My husband is autistic and also has generalised anxiety disorder. Just before Christmas, he had a mini-stroke (TIA) and had to spend a week in hospital. He also contracted Covid in hospital, although he was relatively asymptomatic.
Since his discharge, he has been struggling. We do not live together, but I see him every day. He lodges with an elderly gentleman who has a few anxiety issues of his own.
He was discharged with quite a lot of medication. I have been through the medication with him and I sort it into a docket box because he was getting confused about what he had to take. Some of the medication has diuretic properties, so we have been to the pharmacy to get some discreet, but comfortable incontinence wear. He has also stopped driving temporarily, because he feels dizzy.
Now it is February, and my husband still seems to be very restricted in terms of what he can/will do. He goes for a short walk, but he should really be exercising a bit more because he has serious atherosclerosis. I have encouraged him to eat a little more healthily, but he does not like to change his diet. He does not work and does not drive to see anyone, so his world is quite restricted.
I was wondering if mini-strokes may affect people with autism more severely than neurotypical people (due to existing neurological issues), and I was also wondering who else should be helping my husband. He gets call backs from the doctor, but there seems to be no help in the community for his. He is only 63, but seems so much older now.