Well, not a new leg as much as a reinforced leg, that makes my recovering leg more functional. Tomorrow, I go to Sunnyvale for an appointment with a researcher for the company -- Tibion -- that is conducting a study with my health provider. If I am accepted, then I may become a part of the study to explore how this "bionic" leg (the Tibion Bionic Leg) can help stroke survivors get stronger, improve their balance, climb stairs better, and stand up after sitting a little more easily.
The sitting-to-standing challenge has long "standing" with me, in spite of the good work from my "therapist saints" at St. Downtown where I went to therapy until a few months ago.
It is good to see the biotech world take on the challenges of working with stroke survivors. Each year in our country almost 800,000 people a year suffer from a stoke. Many are left disabled.
My own cerebral hemorrhage wiped out my left-lower visual field. I was referred to a neurological ophthalmologist, who tested my vision. Upon seeing so much vision loss in his testing, he told me not to drive. Then the occupational therapist at St. Downtown had me play "Eagle Eye" from lumosity.com each session I had with her.
Did it help? Yes. When I had my followup test with the ophthalmologist, much of my visual field had returned. I was immediately cleared to drive in the day-time surface streets. Lumosity.com had a new fan in me! This is a good example of how recent technology is contributing to stroke recovery.
My appointment to see if I qualify for the study on the new "bionic leg" is tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed. I will keep you informed.
To see a video about the experimental Tibion Leg, click here: https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=em-share_video_user&v=YOXxSwOCrSM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DYOXxSwOCrSM%26feature%3Dem-share_video_use
To learn more about stroke statistics, click here: https://www.strokecenter.org/patients/about-stroke/stroke-statistics/
To find "Eagle Eye" the game, visit lumosity.com.