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Old 06-03-18, 01:51 PM
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I haven't checked in on this thread in quite a while - the last BF upgrade isn't working all that well on my computer (or maybe its just me who doesn't get it?). Anyway, glad to hear he's progressing.

The Catrike: My neighbor has multiple sclerosis which progressed to the point he couldn't go jogging anymore, and his balance is off, so he bought a Catrike for really cheap. I've gone out with him a few times on a local MUP and he seems to do quite well on it. He initially bauked at my advice to go out early in the morning (like even before sunrise when the eastern sky starts getting light), but found it to be best since that's when the MUP is the least occupied (and he doesn't have to be concerned with the wide stance of the Catrike). He let me try the Catrike, but I'd prefer a two-wheeled recumbent (maybe a Raans) rather than the 3-wheel.
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I haven't checked in on this thread in quite a while - the last BF upgrade isn't working all that well on my computer (or maybe its just me who doesn't get it?). Anyway, glad to hear he's progressing.

The Catrike: My neighbor has multiple sclerosis which progressed to the point he couldn't go jogging anymore, and his balance is off, so he bought a Catrike for really cheap. I've gone out with him a few times on a local MUP and he seems to do quite well on it. He initially bauked at my advice to go out early in the morning (like even before sunrise when the eastern sky starts getting light), but found it to be best since that's when the MUP is the least occupied (and he doesn't have to be concerned with the wide stance of the Catrike). He let me try the Catrike, but I'd prefer a two-wheeled recumbent (maybe a Raans) rather than the 3-wheel.
1. Which operating system are you using? I have several Win 7 and Win 10 computers, and no real issues with the new BF format on any of them.
2. I think the late, great Sheldon Brown used a Tadpole 3-wheel recumbent as his MS progressed. Horrid disease -- my mother had it and died at age 66, which was 30 years younger than her mother and grandmothers, and 22 years younger than her father and at least one of her grandfathers.
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I haven't checked in on this thread in quite a while - the last BF upgrade isn't working all that well on my computer (or maybe its just me who doesn't get it?). Anyway, glad to hear he's progressing.

The Catrike: My neighbor has multiple sclerosis which progressed to the point he couldn't go jogging anymore, and his balance is off, so he bought a Catrike for really cheap. I've gone out with him a few times on a local MUP and he seems to do quite well on it. He initially bauked at my advice to go out early in the morning (like even before sunrise when the eastern sky starts getting light), but found it to be best since that's when the MUP is the least occupied (and he doesn't have to be concerned with the wide stance of the Catrike). He let me try the Catrike, but I'd prefer a two-wheeled recumbent (maybe a Raans) rather than the 3-wheel.
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I did pick up the trike mentioned above. I'll play around with it a bit, then will probably make it available to someone who needs it.

It looks like it can be disassembled and packed reasonably well. However, it is currently configured for someone around 6'. It would need some adjusting for someone significantly shorter (or taller). It only bakes on the front wheels with independent brakes.
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A very interesting article showed up in my newsfeed today ...


https://www.brainline.org/blog/getti...ou-should-care


A quote from the article:


"Certain types of physical exercise have been shown to markedly (threefold) increase BDNF synthesis in the human brain, a phenomenon which is partly responsible for exercise-induced neurogenesis and improvements in cognitive function.


A three hundred percent increase in a protein known to help the brain recover is something to look at quite seriously. Neurogenesis is a simple concept. It is the growth of new brain cells.


Think about this for a moment: engaging in regular physical activity produces a chemical that is proven to stimulate new brain cell growth. This vital chemical keeps brain circuits running smoothly and is increased threefold by regular exercise. I call this nothing short of remarkable.


The good news is that you don’t need to be a daily cyclist to get this benefit. Shared by the doctor who presented at our group, thirty minutes of exercise, three times a week, will release BDNF’s and speed the neuro healing process."




Meanwhile, Rowan's internal "IT guys" are still busy reconnecting the servers while we wait for more testing with regard to his back/leg and vision.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
A very interesting article showed up in my newsfeed today ...


https://www.brainline.org/blog/getti...ou-should-care


A quote from the article:


"Certain types of physical exercise have been shown to markedly (threefold) increase BDNF synthesis in the human brain, a phenomenon which is partly responsible for exercise-induced neurogenesis and improvements in cognitive function.


