Athlete

High Jump / Wellcome Images

High Jump / Wellcome Images

My husband and I have taken to watching the Ninja Warrior contest, where extreme athletes run through an insane obstacle course. It is the sort of mindless TV show you watch when you are exhausted after a day of baby watching. But it was inspiring too. The next day I went to the gym and did all my stroke exercises with renewed vigor. Ninja Strokemama.

What gets you motivated?

Elevate

Elevator / Library of Congress

Elevator / Library of Congress

I am in Washington D.C. this weekend. This is the first time I have used its Metro with a stroller. It’s awful! Elevators and escalators are broken all over the system. With infants you can take them out of their stroller and carry them, annoying. But someone in a wheelchair is stuck. Shame!

Boom!

Independence / Library of Congress

Independence / Library of Congress

It’s Independence Day in the US this week. Boston has lots of nighttime fireworks. In the past we went to parties late into the evening. But this year we will be trying to keep the baby asleep. Shhhhhhhh….

Light

Lamp / Library of Congress

Lamp / Library of Congress

There is a light switch on the wall next to my baby’s changing table. He has just discovered what it does and he tries to make it work each time we are there. He is working on controlling his fingers. So am I.

Up and down. Up and down. On and off. On and off….

Aware

Scream / Library of Congress

Scream / Library of Congress

Aphasia is an impairment of language and communication. I had it severely right after my stroke. My friends remember me saying sentences like “munch yellow old.” A scary time.

This month is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Do you have stories to share?

Party

Sweat Pants / Library of Congress

Sweat Pants / Library of Congress

Soon after my brain surgery, I snuck out of the hospital to go to a party. I wore the only fashionable gear I had in the ward: sweat pants.

Do you have hospital fashion stories?

Frustration

Rat / Wellcome Images

Rat / Wellcome Images

True frustration is when language leaves. Right after my stroke, I remember staring at a word printed on a page. I had forgotten how to pronounce it. I couldn’t remember what sound the first letter made. How do you say “R?” The word was “rat.”

Anyone with similar frustration stories?

Phone Call

Liberty / Library of Congress

Liberty / Library of Congress

My words after my stroke were very odd. At the hospital, I meant to say “phone call.” I said “fingernail.”

If the words coming out of your mouth are not what you intend, who’s talking?

Got strange words to report?

Other strange words I said….

Sling

Sling / Library of Congress

Sling / Library of Congress

Some parents carry around their kids in bjorny-slingy-papoosy things. It might be nice, as my little one is big for his age. But my right hip is weak because of my stroke, and it doesn’t like heavy loads. So, stroller.

Any compensations for you?

Hair

Hair / Library of Congress

Hair / Library of Congress


Baby likes to grab my hair, so I’ve started to grow it long and put it up in a ponytail. My hairstyling abilities are not great. Another skill to add to my hand exercises.

Got a funny item to practice?