05:27:57:Presenter: Welcome to the stroke cast generation X stroke Survivor explorers rehab at the recovery the frontiers of neuroscience at how to peel a banana with one hand.
05:28:18:Presenter: Hello. I’m Bill Monroe and welcome to episode 17 of stroke cast.
05:28:26:Presenter: This week. I’m gonna talk about a few different things going to be a little bit of bad different episode. I’m going to talk about a couple of other podcasts that I’ve recently been on.
05:28:26:Presenter: I’ve also just read about a couple of interesting studies about some of the different foods, we consume and I’m going to talk a little bit about that.
05:28:44:Presenter: A minimum of the talk a little bit about my thoughts on my stroke of arcetri, that’s right, june 3 was one year since my stroke and it’s really kind of a little bit of a weird week as i think about. Everything that’s happened and then we’ll get back into our hack of the week as normal.
05:29:26:Presenter: But first let’s talk about a couple of things on other podcasts, the first one I want to mention is, well, actually, it’s an episode of my other podcast two minutes talk to apps i mentioned last week about. Ability summit that I had seen a demonstration of presentation translator from Microsoft. It’s a tool that will actually go ahead and transcribe what presenter is saying in real time and display it on top of Powerpoint slides. It’s actually pretty cool. And it also supports multiple languages. If you want to dive into that in a lot more detail go ahead and head on over to two minute talk tips com translator or I take a much deeper look at it.
05:30:01:Presenter: as a result of what i’ve encountered with using this tool, i’m also going to be able to post a transcript of this episode generated by microsoft’s cloud technology the advantage for doing it this way is that, well, it’s free and that makes it something that i can actually pr ovide relatively easily, so the transcription may not be on a present perfect, but it will be something that can potentially help if you wanted to go back and read the information in
05:30:52:Presenter: i’ve also appeared on a couple of other podcasts this week that i would encourage you to check out what does the inside knowledge podcast by lynn anderson her podcast is a series that focuses entirely on resilience and she
05:30:52:Presenter: As a result of what I’ve encountered with using this tool. I’m also going to be able to post a transcript of this episode generated by Microsoft’s cloud technology the advantage for doing it this way is that, well, it’s free and that makes it something that I can actually. Provide relatively easily. So the transcription may not be on a present perfect, but it will be something that can potentially help if you wanted to go back and read the information in this podcast.
05:30:53:Presenter: i’ve also appeared on a couple of other podcasts this week that i would encourage you to check out what does the inside knowledge podcast by lynn anderson her podcast is a series that focuses entirely on resilience and she is different guests on each week to talk about resi lience in the tools they use to help them overcome different challenges and obstacles in their life and some of those are tools they applied years ago to deal with major trauma and some of the word tools they still deal with today a lot of it is about mindset and what it tak es to really excel and live the kind of life that you want to live and i was thrilled to be able to share my story and talk
05:31:18:Presenter: stroke awareness on linschoten to share some of that information with her audience, so i would encourage you to check out the inside knowledge podcast available in most of your favorite podcast apps you can also head on over to stroke cast dot com slash one year and you’ll find a link to lynn’s podcast you
05:31:18:Presenter: I’ve also appeared on a couple of other podcasts this week that I would encourage you to check out what does the inside knowledge podcast by Lynn Anderson her podcast is a series that focuses entirely on resilience and she is. Different guests on each week to talk about resilience in the tools they use to help them overcome different challenges and obstacles in their life and some of those are tools they applied years ago to deal with major trauma and some. Of the word tools they still deal with today a lot of it is about mindset, and what it takes to really Excel and live the kind of life that you want to live and I was thrilled to be able to. Share my story and talk more about.
05:31:18:Presenter: Stroke awareness on linschoten to share some of that information with her audience. So I would encourage you to check out the inside knowledge podcast available in most of your favorite podcast apps you can also head on over to stroke cast dot com slash one year and you’ll find a link to Lynn. ‘s podcast you actually find a whole bunch of links that I talk about today over it struck cascom one year.
