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Three Years After The Semi-Truck Accident – Physical Therapy and Stroke Victims

Melody Kissing Rio

I am physically disabled but not dead, I continue to attend Physical Therapy two days a week and massage therapy, one and half hours one day a week. Select GOD Created A Miracle for me for more details.  Spring and summer bring me a bit of relief as I walk better and feel better when it is warm outside the three large screws in my pelvis do not like to get cold or feel the damp. Additionally I am happy to give up my full-time long johns and snow pants I wear from October to April living in the great Pacific Northwest, Washington.


My current Physical Therapist works mostly with stroke victims as he has advanced certification in neurological rehabilitation.  He has over twelve years of experience in treating adults with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and well he is outstanding in understanding the functions of the human body coordinating together to walk, I call him my gait specialist.

Attending Physical therapy is never easy it is painful, challenging and feels like I am going forward and doing great and then one little thing can set me back for three months or longer.  I will never give up as I dream of riding my horse and Mammoth donkey one day, being able to go fishing, 5th wheeling, traveling, snow shoeing, walking on the ocean looking for treasures fly my kite on a warm sunny day with the ocean behind me, hiking, ride my bike, walk in the mall without pain and get more than the essentials in the clothing department and so much more.  So much has changed in my life and yet I know GOD has a plan and I am in the palm of his hand.


While attending Physical Therapy I see so many stroke victims 

This has prompted me to share what the warning signs of a stroke are.  If you can get a stroke victim to the doctor in three hours the chances are much greater to help the stroke victim recover much quicker and in some cases reverse it.

Learn the many warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY at any sign of a stroke.

Use FAST to remember the warning signs:

  FACE: Ask the person to smile.
Does one side of the face droop?
  ARMS:Ask the person to raise both arms.
Does one arm drift downward?
  SPEECH:Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.
Is their speech slurred or strange?
  TIME:If you observe any of these signs,
call 9-1-1 immediately.

NOTE THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke. Read more about stroke treatment.

Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as FAST as possible. Click here to download the FAST Wallet Card to keep a reminder of stroke warning signs with you wherever you go!

Stroke symptoms include:

  • SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
  • SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.


Now doctors say a  bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S  *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T  *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently) (I.e. It is sunny out today.)

R  *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms

  • Stroke Resources:


Stroke Awareness

Stroke Organization

National Stroke Org


GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!


13 Responses to “Three Years After The Semi-Truck Accident – Physical Therapy and Stroke Victims”

  1. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    You have such incredible strength and faith. You truly amaze me. I pray for you that God does have a plan, incorporating all your dreams for painless activities. As we are having a particularly torrid time here at the moment, this post came at the right moment, to remind me to have faith in God, although I must admit that going hungry has made this slightly more difficult than usual. Thanks for giving me the nudge to remind me to be happy for the small blessings and to trust in God’s great plan.


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm


      I pray GOD brings you the peace and miracles you desire and that you and no other human or animal around you must go hungry. Hunger is a horrible thing and if each of us lend a hand to help one another no hunger would be in this world.
      Sending you my love, prayers and a hug!
      GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!


  2. jolynnpowers

    we have several stroke survivers in our family and one was only 35 when a stroke attempted to take my sister-in-laws life thanks for the tips they are very important to everyone… sounds like you are in the write hands for your physical therepy continue the hard work… blessings to you jolynn


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      Wow! Thank you so very much for reading my blog and sharing your life experiences with stroke victims GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!


    • Donkey Whisperer Farm

      GOD is amazing the new medicine is helping with the spasms and pain and the weather is a huge plus. Thank you for reading my blog and taking a moment to leave me a precious note of encouragement.



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