Month: November 2012

Hamstring Stretch

A few weeks ago my sister did something.  She bent over and tried to touch her toes by BENDING her back (bad) and told my mom…. “I’m doing a hamstring stretch.”  😦  No she wasn’t.  I mean maybe her hamstring… Read More ›

Curbs and Hills

I hate curbs and hills.  I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There are A LOT of hills here.  It’s a city of hills.  Someone said to me once about living in Pittsburgh….”you wake up in the morning and parachute down to get… Read More ›


That word cracks me up.  Well, it’s not a word.  Will Ferrell said it in an impersonation of George W. Bush.  Ok so, stand up and lean forward a little bit.  Do you feel your ankles kick in so you don’t fall… Read More ›


Today is Thanksgiving which I’m choosing to spend alone for a number of reasons.  Since I’ve moved here, I’ve seen this older lady walking around the streets carrying shopping bags.  She’s always wearing the same thing.  Seems homeless.  😦  This… Read More ›


I stole this picture from another blogger.  I think I have to put this link here, but I don’t really know.  I’m gonna take another spin on this picture than the person I stole it from.  This is what I think… Read More ›

Craniotomy vs. Craniectomy

Recently I was asked about my brain surgery.  I had a craniectomy.  Actually my surgery was called a Decompressive Craniectomy.  But I said the word ‘craniotomy’ when I was asked about it.  I figure I got it mixed up, so I… Read More ›

Stronger After Stroke

I love that title.  In Peter G. Levine’s book Stronger After Stroke, there is a line that has stuck with me.  He said “we’ve had single stroke survivors that made a full recovery because they said they had no other choice.” … Read More ›


This is more of an OT’s thing but I learned about it in PT school.  I pulled out an old notebook from PT school to practice writing and it was really interesting looking through it.  Students really don’t know anything. … Read More ›

Stages of Grief

I’ve been through a lot of grief in my life, but certainly not as much as some.  Everyone has heard of the stages of grief but may not know exactly where they come from.  They come from a psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,… Read More ›

Pickle Tree

This post is really stupid and has nothing AT ALL to do with strokes.  Vicki, this is for you.  Look at all the pictures I found of pickle trees, they do exist, the internet doesn’t lie!!!!!!!!!        … Read More ›

Frozen Shoulder

I used to be a member of this Facebook group and a couple of people said that they were diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder after their stroke.  I didn’t know that could happen.  But one thing I’ve learned is that anything… Read More ›

Foam and Dome Test

I said before that when I log into WordPress it tells me the search terms people use.  Well, along with intention tremors, about once a day there is a search for the Foam and Dome test.  It’s a test for… Read More ›

Toe Curling

I know absolutely nothing about this post-stroke phenomenon.  I don’t have it, have never had to deal with it, and have never learned about it or seen it clinically.  But I was an orthopedic physical therapist, maybe PTs that deal… Read More ›

Hand Dominance

No one ever said life is easy.  If someone ever said that I want to punch them.  Before my stroke, I was right-handed.  The stroke messed up my right side, so now I’m a lefty.  So if I punched someone… Read More ›

Meeting New People

I’m EXTREMELY self-conscious about meeting new people who don’t know anything about me.  I shouldn’t be, I need to get over that.  I look good, and I sound – eh.  I wish I sounded better when I talk but it is what it… Read More ›