05:32:08:Presenter: But regardless Lynn based in New Zealand is a fantastic interviewer, and it was a show that was a lot of fun to be a part of the other podcast I wanted to mention is a podcast called hand in hand from. The stroke focus network you may have encountered this podcast in the past if you’ve been looking for other stroke podcasts basically each week they talk with a different Survivor or professional or someone else related to the stroke industry sounds. Similar to any other shows when you know, but it’s a great show that is actually part of the broader stroke focused community which has a nice web presence and offers plenty of opportunities for stroke survivors to tell their story. Either in audio or in writing with some forms with support for blogs for.
05:32:58:Presenter: Survivors. So definitely go ahead and check out the hands of the end show hosted by cam. She and I also had a great discussion him. We talked about a lot again lot of different things are various stroke stories the importance of actually recognizing when a stroke is happening some of the challenges around things like neuro fatigue and some of these other things that we worked. Through on a day to day basis and, of course, what you have to do to ultimately get better. And the work that you have to put into it along with the course the importance of participating in local support groups if those are available to you. So check out both of those shows the hand in hand show and the inside knowledge. They’re both great ones to be a part of I’ve also seen some research come out.
05:33:06:Presenter: This week. I’ve encountered some research that may have come out in the recent past about some of the different snacks. We might choose to consume.
05:33:56:Presenter: Medical news today. For example, reports on a study that was published in the medical journal heart which is put out by the British cardiovascular society and apparently has an editor based in the University of Washington. So one of my neighbors up here about a study conducted in China. So we are really talking about some international stuff here, but the headline of the article is one egg per day may keep stroke at bay. And this is some interesting stuff because as survivors or as folks who are trying to avoid a stroke in the first place one of the things we hear a lot about is watch your blood pressure watch your cholesterol and there. ‘s a lot of public sentiment that eggs are terrible for your cholesterol.
05:34:02:Presenter: And this study is actually reporting that that may not be the case, it’s called the article.
05:34:36:Presenter: Almost daily egg consumption or around 5.82 eggs per week was also linked to a 12 percent mower risk of ischemic heart disease compared with people who never or rarely 8 this food amounting to approximately 2.03 expert week the study finds that there is an. Association between moderate level egg consumption of 2 1 8 per day and they lower cardiac event rate the study authors explain.
05:35:25:Presenter: This is really interesting. And it’s actually a pretty big study because it was a study of 461,213 participants over i believe it was 9 years. So there was certainly a large pool of folks to be a part of this, and if you want to read the actual study and articles again head on over to struck cast dot com slash one year and you’ll see. Those links over there, but it’s really interesting how this sort of turned some of our assumptions on their head since we’ve been told for decades that eggs are bad for us. I think one of the things that’s interesting take away from this is what we’re learning about a lot of the different foods that are out there, and that ultimately moderation is the key.
05:35:49:Presenter: I mean this study showing that lower risk is great. But I don’t think they are indicating I should go out to Beths Cafe here in Seattle and start chowing down on those 12 egg omelet see each day that seems like a terrible idea for many reasons but perhaps there’s not. As much reason to be afraid of eggs as we might, otherwise.
05:36:06:Presenter: It’s interesting as I’ve gone through this whole experience. One of the things I have done is again, try to reduce some of my egg consumption, I’ve done that actually by consuming more egg whites or rather specifically I want to the grocery store and bought a carton. Of liquid egg white.
05:36:19:Presenter: What I found is that whereas I used to make it make an omelette with three or four eggs. Now, I just use one regular egg and the rest I make up with liquid egg white and, you know what.
05:36:37:Presenter: There really isn’t that much difference in taste and since they just seem to be any negative two replacing are multiple eggs with just liquid egg white, I think that’s sort of to be a pretty effective strategy for me and. I kinda like it but I have one, I’m glad that we don’t have to run screaming from every collection of a.
05:36:48:Presenter: Cardiovascular business also reported on a study from the Journal of Biological chemistry with the headline green tea component may prevent heart attack and stroke.
05:36:50:Presenter: Quote the article.
05:37:00:Presenter: But when EG CG binds to amyloid fibers it shrinks the man makes them more soluble and therefore less dangerous.
05:37:17:Presenter: Basically a chemical in green tea binds itself to the fibers in our arteries that form black long the arteries and can cause problems with blood flow in class and things like that. It makes it easier for the body to go ahead and dissolve them and go ahead and remove them.
05:37:30:Presenter: The article about the study quotes the study and says our results show that this intriguing compound might be effective against the types of plaque which can cause heart attack and stroke.
