Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


This probably isn't how it went, but if people heard it, they believed it. We now know this not to be true.

Now we are hearing something else in the news, Brain death equals body death.  "I heard it, so it must be true."

So I think for myself and I question authority.  A while ago, it was said I was a vegetable. I questioned authority. I asked "What kind of vegetable am I?" in print years later when I could type it out. It was distributed around the country, http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aha/strokeconnection_20090708/index.php#/10/OnePage    It brings all this stuff into question. (I couldn't speak it then, and now it wouldn't be understood by all as my speech is not that great.)

Here is something many of you do not know, http://braininjuryknow.blogspot.com/2013/04/getting-there.html  The brain takes a step back. The research is there, it's just not widely talked about. The link just takes the current research and makes it understandable. People with brain injuries could do something one day but not the next. Obviously they were  stepping back the day they couldn't do it.

So what is brain death if the brain is only stepping back? Well the brain may not be dead after all. It's not responding. "The nerve fibers from the cells were severed, but the cells themselves remained intact," http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-07-03-brain-rewired_x.htm We can't go by what we heard in the news. It's just hearsay.

If you ask my family, they will probably say they were told I was brain dead. What I say is secondhand. My parents should be interviewed while they still can answer. Medical records will not reflect what they were told.

I'm not going to tell you if brain death is the same as body death. That is for you to decide. Besides...I'm still trying to prove I am actually conscious.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Do Vegetative People Recognize Loved Ones?


 An article asks. http://neurosciencenews.com/vegetative-state-patients-recognition-682/

I can say yes because I am still "semi-vegetative." What ever that is! I guess it's a high-functioning vegetative person. There aren't any definitions. 

"Do Patients in a Vegetative State Recognize Loved Ones?"
If doctors could ask would they? That hasn't been my experience and I can answer that one. I've been treated like I am stupid and crazy. At the last hospital, I remember something like the doctor saying he couldn't understand what I was saying. It didn't matter though, my bleed was so terrible I was just speaking nonsense.

That is one reason I worked on getting this left arm to move. It doesn't look like nonsense when I type out what I am saying.

So yes, vegetative people recognize loved ones. Speech may not be there. All faculties may not be there. Whether or not a patient is treated with kindness, love, or indifference (and there have been many times) the patient notices. Indifference is okay. That's just someone doing their job matter-of-factually, but meanness and hatred are not!

"Don't listen to a word I say. The screams all sound the same"

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Facebook Comments Have Oxytocin

How can I make such a title? Easy. Watch the above video at 14 minutes. He reports a man had 150% increase in Oxytocin after using Facebook. Facebook is mostly comments. A single comment is a portion of the total.

I can then venture to say Facebook comments give Oxytocin. His study included Twitter, so Tweets do also. I'd venture to say the same goes for other social networks. G+ is much too new to have been included, but you add comments to a post.

A recent study found a single spray of Oxytocin improves brain function in children with Autism,  http://neurosciencenews.com/oxytocin-brain-function-autism-637/  I'm not surprised. It's just scientific evidence of old sayings about love healing all wounds. (Oxytocin has been called the love hormone.)

Now with the knowledge that comments give the same Oxytocin as the spray, wouldn't it be easy to say that social networks improve brain function if you make comments.

What is so important about Oxytocin?

I paraphrase. Oxytocin has been linked to more restful sleep, lower blood pressure, reduced stress, less pain, improved healing, and weight loss.

This gives all the on-line support groups even more meaning. They are boosting social skills when participants comment. The person who comments, their Oxytocin blood level, it rises. The more they comment, the higher it goes. It can reach therapeutic levels.  Participation in those groups is therapeutic. It may not look like much in the beginning, but  give it a while to act. After a year,  what is said may be different than after a week.

So comment, it's good for you.