Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturdays News - Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat.  But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does—humans are a musical species.

Oliver Sacks’s compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people—from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; from people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds—for everything but music.

Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.

(see also May 12 - SSTattler Saturday: Face Blindness(Prosopagnosia): Oliver Sacks)

Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia - Strokes, Language, and Music

Oliver Sacks talks about strokes and the benefits of musical therapy.

TED x ColumbiaSC - Enabling Fluent Speech in Non-Fluent Aphasia

Dr. Julius Fridriksson

Director of the Aphasia Laboratory at the University of South Carolina, where he seeks to clarify the relationship between brain damage and speech/language impediments. His work has led to significant breakthroughs in helping stroke victims regain their ability to speak.

(Comments SSTattler: Dr. Fridriksson did not mention "music" vs nonFluent but there very similar like iPod vs nonFluent)

Music Therapy for My Second Mom

I've known Harriet Eckler for 47 non-stop years since I was 8 years old and now she's a TV star since her stroke she suffered last month.

Stroke Patients Regain Speech Through Singing

Stroke patients regain speech through singing.



From singing to speaking: facilitating recovery from nonfluent aphasia.

Schlaug G, Norton A, Marchina S, Zipse L, Wan CY.

Department of Neurology, Music, Neuroimaging & Stroke Recovery Laboratories, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA.

It has been reported for more than 100 years that patients with severe nonfluent aphasia are better at singing lyrics than they are at speaking the same words. This observation led to the development of melodic intonation therapy (MIT). However, the efficacy of this therapy has yet to be substantiated in a randomized controlled trial. Furthermore, its underlying neural mechanisms remain unclear. The two unique components of MIT are the intonation of words and simple phrases using a melodic contour that follows the prosody of speech and the rhythmic tapping of the left hand that accompanies the production of each syllable and serves as a catalyst for fluency. Research has shown that both components are capable of engaging fronto-temporal regions in the right hemisphere, thereby making MIT particularly well suited for patients with large left hemisphere lesions who also suffer from nonfluent aphasia. Recovery from aphasia can happen in two ways: either through the recruitment of perilesional brain regions in the affected hemisphere, with variable recruitment of right-hemispheric regions if the lesion is small, or through the recruitment of homologous language and speech-motor regions in the unaffected hemisphere if the lesion of the affected hemisphere is extensive. Treatment-associated neural changes in patients undergoing MIT indicate that the unique engagement of right-hemispheric structures (e.g., the superior temporal lobe, primary sensorimotor, premotor and inferior frontal gyrus regions) and changes in the connections across these brain regions may be responsible for its therapeutic effect.

Read the full free article From Singing to Speaking ... 

Saturdays Comics - May 26th / 2012

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston / 2006-12-12
"So full of pills -- I RATTLE !!!"

Scott Adams / 2012-05-15
"Multi-page ... confusing and unpersuasive?"

Jim Davis / 2012-05-19
"I'm all about my beauty!"

Delainey & Rasmussen / 2012-05-20 
"Because of my grip? ... my stance? ...?"

* For Better and For Worse" is a serious topic of stroke but with a very nice cartoons. It is all about Grandpa Jim had a stroke and 88 further cartoon "strips" that happened to Grandpa Jim. (See as well  the author Lynn Johnston).

** 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 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

*** Changed from "Pickles" to "Betty" -- "Betty" is a excellent cartoon and Gary Delainey & Gerry Rasmussen are authors/artists/cartoon-strips and they live in Edmonton.

Eclectic Stuff - May 26th / 2012

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

Eclectic: Jackie - Dmitry Khristenko and His Motorcycles

All I have learnt about the artist (from his deviantart page) that he is a male living in the USA, originally he is from the Ukraine. Dmitry Khristenko makes his incredible miniatures of motorcycles, automobiles using watch parts. For me such kind of art is the same as jewelry art.

