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…

Disease Progression VS Disuse Progression

When diagnosed with something progressive, healthcare professionals warn you about the bad stuff, while sugarcoating the message just enough to be encouraging. They want you to “prepare for the worst, yet hope for the best.” Your _______ (fill in the blank) diagnosis will either destroy you (so be prepared) or by some miracle everything will…

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…

Brains Over Brawn

Although working smart not hard is always my goal when you have a disability, smart work morphs into a necessity. If your weak left side keeps you from carrying a box of items down a flight of steps, you better figure out a smart and safe way to get your stuff to the first floor….

Stuck in a Spasm Chasm

Days two through four out of my Self-Care journey have focused on the bane of my existence: Spasticity. Dr. Tara Tobias explains spasticity as a “movement disorder characterized by a velocity-dependent increase in muscle tone due to hyper-excitability of the reflex arc”. In other words, my body resists any attempts to lengthen certain muscles. If…

100 Days of Self-Care

I was supposed to start this 3 weeks ago. Clearly I need an accountability partner or something. So I’m going to post daily and shame myself into getting my shit together. Luckily I don’t write professionally because this would certainly result in my being fired. Professional journalists do some type of challenge, take notes, then…

A Nice, Boring, Government Transition

Michael Lewis’ book, The Fifth Risk, gave me a peek behind the scenes in terms of the running of our government and what happens when a new administration takes over. About 4000 people need to be hired, 1200 of which need to be confirmed. Then of course there are the many background checks and security…