September 10, 2020
As we grow older our muscles and the neurons that drive them, become damaged and we must be very careful that we don't overuse or misuse them.
The Polio virus damaged almost 98% of every Polio Survivor's motor neurons. If only up to 48% of the neuron was damaged then there would be very little, or no noticeable effect on the muscle.
However, as the level of damage increases, so the effect also increases with disabilities, until at 100% the muscle is paralyzed.
September 8, 2020
My Life with Polio and Post-Polio Syndrome began with a simple flu like symptom and then total paralysis in 1953
August 15, 2020
Many survivors of the Polio pandemic of the 1940s and 50s have stated that they have faced some moments of PTSD when looking at, hearing, or experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus. There are so many similarities to the Polio experience and the subsequent Post-Polio Syndrome, that it is difficult not to experience some of these PTSD moments. Please excuse the computer generated voice over. My PPS includes difficulty in swallowing and talking.........
June 20, 2020
Post-Polio Sequelae is a general name given to a number of terms describing the many symptoms that Polio Survivors are facing some 35 years after the initial Polio Virus attack.
These terms include, PPS, Post-Polio Syndrome, and The Late Effects of Poliomyelitis.
This episode talks through the many symptoms and helps to answer many of the questions that Polio Survivors and their families and friends are asking.
Please accept my apologies for the state of my voice which, because the virus damaged the motor neurons within my throat, and a career in lecturing, is now becoming more and more hoarse.
June 18, 2020
I am going to produce a series of podcasts describing how together we can relieve the symptoms of Post-Polio Syndrome. PPS is not inevitable and is simply the result of overuse, and/or misuse of your muscles and the motor neurons that control them.
We were all told when leaving hospital to follow the mantra 'Use it or lose it', when we should have been told to 'Conserve to Preserve'.