Monday, July 06, 2015

Finding New Items

July 6, 2015
Sas Freeman

I am pleased to say with the correct balance of rest and a little time doing things, I am able to venture out a little more. I am beginning to bounce back.

Nick and I decided to have a couple of hours looking around a pretty Cotswold Town and sit outside one of the pubs, in its courtyard garden lapping up the sunshine, fragrance of the flowers and enjoy a bite to eat, an excuse to stay longer.

We went to a place called Winchcombe and as always, I have eyes peeled for anything new and helpful for both myself and fellow survivors. I also, a girl’s word here, needed another pair of trousers. On spotting a little clothes shop, I was drawn in for the chance to be in the cool as much as the clothes you understand, and Nick could sit down and read the paper.

I found a make of trousers I hadn’t heard of before from Holland and you have guessed they just happened to have the colour I was looking for and in my size, only one pair left in my size I may add. Now I can hear your brain ticking, thinking trousers, what’s so different here? Well,  they are lovely and cool, don’t crease AND they do not have elastic that is obvious, they appear to have a waste, but no zip or buttons you simply pull them on. Once on they give the appearance of trousers that would do up with both button and zip. Now all I have to do is remember the make to pass on to you, I will have to look inside. I realise Winchcombe is not on everyone’s doorstep but I’m sure other people sell them, and the lovely friendly lady in the shop told me she is happy to order for people and post out. I have now looked up the details, the make of trousers are Robell, the shop is called me me me and the lady owner is Kelly Brown

Continuing with helpful things, I have also found something made by Oxo, called a button hook. It has a large chunky easy to hold handle. A wire type end that you thread through a button hole, grab your button pull back through and fasten your buttons, no more situations of struggling to grip the little blighters.

Maybe between us we could have fifty shades of gadgets/information/tips to help fellow survivors with daily tasks what do you think? If you write in with your name and suggestion, I could put them all together in one blog. #50shadesofstroke

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All Other Difficulties are of Minor Importance

Dean Reinke
Deans’ Stroke Musing
Friday, July 3, 2015

Another great post from Seth Godin. This applies directly to our failing stroke associations. They are pushing easy research/press releases that identifies items that cause stroke risk. There is nothing controversial or hard about this. When they could work on the f*ckingly hard problems in stroke.   "All other difficulties are of minor importance”.

The Wright Brothers decided to solve the hardest problem of flight first. It's so tempting to work on the fun, the urgent or even the controversial parts of a problem.

There are really good reasons to do the hard part first, though. In addition to not wasting time in meetings about logos, you'll end up getting the rest of your design right if you do the easy parts last.

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Wow, Thanks!

Tim Seefeldt
Brain Food Cafe for the Mind
Posted July 5, 2015

It may not be Thanksgiving, but with Canada Day and Independence Day this past week and with summer in full swing, it’s pretty hard not to be thinking about what a fella is thankful for.

There’s life itself, great parents, an amazing wife and daughters who’ve managed not to inherit my faults and have taken in all the good stuff – and there’s plenty of that — their mom was able to pass on to them.

There are friends, travel, work, volunteering and seemingly random experiences that have enriched me and challenged my thinking.

There’s also a great country and province to call home, a place where the son of a bricklayer and secretary gets the same breaks and has the same opportunities as anybody else.

Of course, there’s also the shite. But there’s even stuff to be thankful for there.

Post stroke Tim looks at a stunning mountain range, a perfectly maintained ’64 Porsche and hears the subtleties of a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo differently than pre stroke Tim did. The moment isn’t to be taken lightly; I drink it in and savor the taste. I try to lock it in my memory banks as brain food to draw on later. This sounds a little dorky when I play it back out loud with my robo reader.

But it is what it is. And it’s true.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

First Holiday Alone

The Pink House On The Corner
Saturday, July 4, 2015

Today has been hard.  Tonight there will be fireworks, folks out there having a good time.

