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Posts by Alon Kaplan

I feel like a 14 year old wearing high heels

I feel like a 14 year old sashaying over grass in her high heels. I’m trying something different today; wearing sandals without my ankle brace. I’m walking around my home as I do the dishes, climb the stairs, stand up from my office chair, and hop up on my bed. While walking outside, my foot collapsed…

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What is a “plateau” of your stroke recovery?

“At six months out from a stroke, you don’t expect to see any further recovery.” “Oftentimes there is rapid recovery during the first three months, but then progress slows down. This eventually leads to a dreaded ‘plateau’ in recovery after about six months.” “Plateau” is an expression frequently used in relation to decisions to discharge…

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Karmic laws

Karma is the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words, and deeds. Before my stroke, I had a holier-than-thou attitude regarding my religion, physical strength, and intellectual prowess.  However, as I laid in my hospital bed I realized my blood clot had stripped me of everything,…

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A damaged brain?

It’s not uncommon for “normal” people without a damaged brain to have difficulty with word retrieval.  There are several phrases for this such as Deja-vu, tip-of-the-tongue, and stuttering.   Dr. Karin Humphreys, of Canada’s McMaster University, states “the more we think about the missing word, as we are inclined to do, the more it eludes…

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Why emojis are so important

Americans love my Euro sounding accent. I am an anglophone who grew up in an English speaking neighborhood of Montreal and I have South African English parents. I have Foreign Accent Syndrome. I couldn’t speak after my massive stroke in 2008. Finally, around 2012, thanks to my speech therapy and the SpeakIt! iPhone app, my…

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Impossible – Mohammad Ali

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.…

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Fisher Price People

Alon used Fisher Price people to help him with his hand rehabilitation.

Years ago, my occupational therapists would say I was using my affected arm and hand during my therapy sessions. However, my therapists were actually using facilitated communication to help me use my affected arm and hand. Medicare insurance paid for a SaeboReach. What a disappointment! My unaffected hand did  99.99% of the work with the…

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