Ten Months

Ten months from now, my daughter’s wedding celebration will end with a reception. Thanks to COVID, different religious beliefs and cultural preferences, what normally would’ve been a wedding weekend has been spread out over a year’s time. They self-officiated their legal union this past October. National Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC My son-in-law’s family hosted a…

100 Days of Self-Care Results Post

On December 7, 2020, I decided to commit to 100 days of self-care. I’m happy to report that I woke up today, Day 100, feeling lighter, more stable and moving better. I’m lighter because I started Weight Watchers in February and have lost 10 pounds. I like WW because there are no good or bad…

NewGait => NewMoves => NewHope

I wish I felt comfortable making videos as that would be easier than writing. I’d rather talk than write any day. Because I’m a speech therapist? Maybe. Because I was a teenager in the 80s, constantly on a phone attached to a wall? Probably. In lieu of a quick video update, here’s the latest addition…

100 Days of Self-Care Update

To all social media fitness, wellness, medicinal, nutritional, alternative, and disease management influencers out there, way to go! Writing (and editing), recording (and editing), taking photos (and editing) takes a lot of time. I now understand how that becomes a full-time job for you. My original plan was to document a daily self-care achievement. For…

What’s Working Part Three

For the last eight years: I can easily walk around my home with and without an AFO and without using a cane. I grab onto walls and furniture as needed. I can walk outside with an AFO and cane for 20 minutes maximum before stopping to rest. I can walk 1.5 MPH on a treadmill…

What’s Working Part Two

I’ve written about the benefits of NeuroKinetic Therapy in a previous post. For two years, it has slowly brought dormant muscles back online. Frequency Specific Microcurrents used during our sessions have changed my connective tissue. Although these improvements were slow-going, they stopped me from getting worse. But I couldn’t quite figure out how to best exercise these…

What’s Working Part One

Trying to live well with a neurological condition makes neuroplasticity my holy grail, but the brain’s ability to reorganize itself is only part of the equation. Reincorporating muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints that have been offline due to disuse is just as important. For the past month I’ve been adopting a new rehabilitation approach that…

Self-Care Continues

I’ve spent the past few weeks figuring out the best way to re-wire my brain and the best way, in my opinion, would be to use the PoNS™ device. PoNS™ (short for Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator) allows a neural network originating in the tongue to produce a “neural cascade, which flows to the brainstem located in…