Doll

Doll / Wellcome Images

Doll / Wellcome Images

At my rehab hospital, therapists congratulated me on my pregnancy and immediately started getting me physically ready to carry a squirmy kid around.

They had me buy a life sized baby doll, which they promptly sliced open and filled with gym weights, so that my weak stroke side would get stronger. They put me on treadmills with the heavy doll. I became in better shape than I was before my pregnancy.

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4 Responses to “Doll”

  1. Elizabeth writes:

    My #1 goal was to get back to my mama job. It was the hardest rehab ever. You will be much more recovered by the time ur baby is 3. You have to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Billy Ethridge writes:

    Nina, how exciting that you are pregnant! May you shine a beaming light of hope to all stroke survivors who think that, sadly, life has lost its vital possibilities.

  3. Grace Carpenter writes:

    Congratulations on the pregnancy! Motherhood is hard physical work. Love the idea of putting weights in a doll ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Vicki writes:

    Congratulations! I had my daughter when my left arm was significantly impaired (brachial plexus neuritis, not stroke). All my carrying was on the right. One of those C-shaped pillows for nursing was especially helpful with my left sideโ€”it did the lifting, supporting. I continued with physical therapy through the pregnancy and first couple of years after birth. It was hard and one of the best times in my life!

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