Eclectic: Regina Price - Helping our Brain - Part 1

Eclectic: Regina
by Regina Price

Have you ever thought how much your brain would change if you took some new courses this year? Well, it will certainly recharge your brain and your enthusiasm about being alive. As well, this could also help your body and your body because it would make you emotionally happy about the aspects of your new life. Dr. Norman Doidge said in his book, ”The Brain That Changes Itself”,  that a famous neuroplastician, Merzenich, has proved through his work,  that our brains are constantly adapting itself—learning new things. That means that whatever we learn and more we try to learn more, our brain will develop more neurons.

Last year, I went to ELLA—Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association—courses in spring (see Part Two next week).  These courses are for seniors and people who are more than 50 years old. And it changed my life forever! I had a brain aneurysm  (a brain explosion stroke) 5 year ago and starting to go to classes through ELLA last year. That did have a huge difference for me and hopefully, to anyone else during the two years. Although the classes, which run for three weeks in May, went from 9:00 a.m. until 3:50 p.m., people don’t need to take all four classes.  They could start with one or two classes and then go for more the next year. People who can’t work and are disabled because of a stroke or other illnesses or other effects, all pay for a yearly membership of $20.00, and then write a letter and ask for a cheaper rate than others -- the normal courses are about $250 for four or less.

ELLA has helped me more that I can count. Because of my brain aneurysm, a kind of stroke, I lost my ability to speak and couldn’t cook, count money or count to 10. I couldn’t spell and couldn’t play scrabble at first. At first, I was at the University Hospital for one month and then sent to the Glenrose Hospital for two months. I was very depressed because I couldn’t speak and I loved my previous job—working with kids in two schools. Over time, I came to understand that I had lost my ability to continue being a psychologist because sometimes I could say things that weren’t needed or helpful and I couldn’t write notes accurately or precisely. It was devastating! My world changed completely.

I started thinking about things that I needed in my future life and how I could implement them. I started walking my therapy dog, Dougal, which helped my body exercise daily. I then decided that we needed a garden—I believed that healing comes from gardening--I could to that with help from my husband building raised boxes. So we started to build a garden on our acreage with fruit trees and saskatoons and raspberries, etc. and the raised boxes for vegetables. During this time,  I went to see a speech therapist every week, I couldn’t drive yet, but would in the future. Then I decided I could take a yoga teachers course which took a year--which helped my brain and my body. I also took three courses in art therapy—at the time I thought I could work with people through art with my psychology training—then it occurred to me that the courses helped me to understand my new life and be grateful and happy about it.

If you are interested about my brain aneurysm, my husband started writing a blog about my experience at the hospital:

Eclectic: Monty - With A Little Help From My Friends

Eclectic: Monty

[NOT MINE] Woodstock: Joe Cocker

With A Little Help From My Friends - Misheard Lyrics

By popular demand, so many people have asked me about this, so I tracked it down and put it here.

Video and Audio portions © 1970 Warner Brothers, used under fair use.

Saturday News Articles - May 26 / 2012

Where Can I Find Help To Get Back Into The Activities

Where can I find help to get back into the activities I want to do and will enjoy?

Do you need help to figure out:
  1. Where to find the activities that must be out there, 
  2. Learn what  resources are available, 
  3. Find out if there  is financial assistance or help to make your house accessible, or
  4. How to navigate the bus system?

Check out the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Brain Care, and the New Government of Alberta Website.   See where you feel most comfortable and who can provide you with the most support.

The Canadian Paraplegic Association

This is not just an association for the people with spinal cord injuries and wheelchairs!  The Canadian Paraplegic Association mission is: To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.

The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) embraces the approach that there is more than one way.

Rehabilitation Support and Service Coordination

Overall Goal: Clients have the support they need after injury to transition effectively from hospital to community, to home, to employment, to aging with a disability.

