Stroke equipment by a stroke warrior

Posts by Alon Kaplan

Art Jensen loves his AlonGlove

“The designers should be proud of their work. The AlonGlove can be worn comfortably 24 hours a day. I love my AlonGlove. It’s the most comfortable splint ever. The AlonTwig helps reduce the spastic reaction in my hand by 50% reduction in the spastic reflex. I’ve been wearing the sleeve a lot lately (worn under…

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How to put on the AlonTwig

You can put on the AlonTwig elbow brace by yourself quickly and easily.  The Twig is designed to be fully adjustable as it helps you manage tone (or spasticity) in your arm.  It helps you flex your tricep muscles by forcing your bicep muscles to lie low while it is worn. Start with the Twig…

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I have climbed a mountain

I have climbed a mountain. For someone like me who has survived a stroke, this has meant stepping from “stroke victim”, climbing to “stroke survivor”, and, finally, reaching the summit at “stroke warrior”.  My life post-stroke has been an adventurous journey. I have had to shed my victimhood, say goodbye to my doctors, therapists, and…

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I can’t find my pinkie

What’s it like to deal with hand paralysis? This morning, I can’t find my little pinkie in my brain’s map of location. Furthermore, I can’t find my four toes (the big toe is hard to miss).

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Before and after my stroke

Alon Kaplan, founder of AlonTree Company, before and after his stroke.

Before I had the stroke, I cleaned, gardened, cooked, and did the laundry. I played with my daughters, nursed them back to health when they were sick, took them to school in the morning, and picked them up from school in the afternoon.  I was the “assistant director” for my daughters; always at my daughters’…

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And, I wept

A wheelchair similar to the one Alon was in while at CarePartners.

This memory poem is about my stay at CarePartners, a rehabilitation center, after suffering the consequences of a stroke. I penned this poem a few years later.

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My sweet spot

The sweet spot is directly under the big toe.

My tango teachers, Eric and Cassie, taught me to understand the subtle “sense” of kinesthesia. Kinesthesia is the sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints. This is what happens when my brain gets feedback about the way my body is moving and the way my dance partner’s body…

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I had a very bad setback

Alon struggled with a setback in stroke recovery while traveling. I had a very bad set back on January 2, 2017 in New York City. My middle daughter and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We walked through every room at the museum, some even twice. The killer was the stairs. My affected…

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