Prayer, support, techniques, attitudes and items. The list of 22 things that help.

1. Love. Deep and unconditional.

2. Unwavering faith.. belief. Conviction.

3. Acceptance. Today is day one.

4. The close, personal, healing support of a scholarly member of the spiritual community of my personal beliefs. He has prayed for my husband every day. He has sent me a personal video of encouragement every single week. I recommend asking for the help of someone like this. Some people in the religious and spiritual communities are dedicated and willing to help others heal from an event like this.

5. The encouragement and momentum of positive thoughts and prayers from everyone who cares. I have felt that their prayers and messages on Facebook have gotten both my husband and I through this.

6. Visualization.

7. Consistent & positive personal thoughts and prayers about and for my loved one.

8. Reliable supportive medical care.

9. Good healing environment and cleanliness for my loved one. It may be necessary to politely insist on cleanliness and good oral care for the patient. 

10. Audio aids and/or music, sports highlights, meditations or any personal interests (YouTube). An inexpensive radio to turn on in the hospital room when there are no visitors. (for sensory stimulation)

11. Aromatherapy with essential oil room spray or diffuser. (for sensory stimulation)

12. Massage. Touch. With essential oil blends. (for sensory stimulation)

13. Time. Patience. Perseverance. 

14. Courage. Strength.

15. Personal balance. Rest. Personal time away from hospital to recharge energy.

16. Nutrition. In the first days after my husband's stroke, my appetite was very low. I had to count calories to make myself eat just enough to get by. Milk or nutritious drinks with a small, appetizing and flavorful snack or cookies were very helpful. Salted nuts were helpful.

17. Gratitude. Celebration. Thanksgiving for every positive improvement of the loved one who had a stroke and every positive act by every supportive person involved.

18. Frequent verbal gratitude and communication with the medical staff.

19. Being organized.. a journal, records, scheduling realistically.

20. Backpack for trips to the hospital and to organize papers, laptop, and DYI rehab kit including headphones, essential oils, instructions for range of motion exercises, etc.

21. The internet. Research everything.

22. The 80/20 Rule.

If you maintain a general air of enthusiasm, this helps the whole field (loved ones, institution, and community) which will help the loved one who is in a coma. -Dr. Mindell

Thoughts and prayers have the power to change physics.

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