Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When The Washington Post Says This, The Left Has Lost

From the October 22, 2014 Washington Post:
Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Starting To Read Again

I am reading John Lundstrom's One Drop in a Sea of Blue: The Liberators of the Ninth Minnesota at the moment. Reading is still a struggle because I am still mentally drained, but it is going better than I expected.

I watch a lot of TV at the moment, much of it not terribly high-brow, like Arrow based on the DC Comics Green Arrow books.  Part of what I find attractive about stuff based on the DC Comics stuff, is that traditional notions of right and wrong have survived.  Shows I watched in the hospital like Man vs, Food do not hold my attention now.

Cold Rice

One of the home physical therapy tricks is to have a huge box of uncoooked rice in the fridge.  Unlike an icepack, the rice gets between the fingers, and chills everything enough for me to exercise my somewhat edemic fingers. 

Prozac Ten Days On

I was warned that Prozac unlike Ativan, is not a happy pill, and that is an accurate description.  By now, I should have the whole benefit, ad the depression isn't gone, just lightened a good bit.  I am writing my next Shotgun News article, and it is definitely a mental challenge, but it is coming along, one paragraph at a time.

I Can Sorta Make A Fist With My Right Hand Now

It's the little things.

Wii Game Suggestions

There is a significant body of evidence now that Wii virtual reality games improve stroke recovery.  Any recommendations?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Today's Physical Therapy

involved p[utting my right hand in a gadget with that looked like a prop from Edward Scissorhands.  Lots of springs, screws, and plastic parts that when you close your fingers in exercise, pulls back to return your fingers to the open position, because in my case, the fingers close fine now, but don't reopen very well.  It had the desired result.  I am now squueezing a dog chew toy with my right hand, building up strength.  Complicating matters slightly is that Blue Cross of Idaho only covers 20 outpatient physical therapy sessions a plan year, even for post-stroke recovery, so I may be paying for the last few sessiohns out of pocket, and so far that seems well worth it.