“I have a dream…at last”

Over the last few weeks there have been a few more noticeable milestones. In the life of anyone not recovering from a stroke they would be insignificant. But when an action, reaction or emotion suddenly reappears after being absent for more than 18 months, their re – appearance is literally remarkable. Firstly an incident which […]

When phobias are good & reading with your ears.

It’s now 20 months since Amanda’s stroke, and way past the point where the so-called ‘Plateau’ effect means she should have stopped improving or at least slowed down significantly. But with the benefit of two daily Voluntastrols capsules, as the only thing consumed in addition to a normal healthy diet and the regular challenging tasks […]

When you remember that you forgot…

This weekend we celebrated 35 years of marriage. Amanda made sure she remembered the anniversary by passing me a card at 1.30 a.m.  – while she thought of it She then slept in until 9.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. I asked if she had been asleep all that time. “Well, I was asleep until I […]

One small step for man –another giant leap for Amandakind

I’ve realised the gaps between these posts are getting longer. So does that mean Amanda’s recovery is slowing down? I don’t think so. But the more she heads back towards ‘normal’ the harder it becomes to notice  improvements since they are often so subtle I only realise after a few days that yet another pre-stroke […]

A dog, a cat in a hat & unexpected praise

Amanda is now into month 17 of her stroke recovery and month 3 of taking 2 Voluntastrols  capsules each day – and recovery still continues. I’m now opening the capsules and mixing the contents with her breakfast porridge. For her this is easier than swallowing them and just turns the porridge purple. As well as […]

Nonsense poems and numbers

Amanda has now been taking 2 capsules of the Voluntastrols botanical supplement every morning for the last 6 weeks.  In the last two weeks (and bearing in mind 16 months post – stroke), she has demonstrated further improvements. Self – motivation continues to show signs of improving. I set her a task to tidy the […]

The return of the working memory?

This is the longest gap between posts so far. Three weeks since the last one. So what’s been happening? It’s been one month since Amanda began taking the Voluntastrol  botanical supplement and also a month since I signed her up to the Constant Therapy app. In that time she has completed nearly 800 tasks on […]

Supplements and gym membership. Recovery just got real!

On Good Friday, Amanda started on a nutritional supplement; Voluntastrols – a botanical supplement containing specific secondary plant metabolites extracted from citrus, theobromine, cacao and chamomile. Since then I’ve kept a close eye out for any changes in behaviour or cognitive ability For many months she has tried to improve her spelling and alphabetical skills […]