Post-stroke Spasticity

Well, here’s one thing about strokes I never heard of before now: post-stroke spasticity. I’ll call it PSS. Although I never heard of it, PSS is fairly common in stroke survivors. It causes stiff or rigid muscles and commonly affects the elbows, wrists and ankles. PSS restricts the full range of a muscle’s motion and (more…)

Transient Ischemic Attacks

Since the stroke I survived, I’ve run into quite a few people who have told me about somebody they know who had one or several mini-strokes. Here, in this space, I’ve been recovering from a stroke all this time and writing about traumatic brain injuries and strokes. I never even thought of about mini-strokes, until (more…)

Moving On

Last Wednesday, my past caught up with me in a good way, and now my pre-stroke and pre-brain injury self can finally be put to rest. For good. Last Wednesday I finally got most of the rest of my belongings shipped to me from Minnesota. All my books, clothes, comic books (over a thousand), my (more…)

Coping with Anger

One day you’re going about your day and  minding your own business. Next thing you know something happens, out of the blue, and suddenly you have a traumatic brain injury.  And suddenly, although you had always been calm and mild mannered, you have anger issues.  When I first got my stroke-related brain injury, I found (more…)

May is Stroke Awareness Month

  May is Stroke Awareness Month.  Our longtime BEST blogger, Isaac Peterson is a writer, advocate and stroke survivor who has offered important information, resources, tips, inspiration and hope for so many on these blog pages.  We urge you to click here to check out Isaac’s library of articles, essays, and more. You’ll be glad (more…)

Pet Health: Know the Signs of Stroke

I wrote an article a couple of years ago concerning traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in household pets, but it looks like I didn’t go quite far enough.  The previous article was about TBI overall in pets; this article looks at causes of a particular cause of TBI in pets: strokes. The following information shares how (more…)