Month: July 2012


After I had my stroke, I was scared of everything.  Every sensation that I had anywhere in my body freaked me out.  If I felt something weird in my head or neck area, that would terrify me.  I got a… Read More ›

Weight Loss

If you need/want to lose weight, don’t do it the way I did it.  There are much better ways.  Join Weight Watchers or something.  I lost about 30 pounds throughout this ordeal.  30 pounds that I needed to lose so… Read More ›

Task Specificity

Task specific training is exactly what it sounds like.  If you want to get better at a specific task, practice that task.  Athletes do this.  If you want to be a really good pitcher in baseball, what do you do?… Read More ›

The Stroke Recovery Blog

I love this blog.  If you’re a stroke survivor reading my blog, you should be reading this blog… every post.  Peter G. Levine you rock!  Stroke Recovery


It is said that after a stroke proximal movement recovers before distal movement.  Proximal means “closer to the midline,” closer to the body.  Distal means further away.  So, your shoulder should recover before your hand.  This was true for me…. Read More ›


I never fell after I had a stroke, not once.  This is highly unusual.  Generally, it’s not an if thing, its a when thing.  It’s not if a stroke survivor falls it’s when a stroke survivor falls.  I’m going on a… Read More ›


On Tuesday, I saw the guy who saved my life, no those aren’t the right words.  He prevented me from dying.  I had only seen him twice before.  I had an appointment with my neurosurgeon on Tuesday – a follow… Read More ›

In the Hospital

Hospitals are so much fun.  It took me a while to really understand what happened to me.  When I was in the hospital and had been told I had a stroke, I didn’t get it.  I just knew I could… Read More ›

Dog Walking

Last night I took my dog for a walk all by myself for the first time since my stroke.  I cried.  I love my dog.


I haven’t posted anything significant for a week so I thought I’d write about spasticity although I have none.  A cerebellar injury will not cause spasticity.  Most strokes however will cause spasticity.  Spasticity is a velocity dependent tone to the… Read More ›

Outcome Measures

Outcome measures are some of those tests you take at the beginning, middle, and end of therapy to see if you’re improving.  Some of these are things like how bad your pain is, how fast you can walk, how long… Read More ›