It has been years since posting here or replying to content. Too busy living life. Just got back from a two week trip to Spain. I keep busy updating my personal blog and writing chapters in a collaborative stroke book. I barely have enough time writing 5-25 posts a day to visit stroke forums along with a full time job. Deans' Stroke Musings for those who aren't offended by swearing. 11 years and having the time of my life. My 10,000 step a day goal has been going strong for 13 weeks.
And it only took 4 years 1 month. www.oc1dean.blogspot.com
I like having my own blog where I can say completely outrageous things like the entire stroke medical world is f-bombed up, and then prove it by pointing to research they should be following. This does not meet Dale Carnegies book, 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'. I will need someone else to play the good cop.
I have visions and I'm soft in the head, I've actually become smarter and more focused post-stroke.
All strokes are immediately diagnosed via the tri-corder into ischemic vs. haemorrhagic. In the ambulance.
Then those suitable for tPA are serviced with magnetic nanoparticle tPA that is directed to the exact spot of the blockage via magnets. And since tPA has an appalling 12% efficacy rate we go directly to the stopping of the neuronal cascade of death has been identified with some of these
I'll be provocative here. :Rant-On:
ARE we having more strokes? WILL they have devastating consequences? These do not overly worry the placidly ensconced. The solution is the responsibility of medical world. YOU do more work. YOU cater to my indifference and confusion. YOU make it easy for me. It's YOUR problem, not mine.
This was paraphrased from Tom Toles' comment on saving the environment copied below:
ARE we changing the climate? WILL it have devastating consequences? These do not overly
I brewed some Irish Draught Ale a couple of months ago and today decided to bottle it by myself(48 bottles). This was quite the challenge since I usually invite a friend over to cap the bottles in return for some of the beer. I have a two-handed capper. Keeping the cap in place while I pry my hand onto one of the levers involves picking the cap up several times. I can't get my wrist to unlock from spasticity so I could never get my upper body weight over the levers to properly crimp the cap. Lu
I was in northern Minnesota this weekend visiting a friend who owns a bowling alley. My bowling was not good the balls that fit my fingers were 14-16 lbs and at that weight I can't really control the swing very well, my regular bowling is with a 10 lb. ball. But the really fun part was playing bottle billiards. The official rules are listed here. Our rules are slightly different, you can't start scoring until you Carom the cue ball off both object balls, either object ball sank in a pocket is 1
Got your attention didn't I.Last weekend I was in northern Minnesota at the Maplelag resort. XC skiing went ok, about 4k Sat., only fell once going down a slight hill when the groomed tracks disappeared and I no longer can jump around on my skiis to catch myself before falling. The owner collects signs and look at part 2 for the picture. On Sunday I skied 8k, fell three times, twice because the temperature hit 43 softening the snow in the sun, going down hills switching from shade to sun caused
A stroke group in Minneapolis has a weekly outing. We get 8-12 people there every Friday. A few of us can walk up to the line to bowl, some bowl from a standing position at the line. We even have a wheelchair user who rolls up to the line where he stands up and someone hands him his ball. No ramp use for any of us. Last week he got a little too vigorous on one of his releases and did a slow motion fall at the end. It only took about 6 survivors to get him back in his chair. The alley even lets
I was at a bar(Shamrocks) on Sunday night listening to a college friend play in a band Rythym Pups. They have a wonderful mural in there with ghosts hovering over patrons eating at the tables. A good friend, Sue brings various musical instruments for the audience to play. I grab the hollow wooden percussion frog and a drumstick. I pry my fingers open enough to get the frog into my left hand. This provides hours of spasticity relaxing therapy. When I beat on the frog with the drumstick , this sen
A couple of possibilities:
1. Design a Brain Experiment Competition
The Dana Foundation is holding a competition for high school students. Talk your teacher into this, they have to submit it. So if you have one or a grandchild of that age have them put together a proposal. You should be able to come up with ideas, if you can't email me and I'll propose one of the dozens percolating. By Jan. 19 so start your brains. Lets flood them with stroke research ideas.
I loved the title, and it does make some interesting points about how little brain you really need and still function quite well. Maybe single neuron power works just fine.
You'll have to look at it on the web since it's an image.