I have spent the day, alone, curled up on Bob's hospital bed, in tears.

I keep the phone by the bed, but rarely does it ring, anymore. I'm sure everyone is pretty tired of this weepy widow.

I have two sick puppies by my side.  Boomer -- the usual end of life issues.  Kona has developed an infection on her incision site (from the spay) and is vomiting.  Took Kona back to the vet yesterday. She's got new meds and a prescribed "bland diet". Though the doctor thinks the vomiting might be "stress related".   I can certainly relate to that, as I've been doing the same.

Tonight, I light a candle by Bob's ashes, his sunglasses, watch, a lamp that he restored, along with Zenith's ashes, her collar, seashells from our honeymoon.  My little memorial table:

Some days, I just don't know how to deal with this....

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Toilet Training in Rehab is a Disaster

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
June 26, 2015

A friend in rehab fell twice while transferring to the toilet.  I was in this hospital so I know how toileting is managed in this institution.  When I told my PT doing squats improved my balance when I pulled my pants up at the toilet she said she was glad PTs do not toilet training.  OTs evaluate how clients get on and off the toilet, but not how clients handle clothing in the bathroom. Aides are the ones who deal with toileting.  Aides have large caseloads so they get everyone to therapy on time by doing everything for their clients.  Aides are doing what parents do to get their children out of the house in the morning.  Aides and parents do things people could do for themselves IF they had enough time.  Here is why stroke survivors need training to be safe when toileting.

One challenge is handling clothing.  It took me three weeks for my standing balance to improve enough for me to feel safe when I pulled my pants up over my hemiplegic (paralyzed) hip.  I had to twist my trunk to allow my sound to reach the front and back of my hemiplegic hip.  Small weight shifts while rotating my trunk were enough to throw me off balance.  When my skin was damp after a shower or a vigorous therapy session it took repeated tries to get my pants all the way up.

Friday, July 03, 2015

It's a Comedy -- and the Joke's on Me

The Pink House On The Corner
Thursday, July 2, 2015

So, what happened is this:

On Saturday, I took Kona for a walk.  Now Kona is a very sweet dog, very mild tempered and she minds well. She knows her name, comes when she's called, knows the meaning of "no!" and is house trained.  But that's about the extent of it. She does not know "sit", "stay", "wait". And I don't believe she has ever been walked on a leash!

The first time I put a leash on Kona, she dragged me down the alley. This was not fun, especially since she's 91 lbs.  I trained Boomer with a German Pinch collar, so I put that on Kona and decided to start training her to "heel".  It was going pretty good.

So back to Saturday, I decided to walk Kona the six blocks to the lake where there is a dog park. I thought she might enjoy running free with some other dogs.  She was doing real well, so well, in fact, that I got sloppy.

We were crossing the street to the park and I was watching traffic and I wasn't watching Kona. Big mistake. She stepped in front of me and I tripped right over her. And fell. Flat on the ground. In the middle of the street. And Kona, seeing me on the ground, laid down next to me.

No one helped me. Even though there were plenty of people around. I got up, bleeding from my knee and leg, limped across the street to sit down on a park bench.  After catching my breath, we went home.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Laid-Back Admin: TinyURL

Dr. Beagle C. Cranium
Stroke Survivors Tattler

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday News

Contents of This Week Saturday News June 27th / 2015
Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, loss of loved ones, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation (see castaway). Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy. A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense, these two words refer, respectively, to the joy and the pain of being alone. A longer definition comes from Wikipedia.
                   -- Transforming Solitude: Trevor Weltman at TEDxUofM
                   -- Two Solitudes Meet - Swimmers (With English Subtitles)
                   -- 7k Early Morning Jog in Sveitsi Forest
                   -- Fall Canoeing in Algonquin: Boot Lake
                   -- Whitewater Canoeing - Petawawa River, Algonquin Park
                   -- Kayak Solitude
                   -- Pogo 6.50 (21’) "Solitude"
                   -- Catrike 700. The Fastest Production Recumbent Trike in the World.
                   -- Snowshoes And Solitude (2014) - (Documentary)
    Saturday News | Future Topic
    Jul-Aug/2015  | Summer Break 2015 (articles ordered by date)