Short Term:
  • Clients, their families, hospital staff, other service providers and funders are aware of, and have access to, CPA (AB) services
  • Clients have increased knowledge of and access to a full range of key supports - personal, financial, spiritual, recreational, educational, employment
  • Clients identify rehabilitation and vocational goals and have the support and resources required to work towards goal attainment 

Intermediate/Long Term:
  • Clients and their families are better able to cope with the ongoing emotional and physical impact of their injury/illness.
  • Clients achieve their rehabilitation and vocational goals.
  • Clients successfully transition to appropriate housing in a community of their choice.
  • Personal care needs of clients are met to the extent that they can feel safe and healthy at home.
  • Clients are meaningfully involved in the community  Edmonton (Head Office).

#305, 11010 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 4B9
Tel: 780 424-6312
Fax: 780 424-6313
Toll Free: 1-888-654-5444
Web Site:
Teren Clarke, Executive Director

Brain Care Centre

The Brain Care Centre (previously NABIS) has been doing whatever it takes for over 27 years to ensure brain injury survivors and caregivers receive adequate support.  The following are some of the programs and services at Brain Care Centre:

Service Coordination

Program Purpose: To coordinate services for individuals (age 18 or older) and families, who are affected by acquired a brain injury. Your Service Coordinator will provide:

  1. Case Coordination
    • Assist those affected by brain injury to connect with required resources and services (housing, financial, leisure/recreation, education, health, vocation, rehabilitation, entitlements, social opportunities etc.).
    • Information and referral
    • On-going support
    • An action plan based on client needs
    • Personal Advocacy
    • Information and connection to existing Alberta Brain Injury Initiative programs (including ‘Supports for Community Living’)
  2. Survey and Promote Increased Community Capacity
    • Promote participation of clients in community and services that already exist
    • Identify ‘gaps in service’ and explore how organizations might meet those needs
    • Consult with community professionals, survivors, caregivers to strategize how people affected by brain injury could be further served
    • Become a resource team member with other professionals in providing service to person’s with a brain injury and their family in their community
    • Create awareness about brain injury within the community
  3. Support and Information
    • Assist survivors and their family/caregivers in determining and addressing their personal support, service requirements
    • Provide information about brain injury, resources and educational opportunities to survivors, families and professionals and formal caregivers
  4. Caregiver and Family Support
    • Family/caregiver input and participation is honored and included inperson centred planning
    • Caregiver support and education is provided as needed with the option of entering the Brain Care Centre Support Facilitation Program

Support Facilitation

The Support Facilitation Program is accessible at any point during the recovery process and is on-going as needed.

One to One Supportive Counseling:
This service includes one to one sessions designed to assist individuals, couples, and families with discovering and utilizing resources and strategies for maximizing wellness after brain injury. This process may include a review of intake information; identifying personal strengths and needs for support; goal setting; information about brain injury; introduction to coping strategies and educational resources; and/or referral to other resources.

Support Groups & Education:
Support groups are the cornerstone of brain injury societies across North America. They are about people who have been affected by brain injury (both survivors and caregivers) coming together to receive and to share strength and encouragement from knowing that there are others struggling with similar concerns and looking for practical solutions. The Brain Care Centre also periodically offers workshops and short-term courses designed to respond to specific client needs. In the past these have included the topics of anger management, parenting, self-esteem, and brain injury, substance abuse and other psychosocial issues. Special focus groups have been designed to provide support for young adults, women, caregivers, and to facilitate peer interaction
Support-Focused Advocacy:
Brain Care Centre strives to empower and equip individuals and families to be their own best advocates in attaining quality services. Support-focused advocacy helps clients attain an improved quality of life by gaining access to appropriate services and community supports.
Brain Care Centre Edmonton
Phone: (780) 477-7575
Toll Free: 1 (800) 425-5552
FAX: (780) 474-4415
Web Site:
#229 Royal Alex Place
10106 -111 Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5G 0B4

Alberta Supports

On December 15, 2010 the Alberta government officially announced the Alberta Supports website and contact centre.  For the first time, Albertans can access information on more than 30 social based assistance programs and more than 100 services by visiting a single website or calling just one phone number.  The Alberta Supports website is online at, and the contact centre toll-free number is 1-877-644-9992. In Edmonton, call 780-644-9992.

