Episode 046 — 2018 Top 10 Stroke Hacks


This is the last episode of 2018, and it’s a little different. I’m sharing my 10 favorite hacks of the weeks for the year.

Special thanks to Emilee Mason, Kristen Dingman, the folks from the Slow Road to Better, and Whitney Morean for their contributions. And thanks to all the guests who joined me and generously shared their stories in 2018

Before we get to the hacks, I want to share a story from Doctor Who. In the episode Heaven Sent, which is one of the best episodes the show has ever released, the lead character, The Doctor, a time-travelling super smart alien, finds himself stuck in some sort of prison. He has to gradually work his way out. Eventually, he figures out how, and he tells a story created by the Brothers Grimm about a bird:

The Brothers Grimm, lovely fellas. They’re on my darts team. According to them, there’s this emperor and he asks this shepherd’s boy, how many seconds in eternity?

And the shepherd’s boy says, there’s this mountain of pure diamond. It takes an hour to climb it, and an hour to go around it!

Every hundred years, a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on the diamond mountain. And when the entire mountain is chiseled away, the first second of eternity will have passed!

You must think that’s a hell of a long time.

Personally, I think that’s a hell of a bird.

Stroke recovery is a long, slow process, and sometimes it feels like an eternity.

As a stroke survivor you are not the mountain. You are the bird. And you are a hell of a bird.

The Hacks





Peel a Banana

My Stroke Story and Goals


Vegetable Draw

It’s All in my Head and tpA/Thrombectomy Updates


Mop Holders

Prevent Shoulder Subluxation


Mis en Place

Valsalva and the PFO


Handled Thermos

Microsoft Ability Summit and Neurofatigue after Stroke


Oven Mitt

Meet OT Emilee Mason


Adjust to CPAP/BiPAP

Meet Gen X Stroke Survivor Kristen Dingman


Dealing w/ Aphasia

The Slow Road to Better


Wear an Apron

Meet OT Lauren Sheehan


Practice Patience

Meet Whitney Morean

Program Notes

You may notice a slight echo in my intro and outro. I’m producing this episode from Currently Speaking Studios East (AKA my mother’s guest bedroom) and experimenting with a different setup.

Also, for those who are curious, the sound clip between hacks is the sound of a Kodak slide projector changing slides — the non-PowerPoint variety.

A small stuffed penguin looks at a microphone
Miles ( considers starting his own podcast. He fell behind on his blog so he’s also considering Instagram to chronicle his adventures, He’s a busy bird

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