Real Men Wear Gowns: Recovering memory following a stroke

When a person has a stroke many parts of the body can be affected, that includes your ability to speak and sometimes your memory.

For Scott Davie, getting his words out is only half the battle after recovering from a stroke.

"I had problems coming up with words or forgetting what words to use or what things were called," Davie said.

What most people don't realize is that strokes can also affect your memory.

At University Health System's Reeves Rehabilitation Center, Speech Pathologist Rocio Infante says that they work on memory too. Infante said,

"When you have a stroke, it will hit an area of the brain and that area of the brain can mess up or damage lots of different areas, and so we are the one person that can treat all of the related issues," Infante said.

"The memories are there, I just have to find the way to recall. And they are giving me strategies and trying to find those ways to do them," Davie said.

The struggle can make simple tasks, like going to the grocery store, anything but simple. 

"I have to keep reminding myself about where my car is parked throughout my shopping visit or even why I'm here," said Davie, who works on his memory with Infante and also on his own. "I go to my parents' house, and I work with my parents, and I go over workbooks for memory for language."

Language, for now, can be slow to get out, partially because the memories need to come first.

For more men's health information call 210-358-3045.You can also find the rest of our Real Men Wear Gowns stories, at WearTheGown.com.

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