Thanks for the encouragement. All is about the same through this week. Well, the near blizzard we had here cancelled out all appointments so we are re-scheduled for 2/19/07 to see Keiths Dr. about his foot and leg swelling. Fortunately Presidents day is a holiday for me so I wont have to scramble from work to home to pick up Keith and then on to Dr. office as usual. I am trying to find a way to reduce Keiths weight a little. Not that it is extreme but he has gotten a pretty good tummy goin
Hello to everyone. Well everything is progressing here at its usuall pace. keith is still coming up with new words which are in the correct context of what he is trying to say but as yet he has not been able to repeat them when prompted. Even so, the fact that he is coming up with new words is wonderful. Keith has had some difficulty with swelling of his right leg recently and an increase in Hydrothorathiazide has not alleviated the problem so we will see his GP this week and possibly ask f
Just now getting back to the blog. My health has not been very good over the past two weeks so I havent been up to posting a weekly comment. Keith is doing ok. I believe we may have turned the corner on his depression. We have not seen noticeable change recently. We continue range of motion and he does move about the house pretty much as usual-which isnt a great deal. He had a fall last week while trying to exercise his leg. Fortunately he was not seriously injured but banged up a bit. K
This past week there has been no significant change. Although we have started Keith on CPAP since we found that he has sleep apnea. His state of confusion although mild has been constant. He wants to sleep quite a bit as well. He has had some swelling in left leg so we have increased meds for that and seems to be working. Keith continues to say new words but still unable to repeat them at will. Still, we will keep at it and try to keep moving forward.
Looks as if things might have leveled out in regard to Keiths depression. Although his psychiatrist has suggested that we increase Cymbalta by 30mg a day. Just started yesterday. Still good reflex in right leg but no longer any thumb movement. Speech remains the same with some words in the proper context but he hasnt seemed to be able to repeat them. Yesterday he began to experience swelling of the left leg and foot. He is taking 25 mg Hydrochlorothiazide but it not helping and neither h
Not much going on this week. Keith is still a bit under the weather. Lost appetite and not up to moving around very much. He did however ask to go see Dreamgirls. This he enjoyed thoroughly and I believe it did him good to get out of the house. We have encountered an increasing degree of spasticity in his right arm just this week. I have found that on occaisions when Keith is very tense it becomes very difficult to accomplish good range of motion. I have him take deep breaths and try to time
Hi Folks. This week has been a little sluggish for both keith and myself. Keith came down with sniffles that turned into a proper head cold so it seems. He hasnt felt like doing much of anything. Rather uncoperative since he doesnt feel so hot. I insisted on his daily range of motion. He hasnt had any more thumb movement either. So I am hoping to help him get over this cold and get back to the routine. He has also hit a slump with the anti-depressant but that may relate to his cold. I
Well, we have had a rather good week. Keith has had a bit of depression but not nearly as it was in weeks past. We are continuing to get away from the anti-depessant Lyrica. He is down to one 50 mg capsule a day with no major setbacks. I was thrilled to find that Keith now has intermitant voluntary movement in his thumb. It is not strong by any means yet but considering that this was something he could never do before is exciting. He is also saying words now that were never part of his ex
Keith has is recently in the process of attempting to walk without using his brace. Although he does not have muscle control in his right foot, we decided to try walking short distances in order to move the muscles in walking motion. Keith has been troubled by confusion lately with has led to anxiety. Working with his doctor, I have asked that we began to try to reduce or eliminate some of the many medications he has been prescribed for depression and anxiety. The side effect of one medi
Hello. My name is Ted and I am writing on behalf of my partner Keith. We have just returned today 11/3/06 f having had stem cell therapy in Mexico. Keiths stroke took place in June of 2003. His right extremities have been paralyzed and he has aphasia. He is not able to speak other than a very few words.
It has been our belief that stem cell therapy offered our best hope of achieving some kind of recognizable improvement.
Keith and I first learned of the possibilities of stem cell