Friday, December 24, 2010

A New Therapy

Visual Processing Therapy? Nothing has existed for vision before. Different therapies have targeted vision, for example Vestibular Therapy, http://www.ehow.com/way_5245052_vestibular-rehab-exercises.html.

Posit Science's InSight Program, http://www.positscience.com/our-products/insight, forms the basis of a therapy program aimed specifically at vision. I propose doing the Cawthorne-Cooksey Exercises with it-just the eye ones.


Eye Exercises
Looking up, then down. Slowly at first then quickly (20 times). Looking side to side. Slowly at first then quickly (20 times). Focus on a finger while at arms length. Move the finger one foot closer and back again (20 times).



Because InSight is the basis, benefits would be the same listed on their site:
  • Increases visual processing speed by up to 300%
  • Doubles the size of useful field of view
  • Improves reaction time, decreases unsafe driving maneuvers, and cuts risk of a car accident by 50%
  • Leads to a 38% reduction in the risk of serious decline in health-related quality of life
  • Results in more happy days, with a 30% reduction in the risk of serious decline in mood
  • Helps people maintain their independence over 5 years by improving their ability to perform basic tasks of daily living
Activities could be as simple as watching TV. The person could be working on coordination and use both eyes, or the person could be doing just the bad eye and is instructed to close the other eye or wear an eye patch.

    Saturday, November 27, 2010

    Give Up

    "She will most likely be a vegetable if she comes out."  Out of a coma that is.  I remember that.  It's hard to forget.  I also remember hearing a loud buzzer.  I wanted to turn off my alarm clock because I was having a good sleep.  I later found out it was the alarm on my ventilator.

    I did wake up, and I could think.  Unusual.

    So the vegetable thing never should have been said.  One time, a nurse in a hospital told me if a person is there and they can't communicate, they give up.  I understood this. I was slowly getting my ability to talk back, but it was very slow.  I could easily see someone giving up.  While there, I remember a patient-an older man who the nurses called "Doctor".  He had had a stroke.  You could see in his eyes he understood, but he couldn't talk.  He would have understood "vegetable" and what it would entail.  I think he gave up.  He died.

    What Kind of Vegetable Am I?

    updated 4/21/2015

    The link changed. The article is p. 8 of the magazine, but on p. 9 of the browser. http://www.strokeassociation.org/idc/groups/stroke-public/@wcm/@hcm/@mag/documents/downloadable/ucm_463065.pdf



     
     
     Click the link to go to the on-line magazine. The article is on p.8 of the magazine. It will enlarge for you.