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Archive for June 2016

Cawthorne-Cooksey Vestibular Exercises

Written by Rachel Nall Dizziness, vertigo and balance problems–these disorders are frequently related to conditions affecting the inner ear, known as vestibular disorders. Exercises such as Cawthorne-Cooksey have been used as a cheap and effective method to improve unwanted symptoms related to vestibular disorders. These stroke rehab exercises should be performed slowly and are used…

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Enter My Childhood Basement

When I was eight, I’d stand in my basement peering up at the decade calendar which clung to the storage door.  I’d calculate the time when I would be a real grown-up.  Then, I would stop at 2008. My parents said to me, as a young child, “You better be settled with your life at…

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Jumping Far

Sept 21, 2014:   Today, I hesitate before I climb my stairs to go to the bathroom because not long before, I used to be a crippler, and I used to be scared of the staircase wearing my brace and my shoes.  Now, I pump out my barefoot going up the stairs and not touching my…

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Do What You Can Do.

You are the Stoke Hero. Do what you can do. Everyone has their own unique expression. Loving baby-steps. You are NOT on the stopwatch approach. You are NOT on the robotic approach. You are NOT on the physician’s plateau You are a child-like being; be playful, be curious, be watchful, be emphatic about yourself &…

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I Am a New World Monkey

My baby fingers grasp my fisher price animals. A New World monkey doesn’t use her thumbs.  Unlike humans and most Old World monkeys, their thumbs are not opposable. A human baby would eat from her fingers. The thumbs show up after she mastered eating with her fingers. New world monkeys Thumb orientation lies in line…

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My Right Hand is Higher Than Before!

Initially, my hand was numb.   Now, I hold my right hand in a yoga standing warrior pose higher everyday.  Yesterday was Nov 11, 2014, my right hand was reaching higher than my golding locks of my beautifully hair.  My hand was pole straight.  Before, say August 2013, I understood that my left hand was…

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/’sɪlk/

Do you know what the hardest word to say for me is?   Silk.   First, my tongue draws back to the ‘Eeessss’ then, slides across the mouth and double loop-de-loop to say, ‘eeeee’. Then rounds it up around the palate and ‘laaaa’ and drop down to say, ‘ka’. Confusion reigns in my brain and…

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Why Are You Still Alone?

The young Taiwanese woman beside me on the flight home wanted to ask me a question, “Why are you still alone?”  It appears that the Taiwanese woman had a bunch of compatriots henpeck in the aisles of Eva Air.  Another gracious Thai masseur asked me that same question.  I don’t know.  My ex-wife took my…

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Why I Was ‘Reborn’ to Be in Right Now

When I was barely twelve, in 1980, I gotten into an argument with my friend about cruise missiles. My friend refused to say that the Pentagon had these cruise missiles. But, I was reading it in my library’s book!  “I will show you!” I huffed-and-puffed at my commie friend.  (My friend was in love with USSR).…

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