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GOAL: To walk without using my walking pole, and to regain some degree of function in my left arm/hand.
In June, 2018 I was a happy, healthy, active 70 yr old…..recently retired, going to the gym 2-3 times/week, playing lots of golf, and spending time with my kids and grandkids. Then on June 17th (Fathers Day) I had a stroke and things changed drastically.
My stroke occurred at 10:15 am. Thanks to EMS, I arrived at Foothills within an hour; the Neuro team was ready for me and felt quite confident that it would be an “immediate fix”. Unfortunately, nobody realized at that point that my stroke had been caused by a dissected carotid artery, which complicated things significantly. Instead of the usual 20-30 minutes, the procedure took almost 3 hours….. as a result, the damage was much more severe than anyone had anticipated. I spent a week in ICU, another week on the Stroke Unit, then moved to Unit 58 for rehab. I was there for 4 months. Since then, I have continued my rehab through various programs and services.
I am blessed with wonderful family and friends who continue to encourage and support me through my on-going rehabilitation. I look forward (after Covid) to enjoying golf, backyard BBQs, revival of the CFL (Go Riders!) and perhaps even some travel.
Since working with the Synaptic Team, I have gained strength in my legs and core, and also improved balance and posture.
FAVOURITE PART OF SYNAPTIC
I always look forward to my sessions at Synaptic. The positive energy in the clinic and the friendly professionalism offered by the entire staff lifts my spirits each and every time. I have tremendous admiration for all the therapists - they know just what buttons to push to motivate their clients to get the most out of each session. I also enjoy the variety of my workouts. The therapists are creative in how we get the work done, using their expertise and ingenuity, along with the many different pieces of equipment available at Synaptic.