Stroke equipment by a stroke warrior

General

Stroke facts from the American Stroke Association

STROKE INCIDENCE, MORTALITY, AND DISABILITY • About 800,000 (approximately 795,000) people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about 3 in 4 being first-time strokes..• In the U.S., about as many people have a stroke each year (795,000) as a heart attack (790,000). • Someone in the United States has a stroke…

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Jewish sarcasm

During the flood of New Orlean, waters crept up and ruined the foundation of the houses of the parish. An old man sat on his roof to avoid the sewage of the water. A firefighter standing in the muck called to him, “Can I help you?” “No,” said the old man, “God will help me”.…

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Reflections through poetry

These selected poems were written after my car accident and stroke 9/22/2008 When you told me that you loved him, You turned on a particle accelerator and blew my atoms to bits. I did not know what was inside; thank you for giving me back to myself. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love the way your face shines…

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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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