    Definition: Solitude

    Solitude From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Solitude by Frederic Leig
          a) This summer holidays, July thru August, I will take a little bit of relax and reduced published every week Stroke Survivors Tattler.  See Laid-Back Admin: Reduced Summer Holidays for details. This article, Definition/Video Solitude, is mostly for me but useful for, at least some people, that is Stroke Survivors.
          b) For me it is long distance exercise e.g. swimming laps -- your mind is in a different space, like solitude, and you can concentrate for think about anything, very important to the trivial. Meanwhile, your physical body is on automatic - kick, stroke, breath, flip turn, ..., again,... BTW after my “stroke”, my stroke/kick/... is just a lot slower but good exercise anyway and my thoughts go from ridiculous to sublime.

    Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, loss of loved ones, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation (see castaway).

    Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy.

    A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense, these two words refer, respectively, to the joy and the pain of being alone.

    Health Effects

    Symptoms from complete isolation, called sensory deprivation, often include anxiety, sensory illusions, or even distortions of time and perception. However, this is the case when there is no stimulation of the sensory systems at all, and not only lack of contact with people. Thus, by having other things to keep one's mind busy, this is avoided.

    Still, long-term solitude is often seen as undesirable, causing loneliness or reclusion resulting from inability to establish relationships. Furthermore, it might even lead to clinical depression. However, for some people, solitude is not depressing. Still others (e.g. monks) regard long-term solitude as a means of spiritual enlightenment. Indeed, marooned people have been left in solitude for years without any report of psychological symptoms afterwards.

    Enforced loneliness (solitary confinement) has been a punishment method throughout history. It is often considered a form of torture. In contrast, some psychological conditions (such as schizophrenia and schizoid personality disorder) are strongly linked to a tendency to seek solitude. In animal experiments, solitude has been shown to cause psychosis.

    Video: Solitude

    SSTattler: I used as a adult for exercise & enjoyment and after my stroke, I can do it, but just slower and usually with absolutely Solitude!

    Transforming Solitude: Trevor Weltman at TEDxUofM

    Published on May 1, 2012

    Trevor Weltman is an undergraduate in Asian Studies. A fluent speaker of Mandarin and a student of Hindi, he has traveled and lived extensively in China and India. Most importantly, Trevor is a certified meditation instructor who—in line with his teacher's belief that spirituality be made available to all those who seek it regardless of class, caste, color, or creed—teaches meditation for free.

    Standard YouTube License @ TED

    Headline Blog: Solitude

    Definition: Blog (noun). Add new material to or regularly update to a blog. (Origin 1990s: blog shortening of weblog)


    Pamela Hsieh
    Rehab Revolution
    27 April 2010

    I've been thinking about what makes me such a strange case in what we'll call the history of stroke rehab. I don't presume to claim to be superspecial, because that's arrogant and would probably step on the feet of those who've been on this boat and prevailed much more impressively than I have. But anyway, whenever I step foot back into a medical setting for people like me, say, back at my old rehab facilities or hospitals, I always feel strangely detached.

    It's a detachment probably spurred by the number of years that have passed since my injury. While I'll never forget having lived this, the freshness of the memory of being in the hospital and being completely dependent on medical staff and my friends and family fades a little every day. So if anyone following this blog ever feels that I don't address that initial stage after injury enough so, I deeply apologize. This is for anyone who needs to overcome a tremendous life setback, no matter at what point, but the greatest improvements always come the quickest -- shortly after onset. And that's when the blow hits you hardest, when your heart is heaviest. It's the most obvious time to feel the pain of such a sudden change, and I would like to be sensitive to that. The rehab journey often is a very solitary one, but it's more widespread than people like to think. Think of it like a clear night sky -- the stars are separate but numerous, each with its unique ability to shine.