A three hundred percent increase in a protein known to help the brain recover is something to look at quite seriously. Neurogenesis is a simple concept. It is the growth of new brain cells.


Think about this for a moment: engaging in regular physical activity produces a chemical that is proven to stimulate new brain cell growth. This vital chemical keeps brain circuits running smoothly and is increased threefold by regular exercise. I call this nothing short of remarkable.


The good news is that you don’t need to be a daily cyclist to get this benefit. Shared by the doctor who presented at our group, thirty minutes of exercise, three times a week, will release BDNF’s and speed the neuro healing process."




Meanwhile, Rowan's internal "IT guys" are still busy reconnecting the servers while we wait for more testing with regard to his back/leg and vision.
That must be encouraging. It's amazing. Wishing you the best possible outcome, and quickly too. I think the fitness you both already had from cycling and walking is a big help.
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So. Rowan should post his story in BF. I have been following this thread and would enjoy hearing from him if using the computer would help him.

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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
A very interesting article showed up in my newsfeed today ...


https://www.brainline.org/blog/getti...ou-should-care

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Meanwhile, Rowan's internal "IT guys" are still busy reconnecting the servers while we wait for more testing with regard to his back/leg and vision.
I have been thinking about that news story wrt Rowan since his thing happened but haven't looked for links. Cycling also good for Parkinson's patients. Good to stay on the exercise bike, good to rewire the brain!
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So. Rowan should post his story in BF. I have been following this thread and would enjoy hearing from him if using the computer would help him.

Prayers from Alabama

Rowan doesn't remember the accident.
Post-accident, he has some memories of about the last 3 weeks (it has been 11 weeks since the accident).
Pre-accident, his memories are patchy.
He has only just started using the computer in one of his rehab sessions a little bit.


At this point, I think attempting to tell his story would just be upsetting ... largely because he can't remember a lot of it. An accident like this and the following recovery can be a lot to deal with.


But maybe later.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Rowan doesn't remember the accident.
Post-accident, he has some memories of about the last 3 weeks (it has been 11 weeks since the accident).
Pre-accident, his memories are patchy.
He has only just started using the computer in one of his rehab sessions a little bit.


At this point, I think attempting to tell his story would just be upsetting ... largely because he can't remember a lot of it. An accident like this and the following recovery can be a lot to deal with.


But maybe later.

That said, I have told him about this thread and about the kind and thoughtful comments here and he says, "Thank you" and hopes that one day he might be able to come here and thank you all himself.
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That said, I have told him about this thread and about the kind and thoughtful comments here and he says, "Thank you" and hopes that one day he might be able to come here and thank you all himself.
We'll all be looking forward to that!
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Rowan doesn't remember the accident.
That might be a good thing - in my case, I was hit from behind by a drunk driver, passed out for a few minutes and don't have any memories about the actual hit. While my accident was nowhere as serious as Rowan's, I think not remembering about it allowed me to continue cycling without fears.
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Meanwhile, Rowan's internal "IT guys" are still busy reconnecting the servers while we wait for more testing with regard to his back/leg and vision.

It appears that Rowan has a damaged optical nerve. Fortunately, it should resolve itself eventually, but it means no driving or cycling outside or anything like that for at least 3 months. He'll be going for another set of tests in 3 months to see how things are going then.


As I've mentioned, it is winter here so we wouldn't likely be cycling outside anyway for a while.
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Thanks for the updates Machka. We appreciate hearing about Rowan’s progress.

Sending positive thoughts your way.
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As I've mentioned, it is winter here so we wouldn't likely be cycling outside anyway for a while.
Didn't you say it was a balmy 50 degrees out? Perfect cycling weather

I thought you were from Canada where every goes out riding when it is minus 30
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Didn't you say it was a balmy 50 degrees out? Perfect cycling weather

I thought you were from Canada where every goes out riding when it is minus 30
It ranges between about -2C and as high as 15C here in winter ... but if it is going up to 15C, that'll happen for about 10 minutes at 3 pm and then it'll cool right off again.

Winter is also a time for lots of rain, wind, frost, ice, and sometimes snow.