For more information, read the news release at

CPA - Outdoor Adventure Program in Edmonton

Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)

A brand new program to CPA (Alberta) Edmonton is the Outdoor Adventures program! This program features 4 exciting activities, handcycling, rock climbing, canoe/kayaking, and trail running with the trail rider. The programs all started in June and allow participants to build skills, fitness and meet like minded individuals. For more information please see the CPA Outdoor Adventures Brochure or contact Amy at or 780-424-6312 ext. 2231.

Alberta Abilities Lodges Society


Welcome to the Alberta Abilities Lodges Society

Honourary Patron Jeanne Lougheed

It is an honour to have the support of Jeanne and Peter Lougheed who are long-standing supporters of disability-friendly facilities, such as William Watson Lodge, which is located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

Peter and Jeanne Lougheed

“We are delighted to support the Alberta Abilities Lodges Society”

Who We Are

We are a Society of concerned citizens who recognize that Alberta seniors and the 350,000 Alberta citizens with a disability would raise their quality of life if they could break out of their isolation by experiencing the outdoors more frequently.

Our Vision 

All Alberta citizens should have access to Alberta Parks and other camps/lodges to enjoy nature.

Our Mission

To find mechanisms to make more outdoor facilities accessible using universal design principles and practices.

Our Goals

We wish to partner with government, non-government organizations, and/or business to provide this access.

Our Activities

We have a policy of transparency and accountability and therefore our board minutes are available since our informal beginnings. Proceedings of our Workshops (January 19, 2007 and June 8, 2007) are similarly available. We have a program of recognition, a travel endowment, and we volunteer our services to assist camps to become disability-friendly.

Our Partners/Sponsors

As a new society we linked to many of the organizations within the Alberta Disabilities Forum. Members of these organizations will benefit by our efforts to make camps and lodges more accessible.

The Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilties and accessibility equipment companies have been the main financial supporters of our workshops.

Our Society

We received our Certificate of Incorporation under the Alberta Societies Act on April 7, 2007 (Corporate Access Number: 5013394548).


We thank the many individuals and groups who paved the way for us. We recognize that our work is only a small part of the efforts to encourage seniors and all others with a disability to raise their quality of life by experiencing the outdoor legacy of Alberta. The Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities and the Northern Alberta Brain Injury Society provide office support for our Society.

SRAE - Open Mic Night - May 28th @ 6:30 PM

May Meeting for Stroke Recovery Association Edmonton
May 28th, Monday, 2012 @ 6:30 P.M.

Join us for snacks, friends and fun at this month's "open mic night" where we will invite stroke survivors to tell their stories and talk about their experiences together.

Networks Activity Centre
#214 Bonnie Doon Mall
Elevator/Stairwell located across from the Zellers Entrance

SSTattler Manual 1.0 (May 26 / 2012)

This is a "Manual" or "How To Do It" to navigate the SSTattler Saturday News (or some say SSTattler blog) and find specific details for you.  Take a look at the diagram below and I will describe items in details after the diagram.  Some items are very effective/powerful.

Diagram SSTattler Saturday News:

