Friday, August 16, 2019

Video Update: Rowing Machine

My latest video update comes from May 2019: working unassisted at the rowing machine!  It isn't perfect form yet, but I've come a long way since not being able to move the weight without help.  I also have a new therapy device that I'm trying for walking and adaptive exercises.  Video of that soon to come. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Cheering for Ben

I’m a Yalie, but Ben Abercrombie is a Harvard man worth supporting.  He is returning to Harvard two years after sustaining a severe spinal cord injury, and is still working hard on his recovery in the meantime.  Please keep Ben and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he goes back to school this fall. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

The EpiPen is Mightier than the Spinal Cord Trauma?

I've posted on some fascinating technology and treatments in the past, but this development is an eye-catcher.  Scientists at the University of Michigan discovered that an injection of non-pharmaceutical nanoparticles after a spinal cord injury can redirect the natural immune response and support nervous system repair.  This "EpiPen" for the SCI would minimize or possibly even prevent dangerous inflammation and promote regeneration at a critical time, maybe inhibiting the growth of scar tissue that could (literally) stand in the way of nerve regeneration.
Nanotechnology in medicine sounds like science fiction, but it isn't.  It's part of a much larger conversation about safe, responsible application of nanoparticles in contexts ranging from spaceflight and bioethics to car manufacture and food production.  SCI EpiPens are an incredible entry into the debate.  Practically speaking, they could change a lot of lives.  Order yours today?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Update: Devon Gales and Family, Home

I was so glad to see this article about Devon Gales and his family!  Devon was injured in a football game four years ago, and has worked hard on his recovery.  His family has faced a lot of hardships while waiting for a new home that could accommodate them and allow them to be together after long times apart.  They finally have their new house . . . and hopefully even bigger and better things ahead.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nerve Transfer for Regaining Movement

Nerve Transfer is an up-and-coming treatment to help with regaining some arm and hand movement after spinal cord injuries.  It has been shown to have pretty amazing results for restoring critical motions (e.g., grasping, pinching), as you can see in the research videos attached to this article.  Something to be aware of for anyone who is looking into alternative options. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

More Research in Louisville, KY

This is a pretty exciting article about more of the results coming out of the University of Louisville.  Researcher Susan Harkema is doing some great work there.  I appreciate her tenacity and her general attitude about SCI research.  She seems to recognize not only that even the smallest changes are worth tracking, but also that they have the potential to change lives for the better in big ways.