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:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Nighttime walking challenges

When I got home last night at 8:30 I still needed 6400 steps to get to 10,000. Since the weekly Fitbit measurement is Mon-Sun I try to make sure the week starts off meeting the 10,000 step goal. Instead of doing sidewalks I decided that the paths in the adjacent 124 acre woods would be used. There was only 1 inch of snow on the ground and enough people had walked to clearly see the ground and leaves for the path. I went out without a flashlight but did use compensation of a walking stick. Since walking is basically a series of prevented falls this was extremely challenging since I couldn't tell if I was stepping on a frozen clod of dirt or a bunch of leaves. This meant that I had to quickly adjust my ankles for the terrain and get the leg swung out in front to prevent the fall. Got in 10,486 steps by 11pm, which turns out to be 5.01 miles. Unlikely I'll do this again anytime soon, we got 4 inches of snow last night. I need the challenge, the only dicey spot was the embankment next to the ditch which sloped toward the ditch. With all the trees and brush if I slipped I would never reach the frozen water. And since I'm carrying three lighters for the cigars I'm smoking I could always get a fire going.
While sawing thru a tree blocking the trail on Saturday 50 yards away a 20in diameter tree, 50 feet tall, fell over. As a friend said to me, you can't run to get out of the way of that stuff, 'Stop doing it'.
Don't ever think of following my stupidity. It is true, I can't run, obviously not an ADL since my therapists never even tried to get me running.
Life is great.


  1. Hiking is enough of a challenge for me in the daytime; forget nighttime. Also, how/why does the Fitbit work for you? I used to have it record reasonably well, but never accurately. The last week I wore it, it counted in the triple digit for a few days - before I took it off for good. My husband says it's because my gait is so uneven. I've tried it on left wrist, right wrist, and left shoe. And I've gotten and rejected 4 other pedometers too. Any suggestions?

    1. I have the one that clips onto your pocket, although I attached it to a lanyard to not lose it, already lost two. When I look at the step distribution during the day it seems pretty accurate for those 15 minute periods.