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Old 03-23-19, 12:12 PM
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Wow, just read Rowan and Machka's story for the first time. I can only imagine how hard that year has been on the both of you. Glad to hear recovery is going well for you Rowan, and still progressing. No doubt it's largely due to your physical and mental strength before and after the accident. Congrats Machka on your Graduate Diploma ... especially complete during this difficult time. Impressive! You both are an inspiration to us all.
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Old 03-23-19, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
I have a fondness for cats. There is way more to their personalities than they get credit for. So to inject a lighter tone and perhaps bring a smile I submit the following video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVtryo7Zu1o
Excellent !!
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Old 03-25-19, 10:34 AM
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Boy, that's a rough turn of events. I hope for better luck for you.
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Old 05-22-19, 12:47 PM
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Don't know how I missed this thread for a year, but I did. Perhaps its nicest that I'm reading the most recent stuff now, with Rowan communicating directly and significant progress made. (I recognize that the recent siezure is a setback, but hey, you were communicating well AFTER the seizure - which is great).

I wish you, Rowan, continued progress and (I hope) an enjoyable life during that process for both of you.

BTW, I think that Machka gal is kind of sweet on you. Reading her notes and commentary is quite a love story and charms me.
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Originally Posted by WizardOfBoz View Post
BTW, I think that Machka gal is kind of sweet on you.
They seem to have so much in common, too ....
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Old 05-23-19, 04:32 AM
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Thanks to both of you -- and everyone else -- for your kindness. Yep, Machka has been a real marvel for me as I have recovered from an incident now 14 months ago that almost killed me.
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Old 06-19-19, 03:09 AM
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A little milestone .... 3 days of cycling in a row AND we made it to the end of the Cycleway 2 days in a row!!


Friday - Rowan and I got out for a short ride late in the day. It was a lazy day for me after a stressful week, so the sun went down soon after we got out there.

Distance: 7.03 km
Elevation: 44 m
Moving Time: 27:27
Elapsed Time: 28:05
Speed: Avg: 15.4 km/h | Max: 28.1 km/h



Saturday - Rowan and I got out for a longer ride today! And then stopped for fish and chips toward the end of the ride.

Distance: 29.36 km
Elevation: 206 m
Moving Time: 1:40:35
Elapsed Time: 2:35:33
Speed: Avg: 17.5 km/h | Max: 28.8 km/h


Sunday -- Went cycling again. Was a bit chilly out there ... 12C to start and down to 8C by the end of the ride. That's three days of cycling in a row in the middle of winter!!

Distance: 27.02km
Elevation: 171m
Moving Time: 1:28:01
Elapsed Time: 1:31:12
Speed: Avg: 18.4km/h | Max: 29.9km/h



Originally Posted by Machka View Post
A very interesting article I came across about a year ago in the early days of Rowan's recovery ...

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."
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We've also started a weekly Pilates class run by a local physiothe****** organisation. It's a very small class and we've got our own programs.

Mine is to get my right hip and lower back in action again.

Rowan's is to work on balance, strength, etc.



Rowan will also be going for a nerve conduction study soon to see if they can figure out what's up with his left leg. No guarantees they'll be able to figure it out, but maybe ...

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Hi @Machka,

Immediately before this post to your thread, I noted that you had just responded to a current thread on Fifty-Plus in which @Rowan has been put forward as a standard bearer of head injury recovery.
Originally Posted by jppe View Post
"Acquaintance is victim of Hit and Run, left on side of road"

Robert is now at home but under the watchful eye of his spouse and 3 children. They rotate providing assistance.

Everyone who followed Rowan’s ongoing recovery from his brain injury knows progress from brain juries is erratic and a very long process. Robert still needs assistance for daily tasks….
So I cite it for other readers of this thread, and recognize you as a paragon of caretakers.

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Old 06-19-19, 01:53 PM
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Fantastic.
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Old 06-24-19, 07:55 PM
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Since Rowan is doing soooooooooooo much better, we moved the thread to Pills and Ills and hope that he will be posting his successes in other threads as he progresses. Sending more healing thoughts and wishing a full recovery.
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