Archives for the ‘Hospital’ Category

Bullhorn

Evelyn / New York Public Library

Evelyn / New York Public Library


Harvard Medical School asked me to speak on the first day of their Neurology course. My hope is that the students take away: be encouraging to stroke patients! We can continue to get better for years! I have had run-ins with therapists and doctors who have not been encouraging. I’m busy proving them wrong.

Got stories to tell?

Exoskeleton II

Ekso GT

Ekso GT

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?

Other exoskeleton machines I have used…

Happy Gait

Dancer / Library of Congress

Dancer / Library of Congress

Finally! I can walk without contorting my stroke leg. At my rehab hospital they videoed my walk and the PT was impressed.  No hip-hiking. No stubbing my toe. Just a happy gait.

Take that, therapists who want to discharge stroke patients after a few sessions. I’ve been working on my walk for a while, with slow but continual progress.

Back

Back / Wellcome Images

Back / Wellcome Images

I’m getting my back zapped! I’ve been using electrical stimulation on my arm and hand for this past year. It has led to a much looser hand. Now, my therapist has connected me with a huge multilimb machine. I go to my rehab hospital twice a week. Then I get covered electrodes on my back, shoulder, and arm. Then I use a stationary bike for my arms while I get zapped for 30 minutes. I’ll let you know how it goes…

Zzzzzzap!

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Yoke

Yoke / Library of Congress

Yoke / Library of Congress

My speech therapist gave me all kinds of tests to determine which parts of language were giving me trouble. He held up pictures of nouns and asked me to identify them.
“What’s this?” he asked.
It was a picture of a “yoke.”
Damn.
“It’s what oxen wear,” I said.
I hated those flash cards.
Did you have words that gave you trouble?

Loss

Wheelchair / Library of Congress

Wheelchair / Library of Congress

Stroke patients in the US with government insurance have had their rehabilitation benefit significantly cut. When I first had my stroke, I would see a physical therapist almost every week. Now rehab benefits are down to about 18 visits a year. As I am a veteran stroke patient who does most of my rehab on my own, I can handle this reduction. For new stroke victims, it is a terrible loss.

Have you had insurance headaches?

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?

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….

Baby

Baby / Library of Congress

Baby / Library of Congress

Labor sucks. The result is great. Father and Mother and Baby did well. A healthy boy!