Stroke stuff

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›