Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Machinery / Wellcome Images
Last week I participated in a study that is trying to improve stroke victims’ walking. They used an exoskeleton around my bad leg. Then I walked on a treadmill and it gave me electronic cues. Still in its infancy. I will go back.
Have you participated in scientific studies?
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Baby in Tub / Wellcome Images
Balancing stroke demands with baby demands is tough. I try to be efficient: Nursing while doing hand exercises! Napping baby and leg exercises! I only partially succeed.
Saturday, 7 March 2015
Flight / Library of Congress
We took our son to see grandparents, his first airplane trip. Beforehand we were wondering whether babies need to have some sort of identification for air travel. My husband looked at a US government website. It said no ID necessary. Then it said: “passengers cannot leave babies in an infant carrier and attempt to put it through the X-ray machine
Other stroke airport issues….
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Teddy Bear / Wellcome Images
When I was in the hospital for my stroke, people gave me all kinds of stuffed animals:
The toys have been on my shelf ever since, reminders of my generous friends.
Now my son is playing with them. Recycle! A very happy reuse.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Graph / Library of Congress
Strokes have fallen to 5th leading cause of death in the US, down from 4th. A good sign. However, strokes are increasing among young people. Disturbing.
Friday, 16 January 2015
Lovers / Library of Congress
Several people have written in asking advice on dating when you are disabled. I was very disabled at first after my stroke and dating was terribly hard. My advice is to date a lot, kind of like a job search. Online dating is your friend. All you need is one amazing person who thinks you are amazing too.
Sunday, 4 January 2015
Dinner / Wellcome Image
My husband and I had our first night out since the baby. We dressed up for the occasion and ate curious food.
We tried not to talk about our son all the time. Didn’t work totally.
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Superspeedway / Library of Congress
My husband says that his diaper changing ability equals that of a pit stop in a car race. New wheels! New fuel! New diaper!
I, with only one good hand, am slower but getting faster.
The baby enjoys screaming through the pit stop. Clean diaper quiets him down.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Baby / Library of Congress
Labor sucks. The result is great. Father and Mother and Baby did well. A healthy boy!
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Breastfeeding / Wellcoming Images
Before the baby, my husband and I took a class at the hospital on birth and labor. Sounded awful. We took another class on breastfeeding. More positive. These classes showed us how completely clueless we were.