the accident, Bauby was an active, fashionable, and sociable
On Bills admission to the unit after suffering an acute ischaemic stroke, a comprehensive care plan was devised using the Nursing Process to accommodate his various issues associated with the stroke. This framework, involving the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing interventions guided practice on the two issues focused on in this essay. Issue 1 - Thrombolysis A stroke, is the “rapidly developing signs of focal (or global) disturbance of cerebral function with symptoms lasting 24 hours or longer” (World Health Organisation,1998). In the event of a stroke blood supply to the brain is occluded by a thrombus or an embolus from the heart (Fitzpatrick and Birns,2004).