Welcome back to the “Healthy Life” podcast. Yesterday I spoke about
pain and inferred a lot about data. The comment made was that the brain must receive the transfer of sensations, or the physical awareness of pain; as well as perception, the subjective interpretation of the discomfort.... boy that implies a lot. What if the brain cannot receive that information? Or... what if that information is transferred but interpreted wrongly?
Think about it... one minute you have no problem telling your left hand to itch your right cheek and in seconds ...an event occurred where your brain is not even aware there is a left arm, let alone a left hand and you have no idea how to tell it that your right cheek itches. But your right cheek still itches!
In many respects I am going to have you stop and learn some basic things... how Information travels from one part of the body to another. In western medicine it is taught that we have systems of which there are many... one is circulatory... another is the nervous system. We will use these two in our discussion. When we experience a stroke... an interruption in oxygen to a portion of the brain occurs. There could be any number of reasons for this to occur but the damage has happened and healing is what need to be dealt with.
As a nurse, paramedic, and clinic manager I can tell you that in western medicine we focus on stopping the stroke if we can and preventing the next one from occurring. This differs ever so slightly in eastern medicine in that while those things are being done they focus immediately on maintaining the lines of communication within the body!
This little change in focus is huge and the results are awesome. You know I was told by my son as he worked on his doctorate that the brain writes over sections that are not used within days of the stroke. That is where the rubber meets the road. In western medicine rehabilitation is secondary and the afterthought. In eastern medicine it is a primary focus and immediately implemented.
I know it was obvious to me that my affected side needed massive stimulation to maintain connections and yet that wasn’t offered as a choice. In fact when I asked and suggested it and that I would bring in my own person it was rebuffed and I was told it wasn’t allowed and would interrupt my therapy... even if something was done in my free time. I knew then because of my own training and now my personal experience as a stroke survivor that my affected side needed stimulation. As a result I obtained a dry luffa sponge and had my family members help me as I used it to gently rub and stimulate my entire affected side from head to toe 2-3 times daily.
Although I had no physical feeling on my right side for close to 3 years I did this and maintained the action of stimulation religiously. As a result after three years when I finally went to China for treatment both my feeling, vision, cognitive function, and movement returned within the next 12 months. They worked diligently to heal my body over a three month period.
I’m so thankful I never gave up and I know what I have learned can help others as well. I understand what it means to not only lack the ability to communicate with my affected limbs but I felt out of sight... out of mind. The exciting thing is it can return and we do have hope. It was critical to heal and reestablish the data connections... those pathways that allowed my brain to communicate correctly with my body. I have seen thousands treated and regain things they thought were lost... so never give up hope.
Well unfortunately that’s all the time we have for today ... I’m so glad we got to learn about healing and data transfer... thanks for joining me today and I look forward to sharing with you next week, ...please feel free to leave me a message at stroke.global or on Facebook @stroke.global, I enjoy seeing them all.
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