Month: May 2012

Bells and Whistles

When you’re in the hospital, you might be hooked up to all kinds of different wires and machines.  When you’re in the ICU this is definitely going to be the case.  It’s pretty traumatic to see a loved one hooked… Read More ›

Speech Therapy

Today in speech therapy I had a laryngeal stroboscopy.  This is where they stick a camera on the end of a tube and stick it in your mouth to look at your vocal cords.  The goal of this is to… Read More ›

Individualized Therapy

When I say therapy, I’m encompassing all therapies.  That means physical, occupational, and speech.  After I had a stroke, I realized some stuff.  Some of this stuff it seems should be common sense but it’s not.  We learned about strokes… Read More ›

My Gait

Gait just means the way you walk.  In PT school, we were taught to look for certain things when evaluating someone’s gait.  Well, after the stroke I was lucky to stand up.  My gait – terrible to say the least. … Read More ›

Medication

The stroke was caused by a blood clot. So I was put on Coumadin(Warfarin) for 6 months. I have learned that this is standard after a blood clot is discovered. You have to take Coumadin(a blood thinner) for 6 months…. Read More ›

Sensitivity

Some people say some pretty ignorant things to me sometimes.  It makes me crazy but I tell myself that they don’t know any better.  It’s going to take me years to recover and I might never be the same as… Read More ›

Prevention

In this nation, we have sick care. Most other countries have preventative care, not us. This means that in other countries they are more focused on preventing you from getting sick, here we are more focused on treating you once… Read More ›

Balance

Good balance depends on 3 things.  These are your vision, vestibular system, and proprioception.  I described proprioception in an earlier blog post.  The vestibular system is in the inner ear and controls equilibrium.  In school, one way we tested our… Read More ›

Shoulder Pain

After my stroke, my right shoulder would hurt periodically.  There is NO WAY that it was subluxed.  A subluxation of a joint is like the step before dislocation.  The bones of the joint aren’t matching up correctly.  After a stroke… Read More ›

Reflexes

You know when the doctor bangs you on the knee?  He’s testing your reflexes.  You probably already knew that but I’m going to tell you some stuff I bet you don’t know.  Reflexes can tell a lot about what’s happening… Read More ›

Sensation

Ever wonder why the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice versa?  This is why….whenever you touch something or move certain nerves need to tell the brain what just happened.  At some point,… Read More ›

Types of Strokes

You’re going to hear a lot of words when you have a stroke.  Ischemic, hemorrhagic, embolic, thrombotic, lacunar….what do they all mean?  Well, I’ll tell you.  A stroke is caused when something happens to a blood vessel in or to… Read More ›

Neuroplasticity

A stroke is a brain injury, not a muscular injury.  It may seem like your muscles don’t work anymore but they do, they’re still there and just as good as they once were, well at first that is.  Soon atrophy… Read More ›

Ataxia

When there is a problem with the cerebellum, along with an intention tremor you also may have ataxia.  I have very ataxic movement.  Ataxia means a problem with coordination.  Every time I was evaluated by a doctor, one thing they… Read More ›