    Home Alone: Solitude Might be Dangerous
             for Stroke Patients

    Jeff Porter
    Stroke of Faith
    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    I can see lots of reasons that it might be true that, as one study finds, male stroke victims are at a greater risk of premature death when living alone:
    ▶ Excess mortality was found among 36 percent of the patients living alone, as opposed to 17 percent of those with partners who died within 12 years after a stroke. The gap was also heavier among men at 44 percent to 14 percent. 
    ▶ "Among the conceivable causes are that people who live alone lead less healthy lives, are less prone to take their medication and tend to wait longer before going to the emergency room," Dr. Redfors said, in a news release. "For the healthy controls, excess mortality was also greater among men, particularly those living alone."
    Now, does that mean single men need to find someone now? I'm not sure about that. But it would make sense to designate someone to act on your behalf if needed, in addition to the cautions the news release cites.

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    Steven H. Cornelius
    Music and Stroke
    Posted on May 27, 2012

    During my week at Mass General and the following three at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital I had many visitors. I enjoyed my friends’ company and looked forward to their visits, but had trouble understanding why they came.

    I was content with solitude, even told Sharan not to come every day.

    She and my friends were wiser than I. Only recently have I begun to understand how their compassion healed.

    They reeled me in and brought me back from the abyss.

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    Eclectic Stuff

    Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources


    Amy Shissler
    My Cerebellar Stroke Recovery
    April 15, 2015

    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.

    See: Why the World Needs The Mentally Different.

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    Exercise as a Treatment Following Stroke

    Bill Yates
    Brain Posts
    Posted 20th February 2014

    Exercise appears to be therapeutic in treatment of a variety of medical conditions.

    However, the relative magnitude of the effect of exercise is less well documented.

    Comparing the magnitude of the therapeutic effect of exercise with that of common drug interventions can be quite informative.

    Such comparisons provide insight into the relative value of exercise and the role of exercise in comprehensive treatment planning.

    Huseyin Naci and John Ioannidis recently published a study of the comparative effectiveness of exercise in the British Medical Journal.

    A Stroke Turned Me into a Lizard

    Rebecca Dutton
    Home After a Stroke
    June 16, 2015

    I used to be a warm-blooded mammal who could regulate her body temperature - sweating when hot and generating body heat when cold.  A stroke turned me into a cold-blooded lizard whose body temperature is controlled by my environment.  There are many centers that control body temperature so I will never know what is out of whack (e.g. the hypothalamus in the brain that monitors body temperature, epinephrine excreted by the adrenal gland that increases body heat, etc.).

    In late May and early June temperatures fluctuated between 40 degrees (F) at night to 80 degrees during the day.  This is not normal spring weather for New Jersey.  If I forgot to switch from air conditioning (AC) to heat at bed time I would wake up shivering.  I was covered by an extra blanket, but the cold air around my head was enough to lower my body temperature.  When I got up to turn on the heat, my house was 62 degrees.  My Scottish ancestors lived 700 miles from the Artic Circle so I used to have a body that was genetically engineered for cold weather.  When it got to 80 degrees my body overreacted on the hemiplegic (paralyzed) side.  Sweat started pouring from my temple on the hemiplegic side of my face, but not on the sound side.  I wiped off the sweat repeatedly so people would not see sweat streaming down my face.  My hemiplegic foot became red and hot.  It was scary to know my body could not cope with these drastic 24 hour fluctuations.

    Bottom Line: Poor temperature control is like fatigue - an invisible deficit I have to manage.

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    The Relationship Between Surgical Procedures
             and Blood Clots

    Joyce Hoffman
    The Tales of a Stroke Patient
    Jun 21, 2015

    Wake-up time. If you're going to have surgery in the near or distant future, please read this post. As common, a little history first.

