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Stroke of insight
7/19/2014 8:18:00 AM
Jill Bolte Taylor, Anat Baniel and Marcy Lindheimer
Yesterday was a wonderful day! I've gained so much insight listening to Jill Bolte Taylor and Anat Baniel chatting about the discovery Jill went through to recover from her stroke, and how that relates to the Anat Baniel Method.
Listening to Jill describe how it took her hours to understand the simple phrase "squeeze my hand" and what that means in the body and then have the doctors tell her that it was a reflexive response. It truly gave insight in the place you would be if your brain was injured and you needed to re-learn everything. It sheds a whole new light into how current physical therapy is done, when it's focused on repetitions and moving muscles. It does nothing to upgrade the brain and nervous system to perform that action on their own.
I feel changed just listening to Jill and Anat. Jill's explanation of what it takes to get neurons online with other neurons in proximity to wake them up and connect parts of the body to bring them into the movement was so simple and clear. I have experienced this when I've changed physically doing Anat's movement lessons. Parts of my body appear to be woken up and come "online" to join the rest making it effortless movement.
Having a day like that in the presence of these amazing teachers makes it impossible to not be smarter and upgrade your brain and understanding of neuroplasticity. I feel so grateful.
If you haven't watched Jill's Ted Talk I recommend it.
I'm so excited to be taking Vaeda to the Anat Baniel Method Center next week and continuing with my ABM training. Jeff hasn't been on a trip in over 6 years. This will be our first real family trip together!
I feel like I need to find new wishes now. Since Vaeda recently started walking, my wishes came true. Do you realize how that feels? When something that you are so emotionally tied to happens. It's a miracle. I've never felt more joyful and grateful for anything in my entire life. I feel like this is the beginning of a road that's just going to get more amazing. As a parent of a child with special needs, I didn't realize I was carrying around so much worry. It's as though it has been lifted and I feel so much lighter. I can watch my daughter interact with children her age at their level, what is more joyful than that?
This trip is going to be amazing. Look out California, here we come!
I've survived White Juan. I don't recall being that wound up about snowfall then. I was snowboarding all the time, so fresh pow pow was a god send.
This year as I'm working from home today, waiting for the pressure to drop and the horrendous doom to befall us, I'm not so happy about Mother Nature's plans. In fact our little yard surrounded by trees may be our protection from the hurricane force winds or the worst idea as the weak trees break off and crash into our home.
I'm expecting a power outage so if that doesn't happen I will be very pleased. No power means no heat or water, and the chance of our pipes freezing and bursting.
These are things I didn't concern myself with when I lived in an apartment in town where the power is never out for long.
Please let the next 72 hours be over without incident.
Jeff and I attended a press conference today for Help PEI. Here's an excerpt of what Jeff announced.
"I am a parent of a child that currently requires physio and occupational therapy services from Health PEI. To some this sounds like something that should be very simple to access as many of us do, unfortunately it isn't so simple for Island children. The early child physical medicine department budget doesn't allow Island children with complex needs the amount of physio and occupational therapy that they require. The department's budget hasn't seen a much needed increase since 1987.
Our family has been advocating to improve Health PEI's early child physical medicine services so that Island children with complex needs can have equal access to physical medicine services as adults with minor needs. People are generally shocked to hear that Island adults with a sprained wrist have better access to physiotherapy than a child that cannot yet walk, or sit on their own.
Health PEI's solution to this decades old issue is to hire a shared coordinator to lighten admin duties and a part time therapist. The part time therapist is a welcomed addition but is being placed in with temporary funding that will run out in one year's time. The therapist will only be serving children in Queens County on a temporary basis. We don't know what this currently means for the affected children in Prince and Kings counties. The early child physical medicine department has been requesting more funding to address their service gap for years but the requests have been declined year after year. It is quite evident that permanent staff are required to meet the needs of Island children.
We would like to announce today that we are launching an official public petition to request that the PEI government approves the most recent Early Child physical medicine department budget request. We aim to collect as many signatures of support as possible and motion the petition on the floor of the PEI legislature. The policy makers and MLAs of our province need to be made fully aware of this issue in order to resolve it."
A special thank you to NDP PEI and their leader Mike Redmond for his continued support and assistance in resolving this important issue.
Public petitions are available to sign at McKinnon Wellness (298 University Ave, Charlottetown, PE) and at all Island offices of PEI Council of People with Disabilities (located in Summerside, Montague, and Charlottetown ). We will also be looking for signatures in public, so if you see us please sign the petition to support for more physical medicine services for Island children. Please lend your support to make a difference for children in this province.
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