Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast. You know when I suffered my stroke almost 20 years ago I found myself at the mercy of others... or so I thought. I was life flighted to a hospital that was an hour and a half from my home town. I was in ICU for a week in a coma. My husband, friends, and family all were forced to wonder, wait and pray.
When I came out of the coma they discovered that I had a secondary stroke while in the coma. At that time in my life I felt like I was a basket case... missing the basket. Half of me was paralyzed and my mind was totally screwed up. I couldn’t think straight, I couldn’t talk right, couldn’t see well, and couldn’t move worth squat. It took me 30 days to convince my husband to let me come home. Ok so he still had doubts I just let the powers that be know I was leaving against medical advice and signing myself out. To be accurate I could not write and scribbled my “Mark” with my left hand. In fact the day I left I refused all medications.
Now, I in no way advise anyone to follow my lead ... but determine your own path and follow it. You have to decide together with your medical doctors advice. I listened to what others said and what I knew and had experience in... I knew what my options were and medically they were limited. My husband will tell you I was determined at best and belligerent at worst. He came out and said to my face he didn’t want me home because he was afraid he couldn’t care for me. I knew I was taking a risk and the road I chose to follow and go down was not easy. I left the hospital and came home, determined to find answers that were not obvious.
I will be open and honest and share with you that I had doubts daily. My children went to school, my husband went to work, and I stayed home. I had to deal with my own demons daily. I had to invent exercises, develop techniques for doing things and adapt. I know most will take you down through rehab that is limited and often designed to either change your goal or severely adapt it to what they think is possible.
I found out the hard way that reestablishing health is critical and I’ve discovered that it’s necessary to pursue making healthy choices and building healthy living habits to insure that you do not suffer another stroke while recovering to the fullest. I knew the body was designed to heal if it is provided with the appropriate materials. So... I determined to do just that... Unfortunately we are not always properly taught or aware of the things that we must do to obtain and provide those materials.
Many of us who are a little older harken back and remember our parents era where food was grown or raised and fresh was guaranteed. Over the years we’ve seen cities have expanded, refrigeration developed and was utilized, freezing became attractive, and packaging and buying became the norm ...
Now we have to look for organic or non GMO foods... fresh over frozen... so many things are marketed to us and so many claims are made. I get it! I’m from Iowa... an agricultural state... we grow food... we farm in our family. But I also understand how so much has changed and not always for the best. We are challenged everyday on what to put into our bodies in order to keep them operating at peak performance. How we treat it (our body), care for it, and use it.
When I suffered my stroke and lived,... I realized that my ticket had been purchased for the hereafter but my flight had not yet been called. In other words I was blessed to get a warning shot... a wake up call as it were. Most people are not aware of their own mortality unless they have an experience that either places them in the cross hairs or a family member or close friend who is affected. Over the years I have lost parents, family members, siblings, friends, and acquaintances but until I had to come face to face with my own mortality I dodged the proverbial bullet. Since that event I have determined to do several things:
You have to realize I didn’t have social media or Facebook when I suffered my stroke... I didn’t even have a local support group. I had to learn things the hard way... I became a stroke advocate at the stroke association, established a local support group, became the first American to travel to get TCM in China for stroke.
We often set the bar too low... just do enough to get by or accept what others think or say are our limitations. You know... just be content... well don’t be... don’t buy in to others ideas or limitations that they set...the sky is the limit. Push, stretch, change and grow! I look at my children now... my sons are over 6 feet tall... and I remember when I brought them home... they were so small, so helpless, so innocent... but over the years I’ve helped them develop and grow... expand their horizons.... just like you...
You have to expect great things to come from tragedy... I’m walking and talking proof! Well that’s all our time today... thanks for joining me and learning how you can expect more... visit the stroke.global web site often and give us feedback!... I also hope you’ll join us next week! As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing today.... thank you! I hope you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day...
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