    Blood clot
    Blood clots are a solemn reminder of just how fragile the human body is. Blood clots usually appear in your legs and are called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the most common type of blood clot after surgery. They typically remain in the legs, but can break free and begin to move through the blood stream, like to the lungs or brain, known as an embolism. I had two blood clot experiences as a stroke survivor, and with both, the hospital kept me for a week each time. You might think that doctors and nurses are obsessed by blood clots, but this event is serious business. And the obsession is valid.

    Blood clots can lead to a stroke, another name for an embolism that travels to the brain. Strokes can result in long-term disabilities including slurred speech, an inability to speak, one-sided weakness, and facial drooping, for example.

    Pulmonary embolism
    A pulmonary embolism means one clot landed up in your lungs, causing possible pain and severe shortness of breath, resulting in death for 30%.

    Clots are often associated with surgery. The reason is, the person is lying still during the procedure and potentially for many hours post-surgery. (Blood clots, as mentioned in my blog, can also form when an person is motionless for long periods of time, such as during airplane ride a long car trip.

    Making Sense of Things

    Sas Freeman
    June 21, 2015

    5o shades
    Firstly I would love to say a huge thank you to all my lovely Twitter friends, for their kind thoughts and messages whilst I’ve been in hospital, I really appreciate them. I’ve missed you all. I’m home now, as Nick mentioned, but due to much switching of medications, I’d be fibbing if I said I was feeling a lot better. Sometimes I think I do, then I try and stand in one position and I still experience the same bad symptoms as before. That said we are getting there. I’ve had a clever device fitted which tells my cardiologist, what the heart is doing when I experience these episodes. My meds have increased by 12 extra tablets a day so now it is such a huge quantity four times a day, remembering those with stroke brain is a task in itself  back to notes everywhere and as they keep changing you can imagine the muddle we get into, you have to laugh!

    Returning to the heading, should I be asking instead ‘ can anyone make sense of these recurring setbacks?’ Pre stroke day’s I used to be one of those people always on the go, juggling several things at once and never tiring always fitting in something else.

    Interview with Dr. Garnet Cummings
             on 630 Ched Edmonton

    Ramon Florendo
    Life After a Stroke
    Published on Jun 2, 2015

    Dr. Garnet Cummings interviewed by Bruce Bowie of 630 Ched about Brain Injury and the upcoming Brain injury Awareness Kick Off Breakfast.

    Standard YouTube License @ Brain Care

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    Dummy! Or, Stupid is as Stupid Does

    Tim Seefeldt
    Brain Food Cafe for the Mind
    Posted June 23, 2015

    Brain buzz or no brain buzz, I can be a first class fool. And, sadly, I can’t blame it on sizzling my melon when I stroked out.

    Last week I was cut off while driving.

    “Idiot!” I shouted to myself in the car as I hammered on the horn. “Where do these people learn to drive?”

    A day or two later, I cut somebody off. I figured it out when their horn sounded an attack. They went with a long first trumpet then followed with a series of short bursts. It sounded to me like; “Idiot! Where did you learn to drive?”

    “Jerk,” I thought. “He must have been speeding. Where’d she come from, anyway? I bet they changed lanes. Where do these people learn to drive?”

    It was only later that I pondered my reactions. What did I mean when I thought “these people?” I didn’t see the driver in either case. Man, woman, young, old, race, I had no clue. Did I have an unfortunate stereotype of what a bad driver looks like? My pondering made me uncomfortable, so I shelved it.

    Weekly Columnists

    Definition: Columnist |ˈkäləmnist| (noun). A blogger or a journalist contributing regularly to a blog or newspaper

    Musing: The 18 Habits of Highly Creative People

    Dean Reinke
    Deans’ Stroke Musing
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    If we are going to solve the stroke medical problem WE are going to have to be incredibly creative. Does your doctor fall into these categories at all? Is your doctor a visionary or a caretaker? See the link The 18 Habits of Highly Creative People.

    While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.