05:37:39:Presenter: The researchers said a normal amount of green tea is unlikely to have a significant effect on heart health.
05:38:05:Presenter: In other words this chemical that’s in green tea is great. But the amount of green tea a person would have to consume in order for it to have a significant impact on their health is kind of ridiculous, so while some chemicals in green tea may potentially be able to help in. A minor way with heart attack and stroke the main reason to drink green tea remains that it’s just pretty darn tasty.
05:38:26:Presenter: And the interesting thing that both of these articles highlight is that it is important to look beyond just the headline on the article about the topic if so if you read deeper into it to figure out exactly, what the impact. Means and whether this is actually going to make a difference in your life or not.
05:38:50:Presenter: If we just go by reading headlines about green tea it seems like the super food and, you know what maybe it is a super food. But ultimately the important stuff really is in those details. So anytime you see any of these headlines about this new thing is going to be great for heart health and minimize all future risk of stroke and make everything in the world shiny and lovely.
05:38:55:Presenter: Read the details because there’s probably a lot more to it than that.
05:39:01:Presenter: Sadly life in biology ends up being a lot more complicated than we’d like it to be at sometimes.
05:39:23:Presenter: And speaking of complicated results from biology this past Sunday june 3 was my stroke of ursery and i’ve spent sort of the week thinking about the past year and what i’ve accomplished how far i have come and.
05:39:32:Presenter: What I still have to do. So if you’ll forgive me this is going to be perhaps a little bit more self indulgent than some of my other episodes.
05:40:06:Presenter: But it’s interesting as I now enter that phase of Facebook or it starts showing me my memories from a year ago where I was posting pretty much daily from the hospital and seeing how my situation evolved and how I. Learned more about what was going on.
05:40:30:Presenter: Overall a year out from the stroke, I am not satisfied with my progress, but my progress is probably also further along than it ought to be and that’s.
05:40:30:Presenter: Part of just the way I built myself I am sort of never satisfied with where I am, I always want to be doing more and pushing further and trying to get more stuff done fans of the musical hamilton will know. There’s a song in the second part of the show with the refrain is basically why do you write like, you’re running out of time.
05:40:33:Presenter: And that’s what sticks with me more now because.
05:41:01:Presenter: I am running out of time and as we go ahead and put out more and more content like this show and partner with more and more organizations there’s so much stuff to do. And so much stuff that I want to do and I figured if all goes, well, I’ve got at most another hundred and 5200 years or so to get done all of this stuff and quite frankly. That is not a lot of time.
05:41:33:Presenter: So I’ve been working hard to do a lot of things to put out more content to try a new project since talk with more folks to really sort of try and spread the word tell more people about. Things like stroke in the risk factors. So that there are fewer folks who have to deal with what I am from my percent had to deal with how to recognize the signs. So that people can get treatment faster and faster than ever before and, you know, there’s a lot of do.
05:42:23:Presenter: but i’ve had a lot of help from my team of therapists from a girlfriend from family, that’s all been there to support my efforts and even doing things like just starting this podcast back in february has sort of giving me an anchor from which i can talk about other things th at i am doing is giving me an opportunity to do things like appear on those other podcasts like the opportunity to work more closely with the hospitals marketing team to help spread their message around stroke has been giving me the opportunity to partner with the american heart association on some local media activities and other things like that, i was listening to an episode of chris hardwick’s nerdist podcast now called the ID, 10 T podcast yeah i’m a little behind so it was
05:42:28:Presenter: The end of 2017 where dana gould and janet varney where the guests on the show.
05:42:28:Presenter: But I’ve had a lot of help from my team of therapists from a girlfriend from family, that’s all been there to support my efforts and even doing things like just starting this podcast back in February has sort of. Giving me an anchor from which I can talk about other things that I am doing is giving me an opportunity to do things like appear on those other podcasts, the opportunity to work more closely with the hospitals marketing team to. Help spread their message around stroke has been giving me the opportunity to partner with the American heart association on some local media activities and other things like that, I was listening to an episode of Chris Hardwick’s nerdist podcast now. Called the ID, 10 T podcast i’m a little behind. So it was one from.
05:42:30:Presenter: And what did gold said?
05:42:34:Presenter: With something, so simple things lead to things.
05:42:39:Presenter: Create a thing when you put a thing out there into the world.
