Peter Wierenga (Polio SA’s Treasurer) and Brett Howard (Polio SA’s President) participated in the “Walk With Me” event in Canberra on Thursday 30th November 2017. So far we’ve raised almost five hundred dollars, and it still not too late to support us!Read more
Inside this edition
Swelling Issues and Polio
Survivors: why we need to take it seriously.
Polio Survivor Story by Trevor Jessop
How to exercise if you are living with post-polio syndrome
If you have post-polio syndrome, it’s vital to exercise moderately every second day to keep the muscles we have and avoid obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Exercise also helps us accomplish more of those activities of daily living and can improve how we feel.Read more
I was born in Victor Harbour in 1946 and when Polio came to visit me around 1950 I was probably 4 years old, too young to understand what was happening to me but definitely too young to remember much about it later. My family were living in Port Elliott at the time and I was the second in a line of four boys, luckily the only one infected by the polio virus.Read more
Question: Dr. DeMayo – My right leg has always been very thin. It’s now terribly swollen from the knee down, and feels extremely heavy (I’m having trouble transferring into the shower). The doctor did an ultra sound to rule out blood clots. It was negative. I’ve been using a power chair for 18 years. What should I do?Read more
Polio SA President, Brett Howard shares with you his story of PolioRead more
I contracted the Paralytic Polio at the age of 9 and I led a fairly regular sort of existence once I got back into mainstream after being in hospital and enjoyed pretty decent health. By the time I was in my 40s started to experience difficulties which resulted in depression – stemmed from frustration not being able to do what you think you should be able to do.Read more
A passage in Philip Roth’s novel Nemesis describes the horror of catching polio in the US town of Newark in 1944, when outbreaks of the disease were common and each summer was spent in fear of infection.
“Finally the cataclysm began – the monstrous headache, the enfeebling exhaustion, the severe nausea, the raging fever, the unbearable muscle ache, followed in another forty-eight hours by the paralysis”, it says.Read more
What are you doing to keep your body, mind and spirit healthy? Polio Australia’s upcoming Health and Wellness Retreat will allow you to zone out of your everyday and zone in to your body, mind and spirit with your fellow polio survivors and the wider post-polio community.Read more
In April, Dr Nigel Quadros and his associate Dr Kandiah Umapathysivam (Sivam) held an information session with Polio SA members about their proposed research on improving the lives of people who experience sarcopenia (the loss of muscle mass and strength due to ageing) as a result of an earlier polio infection.Read more