Due to the polio vaccine, the United States has been polio free since 1979, according to CDC. But there is…
Due to the polio vaccine, the United States has been polio free since 1979, according to CDC.
But there is no cure or vaccine for AFM and healthcare practitioners have got to find out the best ways to care for these children.
Some have harked back to the poli tide to help their patients. Melissa Murray, a Oregon physiotherapist, shed old medical journal articles about polio to find out what exercises would give her the patient, Bailey Sheehan, diagnosed with AFM 2014 at 7 years of age. Her entire right side was paralyzed.  “I was unsure and a little nervous because I wanted to help, but it was such an unknown territory,” Murray said. “I never thought I’d go back in time to read about polio.”
Bailey, now 11, has a frequent headache and is weak in her right arm, but she can go – something her mother’s credit for Murray’s historical research. “Melissa and her resourcefulness – I think it’s 100 percent why Bailey goes again,” said Mikell Sheehan.
back in time to receive medical wisdom from a prior illness such as Murray and others has done with AFM, is “extraordinary”, according to David Oshinsky, professor of history at New York University and author of “Polio: An American Story,” who won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2006.
“To me, it’s amazing . I have never seen such a connection, he said.
When Olivera brought her son to the meeting with post-political members support group at the Thousand Oaks community center, she first thought she might have made a mistake. These people were more than half a century older than her son – can they really help?
Then she saw one of the polio survivors sitting in a motorized wheelchair, picking up the leg by grabbing the skin on the upper part of the thigh, just as you might pick a puppy at the neck’s screw.
It was a very specific move known to Olivera because it was how Lucian was moving too.
She knew she was in the right place.
So, polio survived.
“Seeing that the boy retrieved memories for us. It was like déjà vu,” said Sherrill Boyd, 79, who went to polio when she was 9.
The survivor’s council came almost immediately, part of it an accident. When Lucian grabbed his thigh and put his leg on a table, Olivera, who went to the label school as a girl, winced. Polio survivors laughed.
“They said,” He stretches the leg. We’ll do it too! It is good! “” Olivera remembers. “So now I say – break all label rules!”
When Norma Puch looked at Lucian and heard her story, she was reminded of her own story. Both she and Lucian got sick when they were very young – Puch was 18 months old and Lucian was 11 months old. Like Lucian, she carries a jaw on her left leg from ankle to hip.
When he saw her, she remembered a painful event when she was a young woman working as a receptionist at a Los Angeles construction company. One day she went out and took a break. She was wearing a classic 70s dress.
“Hello, cover that thing,” shouted one by one.