Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain! trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

My blog is not to help survivors recover, it is to have the 10 million yearly stroke survivors light fires underneath their doctors, stroke hospitals and stroke researchers to get stroke solved. 100% recovery. The stroke medical world is completely failing at that goal, they don't even have it as a goal. Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It lays out what needs to be done to get stroke survivors closer to 100% recovery. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.My back ground story is here:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Baby steps in biking #2 - stroke rehab

Today I tried again. I actually got both feet on the pedals this time, made it to the end of the parking lot just fine.
When slowing down to stop however I was leaning to the left(a  no-no) and fell, this time I had enough presence  of mind to twist and land on my left butt cheek. Rather embarassing but at least I didn't hurt myself.
Things to work on;
1. The seat twists underneath me, The quick-release does not tighten enough.
2. Trusting my left leg to hold me up as I swing my right leg over the seat  needs work.
3. The left foot migrates on the pedal from the ball to the heel and eventually completely off. While on the heel the toe points down from spasticity. I think I will need to get toe clips, but that will make it even harder to get my left foot on the ground in a hurry. 
4. Looking anywhere but straight ahead is going to take a lot of practice, I'll probably have to get some kind of mirror.
5. The left arm does not lock straight, I'm hoping with enough practice it will.
6. No turn signals will be possible. I couldn't get my left hand to release while falling so it will never release when I need it to, after that I wouldn't be able to get my left hand into position on the handlebar anyway.
7. Will not be able to get any speed up at all since the rear brake doesn't slow the bike down very well. No emergency stops except for crashing.
8. Standing to pedal up a hill may not occur, my left arm will not allow it to relax and straighten out,. 

None of this is going to stop me from trying some more.
Read my other posts on this before you decide you want to follow my stupidity.

I don't think I'll ever get this good at it to have these problems;

Biking and sex—avoid the vicious cycle

1 comment:

  1. I wouldn't call you stupid - just crazy. I'm impressed by your persistence in this effort to ride again. Can you get a splint made that you can pop onto the left handle and yank off when you need to in a hurry? The idea of a toeclip on your left pedal terrifies me; unless perhaps you wear leather to protect your skin.

    I love your approach, having your progress follow the development of the bicycle, walking along sitting on the seat, like an early bike. Of course, you being Dean, you'd continue to the evolution of the unicycle!