    1.    They daydream.
    2.    They observe everything.
    3.    They work the hours that work for them.
    4.    They take time for solitude.
    5.    They turn life’s obstacles around.
    6.    They seek out new experiences.
    7.    They “fail up.”
    8.    They ask the big questions.
    9.    They people-watch.
    10.  They take risks.
    11.  They view all of life as an opportunity for self-expression.
    12.  They follow their true passions.
    13.  They get out of their own heads.
    14.  They lose track of the time.
    15.  They surround themselves with beauty.
    16.  They connect the dots.
    17.  They constantly shake things up.
    18.  They make time for mindfulness.

    Fully fleshed out at the link.

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    Sunday Stroke Survival: Courage? Retrospect!?

    Jo Murphey
    The Murphey Saga
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    I was told I was very courageous a couple of days ago. My first thought was me! Courageous?? Funny, I don't think or feel that way. I'm down right miserable and terrified at times. I'm more like the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz.

    I'm just getting by hopping troubles like a frog hops from water lily to water lily to keep from getting all wet. I actually had to stop and think what was I doing that could be considered courageous.

    In the past few years I've had quite a few life altering events. My father's rapid onset dementia...what could be more challenging or heart breaking for a child? Granted I'm no little child on the outside, but deep inside, I still am. My stroke taking away half my body and my voice. Relearning how to do everything again or adapting ways to do 88% of what I used to do. My husband who was told by many doctors over the past thirteen years, "Any time now" finally reached the point of truly any time now. How I am still his caregiver.

    Any one of these things could rock anybody's life off the tracks, but all at one time span of a year is insane. But yet I do realize that it can and does. And, it's happening to more than just me. I mean really, if I was the only one singled out to face all of this in the whole world... but statistically that would be like one person hitting the mega billion dollar just doesn't happen. So somewhere out there is a family who is suffering the same life altering events or worse.

    Caregiver: Then Bob Falls Under The Porch

    The Pink House On The Corner
    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    The other night, I was talking on the phone with Bob's uncle and I was sitting on the back porch/wheelchair ramp. We were talking about the fiasco that Bob's "Celebration of Life" became after one of Bob's relatives acted out in a completely childish manner. I won't go into details, except to say that there has been a lot of strife in that family for many years and I would have hoped that, on this solemn occasion, certain people would have kept their mouths shut and paid a bit of respect to Bob's memory and the people he loved. Unfortunately, that did not happen.

    Anyway, I was talking on the phone with Bob's uncle, when I happened to glance down and notice that the little white bronze heart that contains some of Bob's ashes and that I now wear around my neck was gone!  So, I'm freaking out, checking the folds of Bob's t-shirt (which I am wearing) looking for the bronze heart and Chris (who had shown up while I was on the phone and sat down next to me) is looking at me curiously and I hold the empty chain up that is still around my neck and her mouth drops open and she whispers "Check your bra!"

    So I'm reaching down to check my bra when I see, out of the corner of my eye, a little whitish thing roll onto the porch deck and plop right through the space between the floor boards and fall under the porch.

    But I'm thinking that that's not the little bronze heart because whatever that was, was too small. And, to my relief, I find the little heart nestled inside my bra but to my horror the plug at the hole on the top of heart is missing and the thing is empty.

    Now I'm really freaking out because Bob is gone. He fell right out. And the thing I saw roll on the porch deck must've been him, the tiny container that contained his ashes.

    Tadpole Update: Reported to June 26th

    John C. Anderson
    Stroke Survivors Tattler
    Rails to Trails Tour (aka RTT)
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Decpina, North Carolina
    and back
    (June 1st to September 29th)

