Archives for the ‘Stroke Puzzle’ Category

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?

Time IV

Dr. Pepper / Library of Congress

Dr. Pepper / Library of Congress

The first year after my stroke, I had so many tasks to work on that I didn’t think about time.

The second year was the hardest, because I knew what was wrong and I did think about  time. How long would everything take to get better? No one knew the answer.

It got better after that.

What was your attitude toward time?

Positive

Positive / Library of Congress

Positive / Library of Congress

Do you plan to get everything you have lost back? Limbs? Speech? Your life? Are you positive?

Contemplate

Contemplate / Library of Congress

Contemplate / Library of Congress

Recently someone asked me if my personality had changed since my stroke. If so, did I like the new version of me. Better? Worse?

My personality has definitely changed a bit. Do I like it better? Still contemplating.

Have you been changed?

Time II

Clock Lady / Wellcome Images

Clock Lady / Wellcome Images

I got a call from a fellow stroke victim, one who had her stroke recently. She wanted to know about Botox, which doctors sometimes inject into stroke limbs that aren’t behaving. I had had the treatment.

“What does it feel like?” she asked.

“Like an injection,” I said.

She sounded nervous.

“Look,” I said, “If your doctor does a bad job, it leaves your system in about three months.”

“Three months!” she said, astounded.

Suddenly I realized how different our concepts of time were. Stroke veterans think three months is a blink of an eye. Newbies don’t.

Has your concept of time shifted?

Other Time issues….

Opera

Carmen / Library of Congress

Carmen / Library of Congress

Here is a story of an opera singer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City who had a stroke. He still has problems speaking now, but his singing has come back…different parts of the brain.

Do any of you have speaking/singing differences?

Organization

Apocalypse / Wellcome Images

Apocalypse / Wellcome Images

My stroke took away my organization for awhile. Before, I wasn’t anal neat, but I had basic tidiness skills. After my stroke I lost things and threw papers into my bag where they would get all tattered up. I had to train myself to be organized again, such as, “Put papers in a folder!” Now I’m back to my reasonably organized self. But it is odd when aspects of your personality change on a dime. Do you have differences? Would you change them?

Carefree

Enjoyment / Wellcome Images

Enjoyment / Wellcome Images

When I graduated from college I was carefree. I didn’t realize that a stroke was coming. Would I have done things differently if I had known?

Bling

Mughal Empress / Wellcome Images

Mughal Empress / Wellcome Images

Question: How do you put on a necklace with a complicated clasp, using just one hand?

Answer: Take the necklace to a bead store. Have them put magnets on the ends.

Cha-Ching.

Contest! Bra!

Lingerie Model 1949 / Library of Congress

Lingerie Model 1949 / Library of Congress

Contest!

How do you put on a bra with one hand?