When you have surgery on your rotator cuff or hip, there is usually a protocol that your physical therapist gets that says stuff like “the patient should have this much range of motion by this day.” It’ll say stuff like when the patient can start to put weight on the extremity and what exercises can be performed. Well that makes it easy. I used to love it when I would get a protocol because I didn’t have to think. There is no protocol that comes with stroke patients. Not only is there no protocol, no one knows ANYTHING. Recovering from a stroke is a ton of trial and error. Dean always says he hates it when doctors and researchers say “every stroke is different.” He should be angry at that. Every stroke is not different. A stroke is a stroke. What should be said is that “every stroke produces different effects and every stroke will cause the patient to have to work on different things.” But every stroke is the same. It’s all brain damage. So stroke researchers, get on the ball and figure out how to produce recovery in the brain.