05:42:53:Presenter: That thing will lead to other things it will lead to other projects and other opportunities another chance is to share your story to share what it is that you want to share.
05:43:04:Presenter: So what I would like you to take away from that would be if you have something that you are passionate about a project that you were interested in a thing you want to make.
05:43:43:Presenter: Go ahead and make it go ahead and do it we are living in a time where digital technology makes these things so much more possible than they were, you know 5 10 years ago. There are fewer gatekeepers than ever before stopping us from doing the things that we want to do stopping us from telling the stories that we want to tell if that’s something you want to do in that something you’re. Passionate about go ahead and do it and let me know about your project. Let me know about the things that you want to do that you are accomplishing that you were taking those steps to do.
05:43:45:Presenter: Making a thing.
05:44:26:Presenter: As a lot in common with the therapy that we do that we ought to be doing as part of our stroke recovery its learning how to produce something, it’s doing the work. It’s believing that you can go ahead and make this happen in taking the steps that you need to take in order to accomplish it with that is going to be producing a podcast writing your novel creating a movie or. Learning how to walk all those things require that idea of dedication that idea of focusing on that goal and ultimately of doing the work that it takes to get there.
05:44:52:Presenter: But I see after a year of having to rethink how my brain works of having to re learn some very basic things of having to regain my limbs and we’re still not even all the way there yet what I. See in all of that at this point is the opportunity an opportunity to do something bigger an opportunity to do something more an opportunity to do something bigger than myself.
05:44:56:Presenter: And hopefully to help a lot of folks along the way.
05:45:13:Presenter: And, yes, that does sound a little Eric, and it does sound a little cocky, but so what year ago my heart and arteries tried to kill my brain and failed, i think that gives me an excuse to be. A little bit arrogant about some of this stuff.
05:45:21:Presenter: Again, in the words they hit Show Hamilton. I’m young scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot.
05:45:27:Presenter: And that brings us to our hack of the week.
05:45:31:Presenter: One of the things I discovered when I was doing my taxes for last year.
05:45:59:Presenter: Was something I had never really thought about before and that was the deductibility of medical expenses. And, of course, I had a lot more medical expenses last year than in any year prior. And that’s probably why for last year was the first time it was relevant but I discovered that all sorts of things that aren’t covered by insurance are tax deductible at least in the United States. That’s going to include things like.
05:46:13:Presenter: Transportation to and from the medical appointments parking at the hospital for when I am getting my treatments payments for services that were not covered by insurance.
05:46:19:Presenter: So when I strongly recommend is that all of those little expenses that you have.
05:46:32:Presenter: Within that’s going to be a pain that you have to go out and buy or a deductible for an appointment or the uber over to the doctors office keep careful track of all of that.
05:47:21:Presenter: Of course, the big one that I hadn’t even thought about was Cobra payments. So if whatever reason you’re paying your own health insurance premiums that can have a big tax advantage for you. So keep track of all of those expenses throughout the year all of the mileage oil of the taxi receipts all of the insurance premiums all of that. So that when you do your taxes next year you can go ahead and plug all of that into your spreadsheets or your forms or your turbotax is or whatever to make sure you are getting the maximum refund or the lowest. Text Bill legally available to you and, of course, if you have any questions about this keep mind, I am not a lawyer and I am not account. So you may want to check with your own tax specialist about it. So that’s it for this week.
05:47:24:Presenter: Have you passed your stroke of ursery yet?
05:47:27:Presenter: What were your thoughts on the experience?
05:47:32:Presenter: Go ahead. And let us know in the comments over it struck cast dot com slash one year.
05:47:41:Presenter: Be sure to check out the hand in hand show and the inside knowledge show it links to both will be available over it struck cast dot com slash one year.
05:47:46:Presenter: And if your doctor is cool with it be sure to enjoy as much green tea is you like.
05:47:51:Presenter: And consider an egg a day to keep the stroke away.
05:48:00:Presenter: Describe this drug test in your favorite podcast app and be sure to share this podcast with a friend colleague or random stranger on the street.
05:48:04:Presenter: and, of course as always don’t
05:48:07:Presenter: Get better.
05:48:07:Presenter: And, of course as always don’t get best.
05:48:13:Presenter: Thanks a lot. I’m Bill Monroe and I’ll talk to you next week.
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