Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the 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:

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's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Driving High on List for Stroke Survivors

I did have a formal evaluation that was rather like throwing you into the pool to learn how to swim.  A short test on the driving simulator. Then right behind the wheel of a car with a spinner knob, no hints on what to do about the turn signal, no practice of any kind, I passed but getting on/off the highway was rather disconcerting. Now with thousands of hours of driving I feel competent enough to drive anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Last night I drove with 4 other people in my car down to Detroit Film Theatre(90 minutes) to see the Academy award nominated documentaries. Great films, but disturbing. I was even able to participate in the insulting banter directed my way. Got home around 1am.
Stroke survivors seldom seek formal evaluation of readiness to get back behind the wheel, even if they have significant limitations in other daily activities, a survey showed.
Overall, 51.2% of stroke survivors returned to driving, typically within a month of the infarct, Shelly Ozark, MD, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and colleagues found.
Only 5.6% of the survey respondents (nine of 162) reported any formal driving evaluation, the group reported here at the International Stroke Conference.

Rest at the link.

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