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When I started this blog in 2012 I thought my life was over and I said in this ‘About Me’ section that “I used to be a physical therapist.” Now, I’m back to work as a physical therapist with an ENTIRELY different perspective and treatment methods.

I had a massive stroke at the age of 30. It’s a lot more common for a young person to have a stroke than anyone thinks. I could’ve taken a continuing education course about strokes but I decided to have one instead. I’m getting a much better education this way.

  • Reflexes

    You know when the doctor bangs you on the knee?  He’s testing your reflexes.  You probably already knew that but I’m going to tell you some stuff I bet you don’t know.  Reflexes can tell a lot about what’s happening… Read More ›

  • Sensation

    Ever wonder why the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice versa?  This is why….whenever you touch something or move certain nerves need to tell the brain what just happened.  At some point,… Read More ›

  • Types of Strokes

    You’re going to hear a lot of words when you have a stroke.  Ischemic, hemorrhagic, embolic, thrombotic, lacunar….what do they all mean?  Well, I’ll tell you.  A stroke is caused when something happens to a blood vessel in or to… Read More ›

  • Neuroplasticity

    A stroke is a brain injury, not a muscular injury.  It may seem like your muscles don’t work anymore but they do, they’re still there and just as good as they once were, well at first that is.  Soon atrophy… Read More ›

  • What are YOUR Goals in Therapy?

    I’m going to write a post here for all the inpatient therapists that might stumble across this page.  My advice – GET RID of the question “What are your goals?”.  Before I had my stroke, I was a physical therapist… Read More ›

  • Ataxia

    When there is a problem with the cerebellum, along with an intention tremor you also may have ataxia.  I have very ataxic movement.  Ataxia means a problem with coordination.  Every time I was evaluated by a doctor, one thing they… Read More ›

  • Headaches

    I always had migraines my whole life.  I know what head pain feels like.  Weird thing is I didn’t get a headache when I was having a stroke.  Usually, a really bad headache accompanies a stroke.  After the stroke, I… Read More ›

  • Napping

    I always LOVED to nap.  I’m known for my napping skills.  After the stroke, I took napping to a whole new level.  I slept A LOT.  My body just wanted to be asleep.  I would have occupational therapy at 1:00… Read More ›

  • Warning Signs/Risk Factors for Stroke

    I had no warning signs, none.  This happened to me out of the blue one morning.  I felt absolutely fine the days/weeks/months prior to my stroke.  One morning I just collapsed.  I kinda knew at the time I was having… Read More ›

  • Synergistic Movement

    When I first had my stroke, I couldn’t do much.  I was really good at laying there.  But I had to go to physical therapy.  I didn’t want to, trust me.  In physical therapy one of their main goals was… Read More ›

  • My Speech – Dysarthria

    There are a lot of things that can happen to your speech after a stroke.  It depends on where in the brain you stroked, how long it was before treatment, the severity of the stroke, etc.  Strokes are very individual. … Read More ›

  • The PFO Issue

    I have a PFO.  If you found this post by searching for PFO, then you know what it is.  If you don’t know, PFO stands for patent foramen ovale.  It is a ‘hole’ in the heart.  The blood in the… Read More ›

  • Treadmill for Stroke Recovery

    I am of the opinion that one of the best things you can do for yourself after a stroke is buy a treadmill – if you can walk that is.  If you can’t walk yet leave it to the rehab… Read More ›

  • My Story :)

    Hi everyone! The story of my stroke begins a little over a year ago.  I was at work as a physical therapist.  I had a very promising career ahead of me as I had just become “Mckenzie certified” after only… Read More ›