Thoughts about stroke
Pushing the Boundaries took several years to write, including a couple of re-writes made necessary by Rita’s unexpectedly complete recovery from her stroke. This of course made the story steadily more interesting and suggested implications relating to the optimum practices for treating badly disabled stroke survivors.
But one has to stop some time. I drew a line under it in early 2017 and sent a rather large Word document to York Publishing Services to make use of their expertise in translating a digital file into a published book.
Of course ideas kept coming in, including improvements I could have made to the text, but now too late to do so. This website makes a convenient way to update the book, bring in new ideas and re-write parts that could have been better expressed. Here are the first additions; two or three will be added each month and I already have material for about a year’s worth.
Please let me know your own thoughts and I will include them when I can. That includes anything suited to the News and Discussion pages too!
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The simple answer is - to overcome the disabilities caused by stroke and recover one’s former life, as far as...read more
All mammals, including Homo sapiens, live their lives within boundaries. These define our lives and, within these boundaries, give us freedom. Two obvious boundaries are that we cannot fly (easy for birds) and we do not have the echolocation ability...read more
Yes it is. The brain is ‘plastic’, which means it can be trained to become more expert in different things, either physical or cognitive. This happens all the time as we live our lives. It is rather more difficult for...read more
An interesting question that can be given the two answers ‘maybe’ and ‘no’. ‘Maybe’ to the extent that I do not know, nor have heard, of any other stroke survivor who has been written off as a “no-hoper” as Rita...read more
By this I mean ‘how many options are there to live one’s life following a stroke?’
Just two! Following a bad stroke it is usual for the patient/victim to spend several weeks in hospital to stabilise their condition, then be discharged...read more
This is the necessary bureaucratic bit. The book Pushing the Boundaries is written as a factual account of Rita’s and my experiences of stroke over a period of around six years, from my point of view as a full-time but...read more
The carers referred to here are paid carers, well trained in caring, but with no formal training in therapy provision.
This question is addressed primarily to the full-time carers of badly disabled stroke survivors. Putting it another way:
Who is responsible in the UK for (1) putting the rehabilitation programme together and (2) ensuring it happens?
These are good questions. If nobody...read more
Summary of a Proposal to Improve the Rehabilitation Prospects for Badly Disabled Stroke Survivors
This Proposal describes a rehabilitation Program designed...read more
Several times I have been asked about the background of the therapists who treated Rita in Fish Hoek; what qualifications and experience did they have?
Jenny, the nurse who assessed Rita a week after our arrival in Fish Hoek in October...read more