✨”It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up.”✨
I woke up to some news this morning that hit me hard. It messed with my head because of my past experience. The news 100% had an effect on me and my workout. But it’s this kind of news that makes me DETERMINED to live my healthiest life. While I can’t predict the future, I can do my damn best to make sure I remain healthy.
Every day is not going to be easy. Some days are just going to be stupid HARD. It’s up to YOU to either get up & keep pushing or stay locked down & quit. I chose to get up & keep pushing. What did you choose??
The huge difference moving from the L300Go to the L300Go Plus System can make on your day to day life⠀
~ Part 2 ~⠀
Following on from yesterday's post, I talk about Adam ⠀
He was retired. He loves the outdoors, country walks, swimming, cycling and walking holidays. He has had MS for many years. He had a standard NHS version foot drop system. But he struggled with his walking the longer he walked, the more he had to drag his leg. There was a massive internal fight going on between what he expected his body to do now by its ability to keep up with everything he wanted to do and the list of activities he previously could do that he kept revisiting. ⠀
We worked on his mindset, his focus on what he could do, neurophysio, setting up a daily active rehab and stretching program and the introduction of a 2 channel FES system to help with his thigh and lower leg weakness. ⠀
Now he goes on holidays abroad by himself and with his wife. His fortnightly neurophysio sessions together with his daily strengthening and stretching programme and daily use of his FES walking system has changed things significantly and he is gaining strength in his upper leg such that his medication has been unchanged, he continues to go on 2-hour walks or longer, he can keep up with his grandson and enjoying so many family moments together. ⠀
This is how Neurophysio and FES has helped this client and it's moments like these that bring me so much joy as a neurophysio where I get to witness first hand the impact and difference made to his quality of life. ⠀
So many lawyers (who may not specialize in the estate planning field) may be doing traditional Will and Revocable Trusts based plans with avoiding Probate as the main focus.
That is done without considering that the beneficiaries whether a spouse, children or other family member may be on government benefits with income and asset restrictions.
They are especially not considering all possibilities if the condition causing the disability is not present at the time of their meeting with the client.
Attorneys and advisors need to design plans that are flexible and always should include language for special needs conditions that may arise in the future. In addition, the selection of agents and trustees should consider whether someone may have special needs and require a special temperament or skill set for dealing with the needs of that individual. Not everyone can handle the constant day to day issues surrounding a disability well.
If not, lifetime savings may be dwindled or lost altogether on medical expenses due to lack of foresight by the attorney and/or advisors. Please find an estate planning attorney or elder law attorney that focuses his or her practice in this area!
“When a person with a disability receives an inheritance or a settlement from a lawsuit or divorce, he or she may become ineligible for needs-based federal funding. This could make it nearly impossible for that individual to live comfortably while also getting the care he or she needs. Luckily, there is a solution for these cases: Special Needs Trusts (SNT). Special Needs Trusts are a specialized type of trust that are used in order to maintain a beneficiary’s important public benefits such as SSI or Medicaid.”
Jaz West has come a long way since her stroke. Initially diagnosed with vertigo it took more than a day for the doctors to diagnose her stroke. It was such a shock for everyone, no-one expected a young person to have a stroke, but they do.
The stroke had left Jaz with locked-in-syndrome, a very rare neurological condition where she couldn’t move or speak. She was aware of what was going on around her but could not communicate with anyone. The only movement she had was control of her eyes. Jaz was fully paralysed and was only 25 years old.
Fast forward three years and Jaz is not only moving again, but she is back to her pre-stroke exercise of boxing.
Jaz was keen to get back to boxing as part of her rehabilitation to build her strength and confidence. She also wanted to get back to some of the activities she did before stroke struck.
When Jaz first stepped into Rudy’s Boxing after her stroke, her coach Rod was not prepared for her physical changes. He said, “I wasn’t expecting Jaz to be so immobile and fragile. “I had known a little about stroke, as my father-in-law is a survivor, but I really didn’t know much about young stroke or the impact that it can have on a person.” But, “I could see the fierce determination in her eyes, so we got down to training.” Read more: http://bit.ly/2HdtCpW or link in the bio
”So you’ve had a stroke, one of the most life changing events that one can experience. It was unplanned, a complete turn of events that takes so much away from you it can be hard to recognize yourself. The person you were may not be the person you currently are.