It's often 8C with a "feels like" temperature of -5.6C (or something similar) because of a roaring wind.

So yes, when we're healthy and well, we will ride outside on weekends, in the middle of the afternoon (unless it is bucketing down rain or extra frosty/icy or something). But we don't usually ride outside in the evenings in winter here ... tackling steep hills in the pitch black with rain and wind and a "feels like" temp of something below freezing is just not nice. <<shudder>>

Indoor trainers are great ... especially set up in front of a computer and/or TV for entertainment.
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OMG, how did I miss all of this? Machka, so sorry to hear about Rowan's accident but glad to see he's on his way now to recovery. I'll be thinking about you guys and hoping for the best.

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Rowan seems to be following the trend my brother experienced after a fall off a ladder ~12 feet, very prolonged hospital stay, recovery over months
but by a year out he was back to 90-95% of pre-injury mental function and resumed work selling aircraft parts on the net. His hospital course
paralleled Rowans. My brother is a little more concrete in his thinking than before but in casual contact you would never know. Looks like Rowan's
outlook is positive long term. I wonder if the visual thing is more optic cortex than optic nerve, as cortex is more plastic than cranial nerves generally.

Re your comment about the weather, I had to giggle a bit, recalling your 100-200 mile rides in Canada at temps in the 11-17F range when you were
a randoneer enthusiast 25 or so yrs ago.
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1. Which operating system are you using? I have several Win 7 and Win 10 computers, and no real issues with the new BF format on any of them.
2. I think the late, great Sheldon Brown used a Tadpole 3-wheel recumbent as his MS progressed. Horrid disease -- my mother had it and died at age 66, which was 30 years younger than her mother and grandmothers, and 22 years younger than her father and at least one of her grandfathers.
I'm using Windows 10. It seems to have a lot of junky software that either tries to direct you to Microsoft-specific applications, or adds crap like lots of pretty pictures and apps that try to predict what you want to do. And Bikdeforums doesn't let me post anything as big as a YouTube video without logging me out (time-out?) before the post gets uploaded. I'm trying to figure out how to turn off all this crap; no instructions come with software so I just stop using some programs or limit my time on them.

MS: yeah, pretty tough when you're slowly loosing your ability to function. So far my neighbor is still able to walk and get around, but the progression of MS degradation tends to come in sudden spurts. He's been shipped tot he hospital twice


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I'm using Windows 10. It seems to have a lot of junky software that either tries to direct you to Microsoft-specific applications, or adds crap like lots of pretty pictures...
I'm replying with a PM.

Let's put additional comments on forum issues into the subforum:
https://www.bikeforums.net/forum-sug...er-assistance/

And we can keep this thread for updates with respect to Rowan, and wellwishing for @Machka
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And we can keep this thread for updates with respect to Rowan, and wellwishing for @Machka
Thanks.


It's been nice out, so yesterday and today Rowan and I walked slowly for about 1.6 km each day, but with about a half-hour break in the middle of each walk.
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12 weeks & 3 days.

Rowan is still in the Rehab Unit, but we are starting to discuss a return to home. It's a multi-step process.



BTW - If you're wondering whether Rowan can remember the accident. The answer is no. Evidently, quite often in situations like this, the brain stops recording memories for a period of time. Plus he was placed into an induced coma shortly after the accident.

This article explains some of why a person can't remember their accidents.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart...them-21942918/


At this point, he remembers some of February, and possibly little bits into early March. So far, there's no indication of any memory in the approx. 2 weeks leading up to the accident.

After the accident, his memories start when he was coming out of Post Traumatic Amnesia about 5 weeks ago. Those memories are a little muddled, but he can describe enough that I know where and when.

However, he has been told what we know about the accident ... which isn't a lot.

As for other memories, old and new, still rather patchy. But it can take a while.
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I'm glad to hear of the progress. It has been a long road for both of you... and still quite a bit left in the future.

Transitioning home, or into Daycare will be a HUGE step.
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Continued positive thoughts, Machka. I check in on a regular basis, but don't chime in often. That doesn't change the fact that you two are in my thoughts.
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I haven't posted often, but I've followed your updates, and I'm glad to hear of Rowen's progress. Best wishes to you both.
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Here's to continued success is Rowan's recovery.
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