18 inches of snow are expected in Boston today! 46 centimeters! We were going to make a snowman, but my son rejected that idea. We negotiated a snowpuppy. Woof!
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
My occupational therapist says certain of my back muscles are weak. She suggested that I pick up a broom and lift it up and down, for a very long time.
Up and down. Up and down. Highly boring. Thank you for your book recommendations. I listen to recordings on my phone. I just finished The City & the City, which is fab.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Once a year I visit my eye doctor. He has me sit in a machine that measures my sight and periphery. The missing piece keeps getting smaller!
No one has a good explanation, since it has been awhile since my stroke. But I say, keep at it, everyone! Don’t give up!
Monday, 9 January 2017
We spent the holidays with my parents in Los Angeles — warm and sunny, instead of Boston cold and snowy.
In LA we went to the carousel on the beach. My husband held up our son on a carousel horse. Getting my stroke self up and over another horse was not easy but was done. Off we went. My son was so taken with the merry-go-round that we had to repeat: “Again! Again!”
Sunday, 18 December 2016
Certain brands of baby food pouches are f@*king hard to open. This is especially difficult if you have a hand injury. Or are grandma with arthritis. But even my athletic husband makes a face as he tries to twist the cap. (That’s you, Plum Organic and Peter Rabbit Organics!)
“It’s difficult,” says my son. “It’s hard.” “Daddy do it.”
Any other products that are not disabled friendly?
Monday, 5 December 2016
I’ve been doing much exercise on the arm ergometer. This machine is like a stationary bicycle for the arms and upper body. It’s the next chapter in the electrical stimulation on my back. It is very boring and tiring to do 45+ minutes. The only way to pass the time is to listen to books on my phone. Any good book recommendations?
Monday, 21 November 2016
We’re heading out to visit relatives this week, along with everyone else in the US. Ours live in New York, so we have a 5 hour car ride. My little son has taken to throwing up during any car trip longer than 15 minutes. We will be packing many, many changes of small clothing, plus a towel.
Happy Thanksgiving! Where are you going?
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Some of you have asked how I made so much progress in my gait recently. I did lots of things, but I was finally able to isolate my hip flexor on my stroke side. Up hip! Forward, hip!
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
My rehab hospital has a new exoskeleton for use by stroke and spinal cord patients. People in wheelchairs can walk around using this machine. The company that makes the device is also researching exoskeletons that add strength to soldiers.
Will this be our future?
Friday, 21 October 2016
This week is Head of the Charles, a regatta where people from all over the world row down the Charles River in Boston. I am amused: Harvard Square, usually filled with unathletic nerds, is instead dominated by tall, wide, buff people.