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There are many books to read on the topic of stroke.  There is no shortage.  I find more every week that I want to talk about or discuss with other therapists.  Here are a few to get you started.  Come back and check out the book store for more.

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Paralyzed But Not Powerless:  Kate’s Journey Revisited  by Kate Adamson

Jun 29, 2012

At the age of 33, with a three year old and an eighteen month old, Kate Adamson suffered a massive double brainstem stroke that left her completely paralyzed. She communicated by blinking letters to an alphabet chart. She could think and she could blink her eyes. Kate triumphed over one-in-a-million odds and overcame locked-in syndrome becoming an inspirational keynote speaker.

Review:  This book is an excellent read. It not only allows you to see how Kate went thru her journey, but it also gives the reader the perspective of her husband and doctor during each phase of her recovery.  It allows the reader to understand how decisions were made by each and how unclear the situation is to each person without the full team working together for the recovery of the patient.

Kindle Price:  $8.49




The Diving Bell and the Butterfly        

By:  Jean-Dominique Baby (Author)

Jeremy Leggatt (Translator)

In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival.

Review:  A “must read” for everyone in healthcare.  This is a chance to see how a patient who is “lock-in” and many do not recognize that he is able to hear anything, how he perceives hospital staff. From the kind nurse who asks if the curtains should be on or off to the un-caring staff member who shuts off the soccer game because it’s assumed he can’t hear it anyway.    And if that is not enough to get you full of compassion, imagine each word you are reading and that they have been “blinked” out so that he could communicate what it is like.  

Kindle Price:  $7.99

Paperback Price: $9.99




My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey         by Jill Bolte Taylor

May 15, 2008

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by “stepping to the right” of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by “brain chatter.” Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah’s online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

Review:  Climb inside the brain of someone who knows the brain very well.  She talks her way through recovery by understanding what is actually going on.  Check out her “TED Talk” as well.  That will get you in the mood to read this book.

Kindle Edition:  $8.31

Book Edition $8.75