Ankle Pumps

Ankle pumps just means lifting your foot up and down.  I used to tell patients that were going to be flying on a plane, along with getting up every once in a while and walking, to do a whole bunch of ankle pumps.  This is to help prevent a blood clot from forming by using the muscles which in turn makes the veins work better and manually pumps the blood.  When you are sedentary for a long time the blood can pool and form a clot.  And when on a plane something about the altitude makes it easier for blood clots to form.  Now, I had a blood clot which I had absolutely no indication was there and it went to my brain and caused a massive stroke at the age of 30.  Shit happens.

Categories: Brain stuff, Health, Rehab, Stroke stuff

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7 replies

  1. This is not in response to Amy’s last entry but a warning to dummies who like myself don’t know much about drugs vs. cerebellar stroke.

    About a week ago I took a Lorazepam to get to sleep and felt woozier than usual next day. That was nothing compared to last night when I took an Ambien to get to sleep. I became so woozy shortly after taking it that I fell to the floor and injured my hand. I will be avoiding such meds in the future and that might be good advice for my fellow cerebellar stroke victims as well.

  2. I had forgotten all about ankle pumps! Thanks for the reminder. I will use this during our next trip and during a night of catching up on NCIS shows. Amy, you are so smart and helpful. Thanks!!!

  3. Great reminder. As far as Sh!t happens. What are you going to do with all of that? I turn it around and make compost for my garden. Find an alternate use and grow from the experience when the sh!t hits the fan.


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