Archives for the ‘Medical’ Category

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!

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!