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I had lunch with a lady earlier this week to discuss options for her brother, a stroke survivor.  We were talking for a while and she asked “so what are the options for stroke victims?”  I responded “there really aren’t any.”  There aren’t.  And it makes me so upset and angry that I could just spit.  And I do sometimes.  When I had the stroke, I had health insurance at the time that approved 20 visits of physical therapy per year.  This was 20 approved visits of therapy whether I was seeking treatment for a sprained ankle or a stroke.  Umm.  THIS.NEEDS.TO.CHANGE.  “Lucky” for me, I had the education and knew what to do therapy-wise, and for some reason of which I have no idea I had the inner drive to actually do it.  It is utterly absurd and atrocious that some insurance companies do not differentiate between diagnoses and the same reimbursement will exist whether it’s for a broken finger or a traumatic brain injury.  I think I’ll write a few insurance companies some letters about this.  Since I am all about writing letters and agitating people and since I have a writing skill or two, I think I’ll make that my next project.  It is also utterly absurd that meditation is not a part of mainstream medicine.  I need to stop writing and go meditate, I’m getting too angry.

Please go here for a better, affordable alternative to learning Transcendental Meditation.

Dean, have a great trip.




I was blown away by this article and wanted to share.  (Credit to Barb, I read this because you liked it on Facebook)

The norm sure as hell ain’t always better, or even good. At all.


Heel Raises (calf raises)

I tried to explain to someone the importance of this exercise and strengthening this muscle.


This will strengthen the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, the calf muscles.  These muscles, when contracted, will plantarflex the foot(point the toes).  So when you do this exercise in standing, the only way to point the toes is to lift the body and raise the heels off of the ground.  This exercise looks easy but can be quite hard.  When you do this exercise standing, you’re using small(ish) muscles to lift the weight of the entire body.  You have to work even harder if you’ve got a few extra pounds on you.  You have to work about a million times harder if you had a stroke and the connection from the brain to those muscles is all messed up.  So when you’re walking, at the end of the stance phase of gait, right before toe-off…’s a picture that shows what I’m talking about.……


So when you’re walking, at the end of the stance phase of gait, you have to lift the entire weight of the body with ONE LEG because the other leg has already swung forward.  The legs do opposite things during the gait cycle, they move forward in a reciprocal pattern.  So getting the calves strong, which is responsible for that motion, is vital for walking.