One of the things I’ve learned from having MS for most of my adult life is that your body talks to you. If you’re a healthy person, it talks to you. If you have a chronic illness, it talks more. Sometimes it’s with a mild tingle. Other times, it’s balance that’s worse than usual. And Continue Reading..
I just got home from a full week of daily neurorehabilitation at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. By the end of today, we managed to get my ankle to an active -10 degrees of dorsiflexion (Monday was -25) and passive to +17 (Monday was 0). Since ankle tightness is my major problem, we’re considering that Continue Reading..
I have waxed poetic in previous blog posts about my love of the water, so when I began my PT today at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, I was super excited that it was pool day! The Center has two different pools – one slightly larger than the other (but definitely not large enough for swimming). Continue Reading..
If you don’t have a significant injury or medical condition, you don’t need a physiatrist. You can stop reading. But if you do have one of the above things, a physiatrist can be one of the most valuable treatment partners you have. A physiatrist is like a physical therapist, except a medical doctor. His or Continue Reading..
Today was Day 2 of my 2 weeks at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, and I have to say, I felt a lot better about what we did today than what we did yesterday. Yesterday was a lot of measurements. Today, was a lot of work. Since I want to keep this as part Continue Reading..
Today marks Day 1 of a 2-week exploration of neurorehabilitation at The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore – one of the nation’s premier spinal cord rehabilitation centers. (Multiple sclerosis is, in case you’re wondering, considered a spinal cord injury). Most people with my functional ability would be happy with the mobility they have, especially after Continue Reading..
I had the great blessing of a childhood spent near a beach. It wasn’t the best beach. The water wasn’t clear, the tourist traps were tacky, and parking was a nightmare. But, I would bet that no one really fares better in childhood fun than those of us lucky enough to be raised near a Continue Reading..
Ever since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, I’ve been hoping for a cure. Since that time, doctors and scientists have given us more than a dozen new medications, you can get a stem cell transplant if you meet some criteria (I don’t) and want it (plus have amazing insurance or enough money Continue Reading..
Photo: pixabay Just over a couple of years ago, we talked about the sports spectating phenomenon known as mirror neuron, here on our blog. In a nutshell it’s about the idea that we’re not just watching other people’s action (in this case, a soccer match), we can actually feel ourselves in it. To a certain Continue Reading..
There are several types of strokes, but for this article – let’s look at the most common – an ischemic stroke (85% of strokes). In this type, a blockage (like a blood clot) occurs and prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching parts of the brain. Any point downstream of the blocked blood vessel can be Continue Reading..