    Date           | Start           ✔︎ = DONE
    3) June 11-17  | Denver, CO
                   | CHATFIELD STATE PARK -- June 11-14            
                   | CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK -- June 14-18         
                   | ✔︎ The Clear Creek Trail - 20 miles
                   | ✔︎ The Platte River Trail - 28 miles
                   | ✔︎ The Little Dry Creek Trail - 10 miles
                   | ✔︎ The Cherry Creek Trail - 40 miles
                   | ✔︎ The High Line Canal Trail - 71 miles
                   | ✔︎ The C-470 East Trail - 15.7 miles
                   | ✔︎ Ralston Creek Trail - 13.7 miles
    4) June 18  | Ft. Kearny, NE                                
                   | ✔︎ The Cottonmill to Fort Kearny Trail - 17 miles
    5) June 19-27  | Ashland, NE                                   
                   | ✔︎ The Homestead Trail - 40 miles
                   | ✔︎ Omaha's Big Papio Trail - 10 miles
                   | ✔︎ The Keystone Trail - 15 miles
                   | ✔︎ The MoPac Trail - 21.7 miles
                   | ✔︎ Nebraska's Oak Creek Trail - 13 miles

    Jun 22, 2015 - "Rails to Trails Tour"

    We drive to Ashland NE where my bother Gene Z has Lake Cabin. Beautiful here sitting by lake! Today is RV cleaning inside, wash the truck, restock supplies. Tomorrow we ride The MoPac Trail!

    Attitude is 90% of life, think positive! "Fins Up"

    -- Dan Zimmerman

    Jester: Mental Fitness Evaluation

    Jackie Poff
    Stroke Survivors Tattler
    This test is to ascertain your mental state now. If you get one right you are doing ok, if you get none right you better go for counseling. (I'll meet you there.)

    There are 4 test questions. Don’t miss one.

    1. Giraffe Test - How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

    The correct answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

    2. Elephant Test - How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

    Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? WrongAnswer.

    Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

    3. Lion King Test - The Lion King is hosting an Animal Conference. All the animals attend... except one. Which animal does not attend?

    Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

    4. Crocodile Test - There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

    TED Talks - David Epstein:
             Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

    Published on Apr 29, 2014

    SSTattler: A bit wrinkles for stroke survivors statistic ... :-)

    When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

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    Rick Mercer Report: Rick and Paralympic Sailing

    Published on Nov 20, 2013

    Rick goes to Halifax, NS to spend a day on the water with Paralympic champion Paul Tingley to learn the ins and outs of Paralympic sailing.

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    Laid-Back Admin: Reduced Summer Holidays

    John C. Anderson
    Stroke Survivors Tattler
    This is the fourth year of Summer Holidays (July - August) for Stroke Survivors Tattler - thanks specially for the readers - approx. 500 readers / week! See the graph Users.

    Both myself the Coder - John A., and CEO - Dr. Beagle C. will reduced the weekly articles and especially we will only for the summer drop:
    • Headline Saturday News and Wikipedia/Video
    • Headline Blog & Eclectic Stuff from Guest Bloggers, and,
    • Weekly Columists from Guest Bloggers/ TED/ RickM/ etc...,
    • Daily Comics.

    Dr. Beagle C. Cranium
    Stroke Survivors Tattler
    We will include the articles and update approximate every week+/-:
    • Important Articles from stroke / TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) / ...,
    • Personal stuff  - sailing, bicycle, Higgs Boson, navel-gazing etc...,
    • Tadpole Update - from DanTrikeMan & CatGilbert, AZ to Cary, NC to Gilbert, AZ (round trip ending approx. Sept 29),
    • Laid-Back Admin - if necessary,
    • Sometimes we are late in the summer but we do things like: "metal-on-the-pedal" (tadpole), camping wherever,... but we will be back soon.
    Note: There is no “Saturday News”, no "Contents for This Week...” and just articles ordered by date during the summer.

    Thanks for the good fourth year SSTattler & cheers,
    John A. & Dr. Beagle C. 

    Daily Comics

    For Better and For Worse
    Lynn Johnston

    Canada Family Events
    Scott Adams

    Dilbert Office Events

    Edmonton Journal
    Malcolm Mayes
    Politics Views from Canada

    Garry Trudeau

    Politics Views from USA

    ** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very, very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using and