Episode notes: Today Ruth talks about the difference between TBI (traumatic brain injury) and stroke... how it’s treated and what can we expect.
Ruth is a stroke survivor sharing tips and advice for rehab, recovery and healthy living including nutrition, exercises, personal care, healing and maintaining a grateful attitude. She can be found online at http://stroke.global or onlineRehabilitation.org were she offers help to stroke survivors and caregivers.
Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast...you know when I considered today’s podcast I had to ask myself what is it that people really need to hear. Well, I’ve decided that once a week I will speak on and address our “focus” and what we choose to focus on, think about, is the subject of our conversations, worries, chats....
I am a member to several groups on Facebook so I can effectively listen and help if possible. I monitor them all... looking, watching and listening. I feel if subjects are appropriately answered and don’t need my input then I read and make a mental note of the answer. If I don’t feel it’s been addressed well then I’ll comment.
For those that have intermittent but rare days that are bad, upsetting or negative I offer encouragement and understanding... but to those who are constantly and consistently negative I’m afraid I ignore them because they don’t help me and can negatively affect my attitude if I’m not careful. Years ago I read a book... ‘Happiness is a Choice”.
It pointed out how we get to choose if we are happy or not, how we respond to our environment... things that have then the potential to affect us, either positively or negatively. So how do you choose? What determines if you are happy? Your physical status,.. your mental status... what? Here’s a more challenging thought question, before your “event”... what affected whether or not you were happy?
You know I’ve been a mom for over 30 years now and I’ve always had to put my physical feelings and condition on hold and on the back burner to function and doing the “mom” things first. That meant no matter how I “felt” I had things that I was expected to do. Physically it was often difficult to do or accomplish things but expectations were in place and I had to choose.
Because my event (a stroke) caused extensive physical and emotional challenges it was not easy to fulfill my kids expectations. In fact they became my motivation for seeking healing and increasing function. Kids are extremely compassionate and understanding and can handle more than we think possible.
While I was seeking answers and healing I found that I was in the process of developing a new level of interaction with my kids. They, knew, saw, and understood the physical limitations but at the same time their expectations for me as a “mom” didn’t waiver. They still needed me to support them, love them, voice my approvals and discuss my disapproval’s... the only real change in expectations was in the physical arena... what I could or could not do physically.
I admit the event (stroke) changed me... but I like to think for the better. Sure I had new limitationsæ that went into effect and I was forced to alter a lot of things temporarily but my “focus” remained on others... my kids in particular. Everyday I was and am tempted to focus on self... my condition, my feelings, my shortcomings, my physical state or my challenges... but what is the advantage in that?
In reality that selfish focus only exasperates my condition. It places my mind in a negative state, which in turn promotes illness rather than healing. You have a choice to make each day... what will you choose? What will you focus on today?
Well it’s time to close for today...Thanks so much for joining me and remember to visit the stroke.global ( “onlinerehabilitation.org” ) web site often and give us your feedback! I also hope you’ll join me tomorrow...
As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing with you today.... thank you! I pray that you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day... we are on iTunes, Spreaker, & Google Play and have links on our stroke.global page... please subscribe it boosts us in the ratings and helps us rise in the ranks so we can continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
As always we want to thank our sponsor TCM Restoration for helping us by making this podcast possible. Check them out online at tcmrestoration.net
And thank you again for listening... Please feel free to share this podcast with others, offer your feedback and questions, and follow us online at our website stroke.global or on our Facebook page. Well...this is Rehab Ruthie...hoping you’ll join us tomorrow as we continue in our adventure!