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July 23, 2009

Yay for MGMT

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 12:36 pm

Hi All – Chris has had a meeting with his therapy team today. He’s getting more words back & can now stand unassisted albeit very briefly. Chris is in a good mood and his current favourite gags are pretending to be either catatonic or bursting into tears – still the attention seeker! He’s also getting quite good at drawing with his left hand.

We chatted with Chris about the MGMT show last night – their manager David said that they were still going to pay Chris the money he would have earned from the Tall Dwarfs support slot. It’s a beautiful thing that so many people have helped Chris – other people have donated to Chris’ future so a huge thanks to all from Barbara, the kids, and me.

And the iPod is back safe and sound with it’s owner!



  1.   Shawn Marie Hardy — July 23, 2009 @ 4:35 pm    

    Glad to hear that Chris is recovering and still has his sense of humor! Excellent news!

  2.   Peter King — July 23, 2009 @ 7:37 pm    

    I look at the blog first thing every morning from my work (in Scotland) & the news of steady progress has been a welcome start to many a day. Keeping fighting back, Chris!

  3.   Norma — July 24, 2009 @ 6:49 am    

    Greetings and well wishes to Chris and his family and friends.

    I am the Director of the LBChapter, Stroke Assoc of So Calif. Our organization is dedicated to the stroke survivor and their family through support and education. I new nothing about stroke until my father suffered a major stroke. I always have very mixed emotions when I hear that a ‘Celeb’ has suffered a stroke. Saddened that someone is dealing with the trauma and challenges that stroke brings – and then on a positive side, the increased awareness to Stroke that follows. [Best of Luck with the “Stroke” album. Touché! ]

    Recovery continues Long after the Therapy and Rehab concludes. Survivors I speak with have told me that they are still seeing improvements –Years- after the event. So, be patient, keep moving forward. And if I may, one important suggestion; find and be involved in a support organization that offers support for the stroke survivor –and- if available, a separate support group for the family and caregivers. If one doesn’t already exist in your area, start one, we can help. In addition to the support that you will receive you will also increase awareness to others plus encourage and bring hope as well.

    Nearly 80% of strokes are preventable. Education and Awareness are key.

    Sending Prayers and the Most Positive thoughts your way for a fast and complete recovery. If I can help in any way, please let me know. Should you plan to visit Southern California, I hope that you will look us up. (Perhaps a SoCA events tour in your future?)

    Best Wishes,
    Norma Morris
    LBC Stroke Assoc SoCA, USA

  4.   bradc — July 24, 2009 @ 3:49 pm    

    Reading this blog is such a truly heartwarming experience.
    Its so obvious how much everyone loves and cares for Chris.
    Everything from the language in the updates on his progress through to the fact that the stolen iPod was actually returned (!) shows how much regard, repect and ultimately love, people (myself included) have for Chris.

    Chris continues to be a true inspiration.

  5.   Moppie — July 24, 2009 @ 8:14 pm    

    I was very saddened to hear about Chris’s stroke, it is a creative person’s worst nightmare – losing the ablity to express yourself.

    I consider myself lucky to have meet him twice, once, last century when he played at Auckland Uni. I stopped and bought a copy of Beat from him at the end of his set. He even signed it “Ay Moppie!” in a speech bubble with a cartoon self portrait. My own personalised Chris Knox cartoon :)

    The second time I passed him some years ago while he was out walking with his partner, he was more than happy to stop and have a chat with a fan.

    I wish him all the best for his recovery, it’s good to read that he is starting to draw again (nothing wrong with using your left hand).
    Stay strong Chris!

  6.   Kathinka — July 28, 2009 @ 7:00 pm    

    Dunedin friends of Chris Knox may be interested in this study. AFAIK they are still looking for more volunteers. I have copied the first sections from the info sent out to those of us who have already offered to be in it, if we turn out to be suitable – they have to check carefully for health conditions that might skew the results or make participation risky for anyone. Anyone who feels like volunteering – and I think it is SO worth-while to do whatever we can to give the best possible recovery opportunities to people who have strokes in the future – can email ” heaja874 AT student DOT otago DOT ” with their name and contact details, put Stroke Treatment study or something like that in the subject line. The study will take place in August.

    Chris, I’d have done this anyway because I’m a research study groupie but this one I’m so thinking of you!


    A Comparison Of Stroke Treatments Study:
    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for stroke treatment

    We invite you to take part in this study to compare two different methods of treating stroke. Please read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether or not to participate. If you decide to participate we thank you. If you decide not to take part there will be no disadvantage to you of any kind and we thank you for considering our request. You may have a friend, family or whanau support for any explanation you may require. The study has been approved by the Lower South Regional Ethics Committee.

    What are the aims of the study?
    The aim of the study is to compare two different methods for stimulating the brain to improve recovery after stroke. Both methods involve “transcranial stimulation” or “TMS”, a technique where the brain is stimulated with a magnetic pulse. This is a painless and safe procedure which is used in diagnosis of neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis. It is now being used to treat neurological disease including stroke. In order to determine the exact effect that TMS has on stroke recovery we will conduct a trial of one TMS protocol.

    What types of participants are being sought?
    Participants should be 18 years or older and can be either right or left handed. They should not have a history of neurological disease and should not have epilepsy.

  7.   kent — July 29, 2009 @ 12:50 am    

    Chris, I’m very pissed off because I wrote some great words but the comment did’t go through because I called you a good c$nt. So here I am again trying to remember what I wrote. I’ve got a three month old boy, an upset woman, a work laptop (thanks to fairfax nz), a week off work, and a few Tuatara Heffe’s down my belt, and I’ve finally got the courage to say a few words. I fell on you about 10 years ago at a gig in Hamilton. My home town. Thanks to the good man Christ, I now live in Wellington, and have been for many years. I’ve proberly been to about ten of your gigs, and every one of them has been a joy. This comes from a guy into weird blues music from the 60’s. Wishing you well on your recovery mate. Cheers, kent.

  8.   Peter Thompson — August 16, 2009 @ 11:48 pm    


    This book is worth a read and may help with Chris’s recovery once you are left to your own devices (or starting now).

    I’m using some of the techniques described in this book to speed up my wifes recovery……….

    “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge

    “An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they have transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, “The Brain That Changes Itself” will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.”

    There is also a very informative site ….

    with podcasts about all aspects of brain science, however I recommend you listen to this one

    for starters.

  9.   bayrak — August 22, 2009 @ 10:44 pm    

    Thanks for sharing. Really nice site

  10.   bayraksatinal — September 18, 2009 @ 6:56 pm    

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