Archives for the ‘Medical’ Category

Broom

Sweeping / Wellcome Images

Sweeping / Wellcome Images


My occupational therapist says certain of my back muscles are weak. She suggested that I pick up a broom and lift it up and down, for a very long time.

Up and down. Up and down. Highly boring. Thank you for your book recommendations. I listen to recordings on my phone. I just finished The City & the City, which is fab.

Even Better

Eyes / Library of Congress

Eyes / Library of Congress

My missing sight keeps getting better! I have vision loss because of my stroke. There is a narrow strip that I cannot see around 6 o’clock of my sight. Occasionally, I drop something small, like a coin, and wonder where it went.

Once a year I visit my eye doctor. He has me sit in a machine that measures my sight and periphery. The missing piece keeps getting smaller!

No one has a good explanation, since it has been awhile since my stroke. But I say, keep at it, everyone! Don’t give up!

Happy Gait II

La Culture Physique / Wellcome Images

La Culture Physique / Wellcome Images


Some of you have asked how I made so much progress in my gait recently. I did lots of things, but I was finally able to isolate my hip flexor on my stroke side. Up hip! Forward, hip!

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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Cyborg

Cyborg / Alternative Limb Project

Cyborg / Alternative Limb Project

James is a scientist who was in a horrible accident and needed prosthetics. Then a video game company advertised for a patient who wanted a cyborg arm, like one of their game characters. You can see his story here.

Would you want cyborg limbs?

Lumbricals

Hand / Wellcome Image

Hand / Wellcome Images

There are tiny muscles in your hands called lumbricals. Apparently my stroke palm was super tight. My doctor injected them with Botox — Zop! Eek! Not fun. They do seem looser now.

Anyone have similar problems?

Electricity II

Electric City / Library of Congress

Electric City / Library of Congress

A reader asks, How is your electric hand machine doing?

This is the electronic shock machine that I wear during hand exercises, two hours a day for an entire year. My answer: it is helping but not fast enough. My fingers are looser. I can open my hand more than I could before. It is still difficult to release objects. I am hopeful that it will keep improving this year. My year is not over.

Patience….

Vision

Eye / Library of Congress

Eye / Library of Congress

I have vision loss because of my stroke. There is a narrow strip that I cannot see around 6 o’clock of my sight.

Once a year I visit my eye doctor. He has me sit in a machine that measures my sight and periphery. I just went. My brain is still improving. Each year the missing piece gets smaller.

Progress!