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.

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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.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Doctors Are Now Calling For Safety Warning Stickers On Avocados

Be careful out there. Since stroke I have never attempted avocadoes, the left hand can't be opened enough to hold one and then it would instantly smash it flat.  Onions done one-handed are frustrating but can be done with the rocker knife.
I got no ADL training on anything to do with using a knife to cut anything. Those protocols should be publicly available to every stroke survivor.  Videos on that should be used to fill up the 85% wasted rehab time while in the hospital.

There's a new menace wreaking havoc in kitchens across the land. And it's probably lurking in your fruit bowl right now. Growing numbers of amateur chefs are visiting accident and emergency departments thanks to our obsession with avocados.
Their affliction? So-called "avocado hand" — serious stab and slash wounds resulting from failed attempts at penetrating the fruit's tough skin, and slippery collisions with the inner stone.
Doctors say some cases even result in serious damage to nerve and tendon damage, requiring complex surgery, and some may never regain full use of their hand. Almost laughably, doctors have even reported a "post-brunch surge" in victims on Saturdays, The Times reported.
Doctors are now calling for safety warning stickers to be stuck on the fruit. “People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them," Simon Eccles, honorary secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, who treats about four avocado-hand sufferers a week, told The Times. "Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?”
While there are currently no hard statistics on the number of victims, there's good evidence that avocado hand is widespread – and not just the scourge of middle-class homes in Britain. Meryl Streep lost her battle with an avocado back in 2012 and was photographed with a bandage, and more than 300 people have sought compensation for avocado injuries in New Zealand in the past five years. The wife of a New York Times staffer recently fell victim to the buttery fruit, leading the paper to cover the issue.
But avocados aren't the only foods to be wary of in the kitchen, with popular brunch ingredients proving particularly hazardous. Bagels are notorious for causing similar hand injuries, especially when over-eager brunchers attempt to slice them while frozen. Sourdough toast, too, can cause jaw ache and wrist pain when attempting to cut it with a knife and fork.
Knives aren't the only kitchen appliances to watch out for, either. Fingers can easily call prey to a mezzaluna, used to finely chop herbs, or a mandolin, when you're shredding veggies for your summer salad.

How to cut and de-stone an avocado safely

It's as simple as placing the avocado on a flat surface with your hand on top and gently making incisions around the outside, Jeff Bland, executive chef at the Michelin-starred Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, told The Times.
When de-stoning, it may be worth wrapping the fruit in a towel if you're injury-prone, leaving the stone exposed, David Shewring, vice-president of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, told The Times. Then, "use the edge of a heavy sharp knife to chop into the summit of the soft pip, so that it is slightly buried. Holding the knife, so that the pip is stabilised, use a towel to twist the pip out.”
Because a mangled hand isn't a price worth paying for an Instagrammable brunch.

1 comment:

  1. This is ridiculous - comparable tp warning "beverage is hot" on coffee cups. I eat avocados frequently, and have no trouble cutting - it's just that getting the fruit out of the skin, I tend to smash it. Even one-handed, I can quarter the thing, then hold a quarter down with my thumb and use my fingers to tease up the skin. I'm better off when making guacamole rather than garnish for chili.