Thursday, February 22, 2007

Hot stock tip of the day

In about 10 years the incidence of stroke is going to rise phenomenally, despite stroke prevention strategies, just due to the aging of the population. Stroke rehabilitation is going to be huge, especially once the government realizes that it costs far more to have longer lengths of stay in a stroke unit or, even worse, in a conventional unit, than it does to have early and aggressive occupational, physical and language/speech therapy.

Therapy is cheap compared to hospital stays and studies now confirm that the post-stroke time window for brain repair is optimal for therapeutic intervention at about 5 days post stroke. Do you know how long most people currently wait to get into therapy after stroke? Try a month or more.

So if you are looking for a hot career to invest in, try stroke rehabilitation/therapeutics. And once stem cell technology kicks in, hopefully around the same time, it’s going to be a perfect storm of health care reform. And no, I am not a rehab therapist. Nor do I own stocks in any therapy programs, although perhaps I should look into that. But I did sit through a really insightful seminar at work today.

Yesterday I survived my annual physical examination, and I must say that my physician has been working on his bedside manner in the past year. He didn’t even yell at me for being fat, even though I gained weight this year. Apparently morphing into peri-menopause is an excellent excuse for us fatties.

I still don’t like having a boy doctor though, especially while being violated in the stirrups. Somehow with a girl doctor, you can make jokes about them keeping the speculum in the fridge and such, but with a boy doctor, you just want to close your eyes and think of England.

So when’s your next appointment with the speculum or with the finger?


Toccata said...

E Gads to the physical. I usually just close my eyes and wish I could fly as in away. Hey, have yourselves a great party this weekend.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Me too, Toccata. And of course, after the physical, you get to go for the mammogram. Life is just too much fun sometimes.

But thanks, I'm really looking forward to this party.

Berni said...

I called for my physical last month and my appointmentisn't til Sept. 19 (2007 thank goodness).And we have 6 doctors in our small town!! I will be raising a glass Saturday evening in honour of your big event, Barb. Have a blast!

mellowlee said...

Ok, Im having a stroke just thinking about my yearly checkup Yech!

Karen said...

I've been getting the hint from my doc each time I've gone in their for my BP in the past few months. I don't think I'm going to be able to avoid it much longer... I usually just count the holes in the ceiling tiles.

Bubs said...

I am so glad there's no imaging device that requires squashing my scrotum between two cold metal plates. You have my sympathy with the mammogram thing.

My employer usually has the physicals scheduled by now; for some reason they're running late this year, but I'm probably no more than a couple months away from that cold probing finger...ugh.

Dale said...

What a sexy sexy post Barbara! First of all, I know a little about stroking. Oh wait, I'm going to reread the post. The fickle finger of fate draws ever closer. Pucker up!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

One could be seriously dead by then, Berni, that's insane. I will raise a glass to you as well on Saturday evening. Mind you, you will likely be strolling through the warm surf, while I will be trying to make sure nobody slips on the icy sidewalk. But it should be lots of fun.

It's right up there with bathing suit shopping, isn't it, Mel? Both involved nudity, humiliation and brutal reality.

Actually counting the holes in the ceiling tiles is a good strategy, Karen. Anything to divert your attention from the nether regions.

I've actually been pretty lucky and have been getting crackerjack radiology technicians, Bubs, who are able to accomplish what's needed with the minimum of manipulation. There is no getting away from the compression though.
Does you physician make sure that his/her finger is nice and frosty? Because that would be mean.

What can I say, Dale, I know how to turn people on. It's a gift.
Aren't you glad I reminded you about the impending prostate exam? I know you wouldn't want to miss it.

justacoolcat said...

My dad wants to retire next year, but he's thinking about opening a Rascal sales and repair shop.

Lots of people will get rich off of all those geezers before they kick it.

vwbuglover said...

Yea, annual physicals examinations can be extremely stressful, but it is a only way to get some baseline medical data. After a while you get use to them. I remember my first physical and that "probing finger". Not knowing exactly what was happening at the time,... I nearly snapped my doctors "probing finger" as I flip over. Man if you are going to stick your finger up my ass please tell me first. Talking about lack of bed side manners.
Hey have a great party and remember "beer nach wine lasse seine". Or something like that.

Deb said...

next Thursday. And maybe I'll just die first...easier.

Mom had a stroke and her therapy started nearly 3 months after...too little too late I'm afraid. She was paralyzed on her left side at 51 years old. They're making progress but it's still a very scary thing.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I want to retire next year, too, JustA, but sadly that's not going to happen. I had to google Rascal - they're wheelchairs! That's so great - your dad is a genius.

"Beer nach wine loss dass seine; wine nach beer dass rat ich dir" is great advice for parties, Bruno, but I think I'll still to wine only.
That would have been hilarious if you had snapped your doc's finger off! I would have paid good money to see that. No, actually, I wouldn't have.

Good luck with the poking and probing, Deb.
I'm sad for your mom that she missed out on opportunities for rehab. My dad was also debilatated by a stroke and living in a smaller centre, there unfortunately are no stroke centres where he would have had immediate care. Mind you stroke centres are relatively new, as is the realisation that stroke must be treated acutely (like a heart attack) to make a difference.

Anonymous said...

had mine last month, i have a female doc...she's small with small fingers...phewwww....that prostate thing is so rude

worst part...i go to the gym, i eat cholesterol is up...not medication up yet...but crap that pisses me off..