This blogger does a good job describing it;
And since my biking incident maybe I would b
Well I tried the bike thing again, failed spectactularily. I didn't follow thru on my plans, which was to have a friend over to help me. I looked at my initial success and didn't analyze it enough to figure out why it worked. I wrapped my left hand on the handlebar, grabbed the arbor with my right hand to get my right leg over the seat. The left pedal was at the bottom of the arc so I could easily get my left foot on the pedal. I pushed off with my right foot and got the right foot on the ri
When I came back from Winnipeg I stopped at a friends cabin. There was a bicycle leaning against a car in the paved parking lot. I stared at it and decided it was time to see if I could still ride. I pried my left hand onto the handlebar. I tried about 6 times standing on my left leg to swing my right leg over the seat. Finally just put my right hand against the car. Luckily the left pedal was at the bottom of the arc., so I didn't have to counteract the spasticity to get it situated. I successf
This is one of those off the wall posts. :bouncing_off_wall: While resting between sessions of tree cutup work, I would dangle my left arm over the arm rest and rest it on the ground. My reason is to let my arm muscles know they can relax but opportunistic flies would come by and give me painful bites on the arm and hand or just go straight through the sock If I had a really poor case of sensation this could be a wonderful therapy for reconnecting the pain receptors in the brain. For a longer t
STOP READING NOW. THIS IS A JOKE AND SARCASM. DO NOT ATTEMPT ANYTHING LIKE THIS WITHOUT YOUR DOCTORS PERMISSION. My dad wanted a butternut tree cut down and I wanted to help since I wanted a lot of the wood for woodturning. Dad is 84 and shouldn't really be running a chainsaw all day long, thats what younger sons like me are for.
My help was mostly piling branches and getting the foot-long pieces I wanted out of the way. Since I can't pick up any wood with two hands I would walk back and fort
I know this is outside the normal brain expectation but I rhetorically ask anyway. And this really does not help myself or anyone else, but someone has to ask the head-scratching questions if we want to understand how recovery works. Stump your neurologist with this question.
Standard dogma in brain exercise is that the more you use an area more neurons are recruited from adjacent areas to strengthen your ability to do those tasks. Ie. braille readers increase the area of the sensory cortex m
Practically every stroke forum I go to has persons commenting that stem cells are the only thing that will provide recovery for them. So far the only stem cell trials for the brain are in the safety stage, that is just to test that the stem cells do not cause problems. I see numerous problems that have to be considered and fixed before they can be considered successful.
1. If the cells are injected into the dead area they would need a blood supply and the cerebral spinal fluid would have to
Within an hour of getting to the hospital I got tPA. It looks like I had 90 minutes from onset to tPA.
<b>So lost neurons = 171 million
lost synapses = 1260 billion
lost mylinated fibers = 675 miles
Lost 5.4 years in brain age.
In each minute, 1.9 million neurons, 14 billion synapses, and 12 km (7.5 miles) of myelinated fibers are destroyed. Compared with the normal rate of neuron loss in brain aging, the ischemic brain ages 3.6 years each hour without treatment.
This was great because if we can get neurogenesis to work in the highest brain centers we might be able to correct most brain problems. And I could increase my brain reserve again.
The news from 1999, what the hell takes so long to get this important information disseminated? Every PMR doctor and neurologist should have known about this within one week of publication. Where is the social network for doctors?
I told you I can correlate anything to stroke rehab.
This came from Maree of Australia and I had to share
By: Author Unknown
A number of frogs were traveling through the woods. Two of
them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered
around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they
told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.
The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out
of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept
telling them t
This kind of gets into whether you want to be able to compensate for aphasia or recover. With this I talk about that here: http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/10/compensation-vs-recovery.html
A new iPhone app that will help people with autism or who are recovering from strokes has been developed in Canada.
The creator and lead researcher at the University of Toronto, Alexander Levy, says MyVoice, which says words wh
A little bit more of news on the spasticity front. Ask your therapist if this might help you. This is only 10 years old so if your therapist doesn't know this ask them why.
Tsai KH, Yeh CY, Chang HY, Chen JJ.
Department of Industrial Management, Southern Taiwan University of Technology, Tainan, ROC.
by KH Tsai - 2001
The control of spasticity is often a significant problem in the management of patients with spasticity. Th
This was so fascinating I had to research some more. And all these 9 wonderful cures for apoplexy from the late 1800's to early 1900's. I wonder what happened to them all. And if you die from apoplexy just take, Dr. Sibly's Re-Animating Solar Tincture.
The word derives from the Greek word apoplēxia (ἀποπληξία). Hippocrates used the word in his day to describe stroke.
Dr.Greene's Nervura sold for apoplexy along with 29 other afflictions
Geenes Nervura This was so fascinating I had to resea
This might make it easier to deliver a lot of the drugs I mentioned in my main blog.
A new way of delivering drugs to the brain has been developed by scientists at the University of Oxford.
They used the body's own transporters - exosomes - to deliver drugs in an experiment on mice.
The authors say the study, in Nature Biotechnology, could be vital for treating diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Muscular Dystrophy.
It started quite slowly, I was waiting for my medical staff to give me some concrete information on rehabilitation and then I could follow that and recover. That never occurred, I don't think my doctors in 30+ years of practice had ever figured out anything about stroke rehab. Since my cognitive abilities were spared, as soon as I got access to a computer I found a number of stroke forums and everyone on them was looking for information that no-one had gotten from their doctors. It became painf