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  • Menus:
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    • New to Stroke - Lots of information supplied from Stroke Survivors of Ottawa.
    • Web Links - Good information from Canada and the USA.
    • Books - Many books about the topic "stroke".  Supplied from Calgary and Toronto (and adding the link to Amazon for every book).
    • History of Tattler - The reasons I added the the adjective "Tattler" - you will have to read it.
    • About Us - Administration/Authors include short biography - John, Sharon, Jackie, Randy, Monty, Carrie, and Regina.  Maybe more ...
    • Manual - You reading right now!
  • Blog n (at the centre of the page and very important) - An article about a topic (usually about stoke).  Usually a user read the blog recently and the order is from the newest to the oldest.  This is the most popular of navigation but other ways to navigate and it is more effective (see below).
    • SSTattler Contents ... Left Column (concentrate of the blog in various ways):
      • Index - It will concentrate it only in All Weekly Contents, ...YouTube, ...Comics, ...Eclectic & Blog, ...Articles
      • Calendar - A calendar including Stroke Events, Edmonton City, and Community.
      • All Labels - You can click, for example "aphasia",  and it will generate the specific topic articles. 
      • Search SSTattler - It is just like Google.   (You can use "Google", for example  "stroke tattler aphasia",  and it works the same).  
      • Blog Archive - Listed every month from now to January/2010.
      • Recent Comments - Anybody can make "comments" --  people in stroke survivors, physiotherapy, doctors, kinesiology, ... and various countries Canada, USA, UK made comments from Sept/2011 to this year.  Currently a limit to only 40 comments (I can expand it if you want to).
    • SSTattler Extra... Right Column (miscellaneous):
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      • Feedburner - Will receive a verification message once you submit this form. FeedBurner activates your subscription to “Stroke Survivors Tattler” e-mail once you respond to this verification message.
      • Contact SSTattler - Generate e-mail to
      • Get SSTattler Business Cards (prototype).
      • Post/Comments - You can list of comments or list of the last 15 days of an article.  Try it! 
      • Followers - with Google Friend Connect.
      • Total Pageviews - Simple graphic but you need more info see below.
      • Blog Stat's - Complex using Google Analytics but you can see what happening real-time and very simple.
      • Other Tattler List - You can see, real-time, the various stroke sites.  You will have to see other sites - some sites are they included it with "Eclectic: ...".
    • Old Post - You can see even more older articles.
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    Saturday, May 19, 2012

    Saturdays News - Sexuality after Stroke

    Sexuality after Stroke

    So you have come home from the hospital or rehabilitation and the one thing no one ever talked about was sex and intimacy.  How do you approach sex with one hand and a wheelchair or quad cane? Even getting into position to hug someone is a challenge.  In addition, in our society many people don’t think that people with disabilities can have a significant social and intimate relationship with someone.  Older people and people with disabilities are often portrayed as asexual. This idea is, of course, not true. Ideally, you would like to consult with a sex therapist, but that is expensive.  So what are your other options?  You could ask your physio or occupational therapist.  You can also check out the disability websites and now there are a couple of good books.

    Check out the Disability information Websites (These are reputable websites):

    • Disaboom - is a social networking website, founded by Dr. Glen House as a premier interactive online community dedicated to improving the way individuals with disabilities or functional limitations live their lives.
    • This is a British Registered Charity — an online guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds. They provide non-judgemental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs. 
    • About Sex and Stroke

    Read about Disability and Sexuality

    • The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness* by Miriam Kaufman, Cory Silverberg and Fran Odette.  This is first complete sex guide for people who live with disabilities, pain, illness, or chronic conditions. Useful for absolutely everyone, the book addresses a wide range of disabilities — from chronic fatigue, back pain, and asthma to spinal cord injury, hearing and visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, and more. Expertly written by a medical doctor, a sex educator, and a disability activist, The Ultimate Guide provides readers with encouragement, support, and all the information they need to create a sex life that works for them.
    • Enabling Romance: A Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships for People with Disabilities (and the People who Care About Them).   Considered by many to be "The Joy of Sex for people with disabilities," Enabling Romance candidly covers: shattering sexual stereotypes; building self-esteem; creative sexual variations; reproduction and contraception for people with disabilities; specific information on several different physical and sensory disabilities, including spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, postpolio syndrome, muscular dystropy, cerebral palsy, amputation, blindness and deafness.  Note: Includes explicit illustrations.
    • Sex and Disability - This is an academic book that considers how sex and disability come together and how disabled people negotiate sex and sexual identities in ableist and heteronormative culture. 

    Sex and Disability

    Society’s misconceptions of those living with disabilities. 

    Sex on Wheels

    Documentary on the issues of sexuality and disability.

