Month: August 2012

Melatonin

I use melatonin supplements frequently.  Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone made by the pineal gland that helps with regulating sleep patterns.  They do help me fall asleep.  I was told to use melatonin by my PCP.  Now, I certainly… Read More ›

NSA

I was on http://www.stroke.org, the National Stroke Association’s website, and read this…. “Stroke touches approximately 795,000 people a year in the U.S., and only four percent of patients are appropriately treated.”  4%????????  Really?????????  Let’s get that number up America, strokes… Read More ›

Locked-In Syndrome

Warning: really depressing post.  Locked-in syndrome means that every single muscle is paralyzed except the muscles that move your eyeballs but your mind is fine.  Your mind wasn’t damaged at all.  You are literally trapped in your own body.  You… Read More ›

Back and Neck Pain

Back and neck pain used to be my specialty.  I was really good at helping most pain related to the spine.  After a stroke, a lot of people have back and neck pain.  Your posture goes to shit, that’s the… Read More ›

Tendonitis

After a stroke you may be diagnosed with tendonitis for a variety of reasons. A tendon is what attaches the muscle to the bone. Ligaments attach bone to bone. ‘Itis’ means ‘inflammation of’ so tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon…. Read More ›

Range of Motion

I lost no range of motion after my stroke.  I can still move my arms, legs, and feet every way they want to go.  It looks funny because it’s lacking coordination but I can do it.  Most of the time… Read More ›

HTN

Hypertension, or HTN, is high blood pressure.  A normal blood pressure is around 120/80. I’ve even read things that say the powers that be are lowering the standard BP to 110/70.  The top number is called your systolic blood pressure…. Read More ›

Flight

I’m blogging from the sky right now.  I’m going to Florida for a week to visit a friend.  This is my first flight since my stroke.  So far, so good.  I got to board before everyone else because of my… Read More ›

Foot Drop

Foot drop is a very common condition caused by stroke.  I don’t have it, somehow I lucked out and don’t have any strength issues, just severe lack of coordination.  You may have heard foot drop or drop foot or foot… Read More ›

The Church Lady

When I was in the hospital, there was this lady that visited me every single day to offer me communion.  Every day, for a month.  I always said no.  I’m not into organized religion.  Anyway, later I found out that… Read More ›

Knowledge

There’s this guy, his name is Dean.  He’s pretty famous in the stroke survivor community.  He’s done an incredible amount of research about stroke recovery.  I have a link to his site over on the left there.  He has this… Read More ›

Passive Movement

Passive  movement means someone or something else moving your limbs, hands through their available range of motion.  Or you can do it yourself with the “good hand.”  So you’re not doing any work with the affected area, an external force is… Read More ›

Stroke Center

Did you know that not every hospital is able to treat a stroke patient?  The first 2 hospitals I was taken to were not certified stroke centers.  I’m kind of angry about this.  Any hospital should be able to diagnose… Read More ›

Fatigue

Post stroke fatigue is weird.  Everyone knows what it feels like to get tired but this is different.  When I get tired it’s like my whole body shuts down.  I just stop working.  I hear things weirdly, like I actually… Read More ›