Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Patron Saint Against Stroke

Looking into the cultural history of stroke I’ve found that, although millions of people have suffered from it, the appearance in literature is not very common, although such attacks – called apoplexy – were recognized starting from classical times. It’s … Continue reading

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Stroke Survivor 9 Months – How Am I Doing?

9 months post-stroke, how am I doing? 1 Sight I’m pretty certain there was some initial recovery and a bit more followed over the next few months. Now on my right hand side I can see quite a lot but … Continue reading

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5. Wake Up and Smell the Colour of 5

Equipment Your sensations. Background Synesthesia is when perception from different senses is not fully separated. For example if I look at a painting by Soutine I experience a sort of (not unpleasant) smell/taste sensation as well as seeing the shapes … Continue reading

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4. Frostie Specs

Equipment A pair of specs that don’t mind getting chilly. The front page of a newspaper. Background A friend with low vision said they saw everything like looking through a steamed-up window. I thought that very striking and wanted to … Continue reading

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3. Duck Tape Specs

Equipment Some glasses that can live with a little temporary gunk on them. Duck or masking tape. Background At a recent Stroke Association meeting we discussed what we can do to offer people a window into the experience of stroke … Continue reading

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2. *Do* Think of an Elephant

Equipment Your imagination. A stopwatch (or phone app or you can just count seconds: one hundred, one hundred-and-one, one hundred-and-two, one hundred-and-three… or get someone else to do it for you). Background There is no background, you must imagine it. Preparation … Continue reading

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1. Energetically Explore Your Peripheral Vision

Equipment Fingers and thumbs keep moving Self-control Background Peripheral vision is what you can see to the far left and far right. Leonardo da Vinci was an early investigator and drew a famous sketch. The angle Leonardo shows is over … Continue reading

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