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Thanks guys, for the feedback.As you might guess I've been swotting ( izzat proper brit speak?) this stuff up like a champ. The problem is that most of the literature is about Rhesus monkeys. Possibly relevant to Arkansans, but I'm a native born Californian -- ever since Grandpa escaped from Fifeshire.As to PT. I mistakenly thought it would be adequate to not buy health insurance because I was a service connected disabled veteran for high blood pressure.The local VA Physical therapist was of the opinion that three PT sessions and then "go join a gym." was adequate therapy for a left hemiparesis.I was forced ultimately to go and complain to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (In effect, I beat them severely about the head and shoulders) before sweet reason prevailed.... Long, story short.. my med-surg nursing days are over, but I'm looking into becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator to help keep off dull times. Meanwhile slow, slow but steady progress..... but sometimes I wonder if the progress will stop ..and I wake up wanting to scream.(As I write this there is a ginormously fat guy sitting at an outside table smoking a pipe....Why, me?!)In short, the word "plateau" or "permanent and stationary" should never be accepted by any stroke patient at any time. There are lots of people who will expect you to go sit in front of the TV and watch the Discovery channel until the undertaker comes for you.Our natural business is to get out of that damned chair (any which way we can) and be about our lawful occasions.Banzai!