Month: March 2014


There are some things about me that shock people.  Mostly it’s the things that I say.  I’ll give you an example.  The other day I was in a conversation with a couple of people and my friend said to me… Read More ›

Sleep and Rest

There is a theme in stroke recovery and that theme is ‘repetition.’  I say it all the time.  But I think I say it too much.  I think I’m giving the wrong impression.  It’s easy for me to say that… Read More ›


I had lunch a few weeks ago with my old boss, the greatest man in the world, to discuss my upcoming job thing.  We were talking about my capability of treating patients and I told him that I couldn’t because of… Read More ›


Here’s a picture of my dog looking out the window……. This may not seem like a great picture but here’s why I took it.  The sun is out.  Seeing the sun is a rarity in Pittsburgh.  It’ll be gone in a… Read More ›


There’s a labrum at the shoulder joint and at the hip joint. These joints, the shoulder and hip, are called ball-and-socket joints. At the end of both the upper arm bone and thigh, the end near the body, is a… Read More ›

Quabity Ashwoods

I’m going to start working soon and my job is going to be Quabity Ashwoods.  The first person who can tell me what that means and what it’s from gets a prize.


When I had a stroke and for the first year afterward, I was clueless. To all newbies: DON’T ORDER SPAGHETTI AT A RESTAURANT! You will embarrass yourself greatly. Order finger foods. Nothing that needs to be cut. Pasta is a… Read More ›


Thanks for a great weekend Barb and Tom! Everything about post-stroke life is very monotonous.  Everything.  When I first had the stroke and for about a year and a half afterward my speech was incredibly monotone and I had an… Read More ›

3 Years

Friday is my 3-year stroke anniversary so I’m getting the hell out of town.  Out of sight, out of mind.  I think though, that this will be the last anniversary/holiday/birthday that I’m gonna leave town.  I don’t think I’ll feel the… Read More ›

Brain Damage

I remember once in rehab my PT was talking about another patient that she was treating that had an acoustic neuroma(brain tumor) and had a stroke during brain surgery.  Don’t have brain surgery people, you’re likely to have a stroke.  But if… Read More ›