Saturday, June 30, 2012

What else can I do?

There is an inaccuracy in a recent Amazon review of Stronger After Stroke that I must correct... 

Here is part of the review:

"I have not read the book, but one of the reasons my father in law suffered a stroke was because he's blood pressure was too high due to alcohol consumption. In this book it says it's ok to have 4 oz of alcohol a day so my father in law has started drinking again. So I'm hoping I didn't start up the drinking with him by giving him this book."

Actually, there is no mention of alcohol at all, any place in the book. But the author of the review hadn't read the book, so how would they know?

Here's a part of the story that may be interesting only to me: I contacted Amazon, asking them to consider taking the review down. Amazon will only take down a review "If it in violation of one of Amazon's posted guidelines." One of posted guidelines is: "Customer reviews should be relevant to the product in question." The reviewer is clearly reviewing hearsay, not a book. In any case, I was amazed that Amazon has declined to take the review down. I'm a huge fan of Amazon! I'm disappointed.

I'm not an advocate of drinking after stroke.

Thank you.S

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Demanding Repetition

I do a lot of talks on stroke recovery. From Alaska to Florida, from New Hampshire to San Diego I'm all over the place all the time. I do these talks  for therapists; OT, PT, speech. Survivors and their caregivers show up as well. Also, medical device people, nurses, physiatrists, etc. So I get to talk to a lot of people about stroke. I always do the best I can to make things as simple as possible. Here is a really simple but profound way to look at stroke recovery...


That's it. Repetitive practice of the movement or sound or walking or skill or whatever. Of course repetitive practice has the habit of doing two things: 1) causing people to repeat things that they can do pretty well, over and over. 2) Plateau. People plateau (don't get any better) because they keep doing what they can do pretty well over and over.

That's where demanding comes in. Repeatedly practice the skill in a way that "nips at the edges" of your current ability.

Repetitive without demanding and progress will slow to a crawl.
Demanding without enough repetition will halt progress."the stroke blog" "The stroke recovery blog"

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Does "X" aid recovery after stroke?

What works and what doesn't work to help recover after stroke? Research has revealed three broad categories:
1. It works
2. It doesn't work
3. We don't know yet

There is tons we don't know about stroke recovery. Stroke recovery is a million different puzzle pieces, with no picture on the front of the box to help out. But there are some resources to help answer some of the questions (at least)...

There is one website that answers, in layman's terms, what works and what doesn't work. Although the list is far from complete, it's a start. Thank you Canada!

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