Saturday, June 10, 2006

"Everyone is expected to volunteer for this"
In the end, I'm glad I did volunteer for the Stroke Survivors' Reunion today. When you work in pre-clinical research, you don't usually get to meet with the patients who have been helped by new therapies.

Today we celebrated ten years since the first stroke patient in Calgary was treated with tissue plasminogen activator (clot buster). For a decade it was the only therapy available with which to treat stroke. And only a small percentage of patients were eligible for this therapy. Now there are also new treatments available for hemorrhagic, in addition to ischemic, stroke. By the time I have a stroke, I hope there are lots more.

And people really seemed to appreciate the effort to recognise their struggles and the chance to tell their stories. It really helped to put the work I do into perspective.

But I really could have lived without the overly-long performance by the relentlessly cheerful, to the point of annoying, Sweet Adelaides choir, though. I know the old folks often like that kind of music, but it gave me a tooth-ache.

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13 comments:

~Jen~ said...

hahaha i will need clot buster in a few years! YAY 4 CLOT BUSTER!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'll make sure I put some aside for you, Jen. I suspect I'll be dipping into it as well. Maybe we can race each other with our walkers.

Jas Bhambra said...

Those choir women were cheerful to the extent of being wierd! Good that we day dreamed thru their performances! :)

The stroke survivor reunion really did put things in perspective...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They were scary, Jas! They were like a Stepford Wives choir. They completely freaked me out.

Maureen said...

That sounds like a pretty cool way to spend an afternoon, except for the choir ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was morning, Maureen! 8:00 on a Saturday! Yikes. It was pretty cool though.

Barbara said...

Illness does put all kinds of stuff into perspective. Good you can help them and meet them too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They were a good bunch of folks, Barbara W. And we got a lot of great feedback; the recognition of their struggles seemed to mean a lot to them.

Will said...

Barbara - I'm glad you got the oppurtunity to meet those who have benefitted from your hard work. I am sure it was a rather rewarding experience.

P.S. Thanks for the kind words.

Maureen said...

8 am??? That's just mean.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was rewarding, Will. I griped about it the day before, but heck it was ONE day.

Maureen, it's a good thing I don't sleep in the summer...

Barbara said...

Did you see the segement on The National the other night all about that clot busting medication? I assume it was your medication they were talking about.
How is should be more available in all provinces to help stroke victims sooner.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well it's not OUR medication, Barbara W, but yes, the Calgary Stroke Program is us. Michael Hil, one of the physicians they talked to, is ours. Good spotting there.