    Sexuality & Disability 

    - from Spanish - Sexualidad & Discapacidad.
    - very beautiful images you will have to see it.  

    This video shows a series of images of people with different types of functional diversity, showing reflecting their sexuality through affection, love, sensuality, motherhood, seduction, etc ... (Translated from Spanish by Google).

    Disability and Sexuality with Gary Karp

    The challenges presented by disability and it's relationship with sexuality are seldom explored and just as rarely known to those who have not had to confront them.  Gary Karp will come to Sonoma State to share the obstacles to intimacy that he has encountered while living with disability and the story of the methods he has discovered enabling him to overcome them.  Having been a wheelchair user since 1973, he draws from his personal experiences through which he has learned to cope with the obstacles and used them to discover new connections to intimacy that everyone can enjoy.  Karp puts disability into a historical context and delves into the sensitive questions surrounding sexuality and intimacy faced with such daunting obstacles.  (As well a nice book by Gary Karp - Disability & the Art of Kissing).

    Saturdays Comics - May 19th / 2012

    For Better and For Worse
    Lynn Johnston / 2006-12-12
    "Aphasia is an extremely frustrating ..."

    Scott Adams / 2012-05-14
    "Gaaa!!! Lower the containment unit!"

    Jim Davis / 2012-05-09
    "Doctor, why don't cats fetch?"

    Delainey & Rasmussen / 2012-05-10 
    "Thanks for the opportunity - I'll be in touch."

    * For Better and For Worse" is a serious topic of stroke but with a very nice cartoons. It is all about Grandpa Jim had a stroke and 88 further cartoon "strips" that happened to Grandpa Jim. (See as well  the author Lynn Johnston).

    ** 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 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

    *** Changed from "Pickles" to "Betty" -- "Betty" is a excellent cartoon and Gary Delainey & Gerry Rasmussen are authors/artists/cartoon-strips and they live in Edmonton.

    Eclectic Stuff - May 19th / 2012

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

    Eclectic: MEC Bikefest Edmonton

    MEC Bikefest Edmonton
    Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Ezio Faraone Park
    11:00am – 4:00pm

    About MEC Bikefest

    MEC Bikefest is a daylong community celebration of all things bicycle related. Our goal is to bring together Edmonton’s bicycle community and those new to bikes, to celebrate the wonders of cycling. Come join us and make it the best bicycle bash in Edmonton.


    MEC Bikefest is located in Ezio Faraone Park at 11004 97 Avenue NW. The LRT is also close by, as is the river valley.

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     Read the full article MEC Bikefest Edmonton.

    Eclectic: Dean's Stroke Musing - Background

    Ask Dean Questions or Comments or would you like me to discuss something?  I will try to answer.  No medical diagnosis given or received.  I am damned opinionated so don't expect fluff.  Contact Dean's Stroke Musing or e-mail  Dean is also available for public lectures, radio, podcast, or other media appearances.  Contact him through the e-mail address above to request an appearance.

    My Background

    I fell down walking across the bedroom floor that morning, May 21, 2006.  I called to my wife, Sarah asking for help to stand up.  She was already on the phone dialing 911 and answering the questions, drug use, high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight, All were negative. The paramedics came and asked the same questions mainly because there was this healthly looking 50 year old lying on the floor with some stroke symptoms.  I spent the next 4 weeks in HCMC - Hennepin County Medical Center.  In the Emergency room I received tPA, the clot busting drug, within the hour.  I did not get the immediate miracle so the doctor said I would have to settle for the slow miracle recovery.  I had Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy while there.  Deficits from the stroke were left side paralysis.  Mental cognition,  eyesight and speech were not affected.  By the time I left the hospital I could walk with a 4 point cane and AFO - Ankle Foot Orthotic.  This occcurred the day after returning from a strenuous 6 day whitewater canoeing trip on the Dog River, Ontario (23 miles and dropping 1050 feet with a 1.5 mile portage around a 120 ft. waterfall) and driving for 12 hours to get home ...

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