Stroke equipment by a stroke warrior
Alon Kaplan, founder of AlonTree Company, before and after his stroke.

Before and after my 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’ schools, reading to them, and taking my daughters to explore the world. I made ketubahs (Jewish marriage certifications) and interacted with brides, grooms, rabbis, cantors, and Judaic shopkeepers. I packaged watercolors and delivered the packages to FedEx for shipment.

After my stroke, I returned home and realized the effort involved in the daily tasks of living. My ex-wife was still living with me and expected me to return to my life pre-stroke. So, I began the process of bathing, dressing, and eating; but in slow motion.  After becoming independent with these tasks, I began cleaning, cooking, and doing the laundry. While my daughters slept upstairs, I wasn’t just vacuuming the rugs and floors of my house at nighttime. This physical exercise triggered changes that stimulated neuroplasticity, producing new connections in my damaged brain.

 

2 Comments

  1. Patricia ohara on April 28, 2018 at 3:06 am

    Someone n FB posted your device that straightens clenched fingers. How can I buy this?

    • Ellen 2 Colasurdo on September 13, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Interesting site.please continue your posts.my left hand still locked.hoping this helps

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