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The hobbling owl seems to be grounded and, let us hope, is still tucked up, resting and with a good, uplifting book to hand. 'Treasure Island' might be appropriate, a book which according to my dear departed Mother, everyone should read at least once a year. I imagine she knew the book off by heart for she quoted it by the yard.

Keeping with the medical theme I watched last night Andrew Marr's programme about his stroke and absolutely fascinating it was. We should all daily give thanks that we have the use of our limbs and brains and importantly our tongues, that our faces are not distorted into some hideous gargoyle and that we are not reduced to dependence on others for our most basic and intimate functions. So easy is it to lose what we take for granted, though in Andrew's case, he has perhaps retained a lot more than he has lost. Nevertheless he struggles daily to regain movement in his left side and this superhuman struggle was the foundation for the programme.

We learned a lot about the brain: how for instance one part controls the speech muscles, another our speech thoughts but yet another, and in a different part of the brain, takes these thoughts and assembles them into speech for the muscles to work on. So something like a song, which does not require thought, can be sung if the latter two are still working even though the person may be incapable of normal speech.

Andrew Marr put himself forward for various treatments some of which worked a little, but what impressed me most was his indomitable will not to be beaten by his affliction, to carry on working as hard as ever and to allow himself not even a smidgeon of self-pity. Like Churchill, it was mind (or whatever was left of it) over matter. A wonderful and uplifting programme which if you didn't see it might be worth catching on catch-up. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 15th Feb 2017 - 08:36AM   Posted by Fennie   Thankful Lark Comments: 3

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Withy Brook's Avatar He was a driven man before the stroke and this part of him is now directed towards improving his arm and leg that are handicapping him. He is also still working hard, though he is aware that his overwork probably caused the stroke.
I was somewhat shaken by the contrast between the real Andrew and the made up man we see on Sunday morning.
I too found it a very interesting programme

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th Feb 2017 at 09:15AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar We just caught a little bit of it, a very single minded determined approach can work wonders, one of our villagers had a debilitating stroke, so bad that they moved house to be near his daughter so she could help her Mum he needed so much care... we didn't see them for 4 or 5 years then they walked through the door of the PO and you wouldn't have thought anything had ever happened to him.

Mind you Him Outdoors is a great example too of what sheer b****y mindedness can do when it comes to rehabilitation and independence.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th Feb 2017 at 10:25AM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you kindly Fennie for posting for the Larks and holding the fort.

Great book Treasure Island I believe l have a copy here on my book shelf.

No I am not tucked up and resting my HL makes sure of that you can be at deaths door and he would still expect you to get up and make his coffee and get his cake.Rolling Eyes not as bad as I thought re my leg see on forumsVery Happy

Did not watch the documentary with Andrew Marr shall catch up on Iplayer when I can. He certainly is very determined and will carry on regardless which I think is a good thing. I have nursed many stroke patients some that have lost their speech altogether too so fortunate that A Marr has not lost his I have always thought him to be an excellent presenter and writer .

Posted by: Camilla on 15th Feb 2017 at 01:20PM

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