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Skiing in Kenya

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We robbed Peter and Paul, and the piggy bank and scraped enough together to go away – to Kenya (exactly a year before the trouble).

It was a scramble to get ready, but what a trip. Why haven’t we gone there before?

The article is an expanded one from the Stroke Watch, with more pictures (in colour). Just the thing to pick you up after a terriblke winter

Read the article on the East Kent Strokes blog here.


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August 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Is this the greatest Stroke Survivor?

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I recently came across this film clip – and recommend it to all – specially to recent stroke patients and their carers, friends and relatives.

To watch, follow the link.

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July 31, 2008 at 6:18 pm

When The Carer Gets Ill

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All the articles that I have written for the Stroke Watch have been upbeat. Except this one. In this, I reveal some of the down side of an illness such as stroke. The strength and way in which your other half can be affected is – in its way – just as damaging as the stroke is.

Here, I talk of a few months during which my wife is ill. Having relied on her for all the domestic chores (and still relying if truth be told), I suddenly found myself forced into coping for us both. Have you noticed just how often people collapse several months after some tragic or major event? Well it was K.’s turn. We made a happy ending. But it needed a catalyst to shake us and provide the necessary jolt.

Read the article here.

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July 31, 2008 at 10:39 am

Right Handed Biscuits

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This is a light hearted article written for the Stroke Watch (repeated here), and is about having fun with the routine of rehab after a stroke.

The main way of recovering is to repeat an exercise time and time again. If you can find one that is central to your everyday living, and is something that you like doing, then its no longer an exercise but a bit of fun – that you’ll be able to do better with just another ‘repeat’.

Have fun!

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July 31, 2008 at 9:47 am

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Try Singing

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When I first started singing I realised at once just how much my body could not do, and therefore just how much the activity would deliver to my rehabiltation. I wrote an article for the Stroke Watch, and it is reproduced here.

You may think that singing in a choir is a slow leisurely pursuit. Not a bit of it!

This July, I sang with a choir at an early music festival here in Kent. On the day, I strapped on my heart monitor – and although my resting heart rate is around 62-65, it recorded 21 minutes at over 100 bpm – with a peak of 131.

Take a look at Try Singing shown under Stroke – Rehab for an early view of the benefits of singing for stroke survivors.

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July 31, 2008 at 9:39 am

Stroke Survivor or Victim?

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I had my stroke in March 2005, and within a few days started to fight the paralysis to regain control of my limbs. I have since joined a local group of survivors, and am now the editor of their newsletter – Stroke Watch published by East Kent Strokes.

However, I have fallen foul of the senior members by talking about stroke victims. “We’re not victims, we are survivors!”

At last I have seen in print support of my view, which is that when I lay in the hospital bed helpless bewildered and grieving for my loss, I was a victim. As soon as I started to force my leg into motion, I became a potential survivor. As time has passed and I have greater control over my right limbs, so too am I a survivor (deeper, or stronger, what adjective would you use).

The book that brought this blog on is The Diary of a Stroke by Martin Stephen published this year by Psychology News Press of London. The passage is:

“Medicine isn’t an exact science, my father always used to say. [The author’s father was a GP] He had also said to me, for some reason many years ago, that you always know those stroke victims who’re going to get better. They fight it, they don’t let it win.”

Well, that’s me and the others in our group. We’ll beat the bloody thing!

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July 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm