Archives for the ‘Medical’ Category

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!

Electricity

Lightning / Library of Congress

Lightning / Library of Congress

I’ve been using the electronic arm machine consistently. It is terribly dull: 2 hours a day. My hand has definitely improved. The only problem is that the machine has given me a mild electric burn on my arm.  So now I have a few days off while my skin stops being red.

The things we do for hand function. Any other examples?

 

Cup

Cup / Library of Congress

Cup / Library of Congress

Yesterday I picked up a cup with my bad hand and delivered it to my son. It was only later that I realized that I had done so without thinking about it. Before I had to stare at objects and order my fingers to position themselves around them. The automatic movement means my brain is relearning, reorganizing.

Keep learning, brain…..

Augment


MIT’s Biomechatronics Group designs rehabilitation technology. It even comes up with limbs that work better than human limbs.

In the future, will rehab be an advantage?

Robot III

Device / Library of Congress

Device / Library of Congress

The New Yorker just ran an article on using robots and video games to get stroke limbs working again. That’s my approach right now: I used a robot and video games in a research study at my rehab hospital, and now I am using a personal device at home.

If this shortens the years of tedious rehab therapy, brilliant!

Device II

Device / Library of Congress

Device / Library of Congress

I have been using my electronic hand device for 2 hours a day for a couple of months now. My Occupational Therapist sees a difference in my hand and fingers. Me too. Science research says half a year more for me to have big active changes in my hand. Patience of Job.

Got deathly dull therapy?

Brace

Brace / Library of Congress

Brace / Library of Congress

I’m getting out of my elephantine ankle brace! I will have an intermediate brace, with the plan to get it off completely. The old brace involved much bureaucracy too.

Barefoot here I come!

Wine

Wine / Library of Congress

Wine / Library of Congress

I can now operate a corkscrew. This is progress for my hand. Raise your glasses!

Does anyone else have milestones to report?

Pet

Dogs / Library of Congress

Dogs / Library of Congress

A California man is improving his hand function after strokes by massaging a stray dog each day. More interesting than rehab gyms. Woof!

Does anyone else have creative ways to exercise?

Champion

Champion / Library of Congress

Champion / Library of Congress

This is Rehabilitation Week. Put your hands in the air!