Pyramid Philosophical

Sunday, June 26, 2016


The Journey of a shunter

The following is personal experience only.
It may help someone

If it does help to deal with any difficulties
and it gives support, encouragement
and hope then all will be worthwhile.

Take care and keep going

  • a long way has been travelled on this journey. There is still a long way to go
  • on this journey, I met a man with no shoes. Then I met a man with no feet
  • my journey (since 15th August 2015) has provided me with an opportunity to think about ALL this. The more I feel I understand, the less I seem to know. I do know now, however, that the brain is much more complex than it once seemed to be
  • the physical and mental parts are somehow connected though how... ???
  • So very, very subtle - even the subtlety is subtle. Nails (finger and toe) grow faster than any change, but upwards, forwards and onward is still progress. However slow, progress is still... progress.

It does not matter how slowly you go

As long as you do not stop


  • the brain remains 'aware'. Even when 'neutralised' for surgery. Only a part can be rendered 'unconscious', but the brain still... knows.
  • 'routine' (though very careful) neurosurgery is for the skilled surgeon, but for the first-time patient it is a new experience. It appears that receiving may not quite the same as giving
  • still (November - 2016) puzzle over how the 'shunt' was/is done. It is a simple idea, but very clever and skilful. Think of a beaver re-routing river flow: something blocks the free flow, so re-route around it to allow the continuance of movement.  

  • can make out the probable course of tubing under the skin. Over clavicle and through centre chest. Disappears. No pain. Clever... how?
  • unsupported walking is currently not possible, but in the future...? Walking backwards - longer less controlled steps - can cause problems. It's educational to take a staircase descent backwards! This encourages smaller (careful) steps. Also, it is beneficial to attempt sideways (crab-like) walking, too.
  • calf/ankle attention demonstrates the importance to walking. The 'bounce' from proper heel-lift takes pressure off the knees and helps stop the 'clunk/click' dynamic.
  • practice, practice and then more practice are key. Repeat your best form and always 'raise the bar' - just like any training.
  • the 'core' seems to be critical. Strengthen and use - effectively.
  • QI: the leg (limb) is farthest from the brain, but is quickest to respond to heat (hot water/topical = skin deep). Right leg was immediate. Left arm/hand slowest to respond, but never cold (blood temp?). Reynauld issues (left middle left ring-finger) - seems to have gone. Micro-tremor in right arm - gone. Immediate! Associate discomfort with returning sensation - left arm/hand last to (gradually) respond. Discomfort on usage - middle finger and thumb appear physically connected (both to forearm). Issues are right-sided, but any returned sensitivity is at least a 100% improvement
  • aching (left side) may have a spinal origin and this suggests a nerve-based issue. It's similar with left arm/hand (neck region). It's interesting to speculate whether a lower back pain is caused by compromised walking or poor walking is the result of one or more (sciatic?) nerves being affected
  • it's all about repetition and making neural (re-)connections. The concept of the 'mind muscle' is better described as learning again. The brain 'remembering' how to control a muscle. This also incorporates familiarity and the repetition of 'good form'
  • feedback is crucial (patient - therapist - patient) and psychology seems heavily implicated.

Good luck (and you can only make your own)

       but above all

Keep calm and carry on

Louis Brothnias


Percy "Biffo" Veir


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