There is a stroke issue I have never shared with doctors, family, or friends - urinary incontinence.
Then I came across a blog post that takes a different approach to urinary incontinence - www.eastwestrehab.org/index.php/blog/entry/addendum_to_ot_practice_article/.
The authors say "focusing on the [pelvic] floor does not take into account the floor's synergistic relationship with the adductor muscles." This got my attention because I have weak hip adductor muscles
(see arrow in diagram). The authors say "hip adductors attach to the pelvis ..... and strongly influence the urogenital muscles of the pelvic floor." They suggest strengthening the adductor muscles by squeezing a ball between bent knees while lying on your back.
Bottom Line: I started doing the ball exercise and discovered 2 things. The window I have to find a toilet has increased from 5 to 10 minutes.
If I feel the urine start to flow I can stop it long enough to get to the toilet by picturing myself squeezing the ball between my knees.
I'm amazed by my ability to regain another skill 11 years after my stroke.