Attitude Adjustment

Gary Larson Far Side

From Gary Larson’s The Complete Far Side Collection, $67.22 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2svSzmr

 

I have a good friend who is relentlessly optimistic. No matter how bad the situation, he always sees the positive side of things. I swear that he could trip and fall headfirst into a septic tank, only to climb out and cheerfully explain how the contents are good for the complexion. He’s damned near bulletproof when it comes to attitude. Sometimes he is so optimistic that I just want to slap him. (more…)

Spasticity Relieving Hand Splints

Fingerboard

Adjustable Fingerboard/Splint, $32.99 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sqsmpw

The first splint is just for the hand. It provides welcome relief if your hands tend to clench into a fist. The fingers are held down with Velcro straps onto a rigid plastic board with a comfy foam layer that absorbs perspiration and provides padding as well. It is very comfortable. I wear them both all day long. Both are washable with soap and water. (more…)

Iron Crush Hand Grippers

Iron Crush Hand Grippers

Iron Crush Hand Grippers, $14.99 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sRArGY

My occupational therapist doesn’t like these. She said that there was a danger that they would make my grip even stronger, which is not what I need right now because I have a problem with spasticity. However, I have found just the opposite to be true. When I can’t get my hand to relax due to spasticity, (more…)

Rolyan Forearm-Based Skateboard

Roylan Forearm Skateboard

Rolyan Forearm-Based Skateboard, $193.99 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tlgJ7l

Roylan Forearm Skateboard- Underside

Underside of skateboard showing casters

Let’s go skateboarding! I bought this on Amazon after my second stroke and before I depleted my savings account. It’s a bit pricey, at $194 but it’s really built well. Impact-resistant molded plastic, heavy-duty casters, wide Velcro straps and a removable/adjustable handpiece. One-size-fits-all. (more…)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

NIH

NINDS Stroke Information Page

The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

  • Supports and performs basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience research through grants-in-aid, contracts, scientific meetings, and through research in its own laboratories, and clinics.
  • Funds and conducts research training and career development programs to increase basic, translational and clinical neuroscience expertise and ensure a vibrant, talented, and diverse workforce.
  • Promotes the timely dissemination of scientific discoveries and their implications for neurological health to the public, health professionals, researchers, and policy-makers.

There are thousands of clinical trials worldwide focused on strokes, including over 1,700 that are still recruiting patients. Here’s the index page, sort by condition, study status, etc.:

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