This is a universal hurdle for everyone as people try so desperately to hold on to the person they were prior to the stroke. This can lead to frustration, anger, resentment, depression, and discontent. It doesn’t help when progress may be slow or painfully difficult. The turning point is when one accepts that this body, this brain, this path that is now a new path is challenging, difficult, but also potentially rewarding. Rewarding in the respect of seeing things differently, seeing people differently, and seeing how strong one can be in the face of this crazy thing called a #stroke. ⠀
When working your butt off in therapy and you are not getting the results you want right away, one of the toughest words is patience. Easy for a therapist to say to be patient, because they aren’t seeing it day in and day out - only one to three times per week.
It would be interesting to trade bodies for a day, I bet.
The point I’m trying so poorly to make is that it takes a long time.
In that time being positive, optimistic, and hard-working are all the building blocks for brain recovery.”⠀⠀
Click the link in my bio to check out the full article by Mark Ritter, OTR/L, CHT, Lead Hand Therapist @northernarizonahealthcare.
15 hours ago
A solid goals get solid results, BUT left to our own devices goal making becomes an uphill battle.
Really good goal making answers one fundamental question: WHY? •
Why do you want to achieve this goal. I mean really WHY? •
If it’s hard to come up with an answer don’t worry. I’ve got you! I’ve created a goal creation e-book/workbook.
I want you to find your why and articulate your future in a way that you never have before. With this purchase you are also put on the waitlist for a webinar and private goal setting/getting group coming in OCTOBER. 🥰🥰🥰🥰🤗
Do yourself a favor and buy this book. You will regret opting out, but you won’t regret investing in yourself.
15 hours ago
Setting goals and working hard to achieve them is a huge part of recovery, and my next goal is a big one. On October 5th, I’ll be walking down the aisle as maid of honor in @h.j.shaw’s wedding, and yes I will be wearing heels!! 👠
But in order to be successful with my choice of footwear on the big day, I need to practice now. Yesterday was day one of practicing walking in the wedding heels. I made a commitment to practice walking in these heels three days a week for 15 minutes at a time. I know that if I keep this up, my walking will only get better and my gait will hopefully look more fluid by the time of the wedding.
My foot drop makes wearing heels difficult but I’m not letting that stop me! I can’t wear a brace with a pair of heels so I’m practicing with my @bionessinc unit to facilitate a strong heel toe strike. And no platform heels for me anymore as I’m just starting out. Got this short pair that’s super comfortable to start with. So excited for @h.j.shaw’s big day! The countdown continues #45days👰 💒 👠
15 hours ago
Do you have faith in your recovery?
Each stroke is different. When it comes to stroke there's no way to foretell how the recovery journey will be. My doctors gave me more or less qualified guesses based on their medical experience and I felt uplifted by the focus on the brains neuroplasticity and ability to adapt.
Science shows, as I'm sure many of you already know, that there's a recovery window the first 3 months after a stroke, were the brain is particularly capable of recovering up to 70 % of lost function. After 6 months the pace slows down substantially, but progress will still be made, only it will take longer from here on out.
Keeping one's eyes on the prize is hard while you're working to get your life back. I was desperate for information about what I could expect life to look like after stroke. The information I found from one of the leading support organisations painted a dark vision of the future; drop any expectations and accept that your life never will be same again (or that's at least how I interpreted it). I was disappointed. Who were they to tell me what my life would be like? It's not their place to tell me what I can or can't do. So I became determined to proove them wrong. 💪 . I should be the one deciding what's possible for me! I want to write my own recovery story!
I always try to focus on that things will get better. I decided to celebrate every progress that I make, big or small. I believe that we all have ways to tap into our inner strength. At least I will know that I gave it my best shot!
Belief in your recovery progress is a powerful tool, but in the end there are no right or wrong answers to what the future holds. Whatever your challenge is, you need to find your own path, but we can support and cheer for one another. 😊
Who's with me?
So happy 😍😍😍🐒 My blood pressure reading of 98/61 this evening is bang where I want it. This time last year it was 250/180 🙄🙄🤪 Of course, there is plenty more to do but this is a nice confirmation of one bio-indicator #strokerecovery#strokesurvivor#stroke#omron