Archives for the Month of October, 2012

Hurricane

Hurricane / Library of Congress

Hurricane / Library of Congress


Amazing how many rehab exercises I do when leaving the house would knock me flat. Hurricanes make me very productive.

Sphinx

Sphinx / Library of Congress

Sphinx / Library of Congress

After brain injury, some patients have aphasia, a general term for loss of language. Some cases are intriguing. There are patients who speak excellently but blank only on words for body parts. Or animals. Or man-made tools. There was one patient who spoke fluently but had trouble only identifying fruits and vegetables. He had no problems with complicated words and their meanings like “abacus” and “Sphinx,” but for the life of him couldn’t identify “peach” or “orange.”

The mind is strange when it gets injured.

The Rack

The Rack / Library of Congress

The Rack / Library of Congress


Muscles that don’t get used properly over time become short and less supple. Much of my therapy tries to stretch them back out again, with therapists yanking or braces pulling. Some of my devices seem like The Rack. Stretch….Creak….Ow!