“Promoting Positive Solutions,” Post-Polio Health, Volume 29, Number 2, Spring 2013
Question: I am a 62-year-old happily married mother of two. I have a history of bulbar polio and have started speech therapy for new swallowing difficulties and problems with vocal endurance. Thus far, I have been able to adjust to every change brought on by post-polio syndrome, but this new change is really hard for me.
My life changed course when I had polio at age nine, but I was too young to realize it. When a person is disabled in adulthood their whole world is turned upside down pretty quickly. At the age of nine, I only knew that I couldn’t walk, play outside with my friends, or go to school for a year.
But what really charted the course for my future was being a patient of a physical therapist, Miss Waddell, who had been trained by Sister Kenny.
Linda Cannon Rowan
When I complain to my doctor about pain or fatigue, he usually tells me that I am not getting enough rest.
I GET SO TIRED OF HEARING THAT I NEED TO REST! BUT I KNOW THAT I MUST!
A day without pain is rare.
Nancy Baldwin Carter
One day I was running wild through the exhibits at the Thayer County Fair in Nebraska, a typical eleven-year-old shrieking uncontrollably as the Octopus ride tossed me hither and yon, winning a kewpie doll pitching plastic balls through embroidery hoops. The next, I was in bed with the “flu.”
Please understand that consistently using the principles discussed below is important when performing ANY activity. In other words, do not wait to use these principles just when you are in pain, but rather, use the principles all of the time.
Why should you use these principles?
TALKING BOOKS LIBRARY
I think that reading a good book while reclining is one of the great pleasures in life. But having to hold the book can detract from the experience, especially if the book is hardcover. So how about listening to the book instead?
There are two ways to enjoy audio books inexpensively. You can drive to the library, search the shelves and hope you find what you want from their limited selection of audio books, then bring them home. Of course you have to drive back to return them two or three weeks later.
WAY TO GROW: THE ACCESSIBLE GARDEN