Elsie Pruett #strokeart2014

Age 80. Elsie had her stroke when she was a teenaged and has since had trouble walking and with dexterity. Elsie was not involved with art prior to her stroke and joined in art groups with friends post stroke. This piece was created as a birthday gift for a friend. Each piece took Elsie about 6 months to complete and her friend (June) wanted to show this piece to celebrate her achievements. When asked what art means to Elsie, she simply replied ‘Everything’
Elsie Pruett #strokeart2014 Reviewed by Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins on Monday, September 01, 2014 Rating: 5


  1. I wish you would address the real major problems in stroke rather than dancing around all the problems.
    1. There is no fast, easy and objective way to diagnose a stroke. Maybe when the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize is available. A number of friends have waited hours in ERs until stroke symptoms have visibly manifested themselves.
    2. Only 10% get to almost full recovery.
    3. 12% tPA efficacy
    4. Nothing being done to stop the neuronal cascade of death during the first week.
    5. No one knows how to cure spasticity.
    6. No one knows how to cure fatigue.
    7. No one has a plan to prevent survivors 33% chance of getting dementia post-stroke.
    8. No stroke protocol to address cognitive decline post-stroke

  2. Dear oc1dean my email address for the journal is carmenl@unimelb.edu.au please contact me directly. I am very interested in your suggestions. There will, however never be a fast and easy way to diagnose stroke as stroke and it's presentation is so individual. Thank you for your comments on the blog. ED response to stroke is disappointing and many researchers despair at the slow implementation of important windows for treatment, this is a message that is constant. Stroke is a terrifying condition and treatment is so important. There is a lot of work done with spasticity. Australian OT Leanne Carey does some incredible work in spasticity and sensory fine motor. I know that the paucity of stroke research is frustrating, however this is mainly a funding issue. I suspect you are busy lobbying governments for funding monies for stroke because this is the most serious pathway to these important outcomes. It is difficult to get industry funding for rehabilitation, but I know many researchers working hard on all aspects of stroke research, and am especially excited by potential neuroplasticity advances and feel this is an excellent future pathway for survivors.


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