Month: April 2013

Triceps

I was just at the gym and walked past a group of guys and heard “Let’s do tris(pronounced ‘tries’) next.”  Meatheads. Advertisements

Nerve Glides

I debated writing this post but I decided to do it anyway.  So I’ll just say DO AT YOUR OWN RISK.  Nothing that a physical therapist does is life threatening or anything but of everything I would have patients do,… Read More ›

Hamstrings

I did a post about how to strengthen every major muscle group in the legs except the hamstrings.  I wrote about how to properly stretch the hamstrings, but not one about how to make them stronger.  The muscles that are called… Read More ›

Running

I can’t run.  I walk pretty well but when I speed up and try to break into a run my brain is like “uhh no you’re not doing that, sorry.”  This sucks because I used to like to go on long… Read More ›

Sleep Mask

If you have issues sleeping, which I’ve learned if you had a stroke – you have issues with sleep, get a sleep mask.  It’s really helping me.  When I put that thing on my head my damaged brain knows to shut… Read More ›

Head Meat

Stephen Colbert just called the brain “head meat.”  Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

Change

I just did something really impulsive and I kinda wish I didn’t but it’s OK.  What’s done is done.  That was the “old me.”  I used to be insanely impulsive and not think about things before I did them.  That’s… Read More ›

Tango Music

I’ve read a lot about how listening to music helps recovery.  I was talking about this with my therapist and she told me that there has been a lot of research done on how listening to tango music while exercising helps… Read More ›

New Life

I’m in the process of building a brand new life right now.  There are very few people from my “old life” (pre-stroke life) that I care about bringing into my new life.  Those people know who they are.  For the… Read More ›

Anatomy of the Brain

On my stats page I saw a search term that was used which was “basilar artery stroke.”  I realized I have never explained what artery of mine was messed up.  My stroke was caused by a blood clot(ischemic stroke) which got lodged in… Read More ›

Figure It Out

Something is happening.  Compared to 20-30 years ago, a lot more young people are having strokes.  Why?  What’s going on?  I know our diet generally sucks and being healthy isn’t at the forefront of most people’s minds but what the… Read More ›

Pay it Forward

I always stop in this coffee shop and get a big creamy stupid latte before I go to OT. I just did that and this guy was in there buying a gift certificate and he said “And put this pretty… Read More ›

Pen

My OT gave me this pen…….. You put your index finger through the hole.  It helps me control it.  I sent this picture to my friend Vicki who is an OT and she said “Oh write me a letter this… Read More ›

Learning to Live With It

Another stroke survivor who is 13 years post-stroke asked me “Do you think you’ll ever get over what happened to you?”  I said “Have you?”  He said “No, I’ve learned to live with it.”  I said “Yes exactly, I’m learning… Read More ›