Episode notes: Today Ruth continues and finishes her talk about rehab options that we all have before us and what we choose to do. If you listen to nothing else... listen to this!
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 were she offers help to stroke survivors and caregivers.
Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast... last Friday I spoke to and recorded an interview about exercise at home and I was re-reminded of the fact that “we own it” or are responsible for our choices, decisions, and directions in life. We are not a result of others actions unless we allow it. This became so evident to me when we started recording the exercise videos... I am seriously overweight and it is very evident on the videos. It no longer affects my abilities and I’m slowly loosing but it reminded me of what I must do and the overall effect it has on others.
Think of the old movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart. It’s a classic and was a Christmas favorite in my home. It demonstrated the impact that one life can have on so many others. Everything we choose to do not only affects us but others as well. It’s the ripple effect of our life on others. It’s easy after a stroke to get into a funk and feel depressed and blame all of our troubles on the stroke... you know the good old...I was like this before... routine! The reality is... that after 20 years of dealing with and speaking to stroke survivors, their tendencies may be modified or more pronounced and intensely visible but not very different.
Those individuals with “anger issues” usually had issues of frustration, authority figures, or control before the stroke. They may not have been as visible to most but those who are closest, spouses, kids, siblings, or significant others were typically aware. These are individuals who are typically divorced or distant when it comes to personal relationships. Then there are the glass half empty folks who tend toward depression or blame. They like to say they live in reality... the fact is they can depress a great situation into a “good” one or a good situation into a mediocre or bad one. These are the individuals who see every obstacle even if it doesn’t exist... I often refer to them as creative worriers who can invent difficulties even when they don’t exist.
We, on the other hand, as stroke survivors need creative warriors in our camp. These are the individuals who don’t take no for an answer... allow you to vent but don’t pamper you and follow up on that venting with... so what are “we” going to do about it! They are not the sort of individual who will leave you on the battlefield of life. They will, assist, help, encourage, and quite frankly kick your butt. Everyone needs this type of individual in their life... they are leaders and inspirers!
Now I’ll be the first to state the obvious and mention that not everyone marries this sort of individual (the butt kicker) but most of us know one. And some stroke survivors were this type of individual (a butt kicker) prior to the stroke and need them in their life now. These butt kickers may not always be the most comfortable individuals to be around but I guarantee they will be the most insightful and honest. Now I am blessed to have a butt kicker as a best friend and although I don’t always like what she says.... she is always honest and challenges me to be my best.
So back to the weight issue... she has never pressured me (not her style) but always speaks the truth and diligently reminds me of consequences of actions I might be considering. You see we all have options in the decisions we make but along with those options there are consequences that are a direct result of our choices. They not only affect us.... they impact other!
I made a choice that when it came to shooting video for our Do-app that even if I struggled with my weight, I felt it was necessary for stroke survivors to see another stroke survivor overcoming and succeeding in doing these exercises. I don’t want anyone to have wiggle room to say I can’t. More importantly you will be able to see first hand my weight loss as I exercise control and healing in that area of my life over the next year. It does no good for us to shoot video of a non stroke survivor doing rehab exercises.... First it’s not believable and second it’s too easy for them, and finally... it’s just not real. I don’t ask anything of anybody else that I’m not willing to do. Is it easy... no... but it is simple. I will also have a special area on the Do-app that will demonstrate machine exercises and utilization of a “bo-flex”. Agin I only do what I ask others to do... and I’m patient... different exercises come slow but I have always believed and insisted...”use it or loose it...”. If you lack the ability now build it up with slow and repetitive work... don’t overdo... take your time and be consistent.
Well it’s that time...Thanks so much for joining me as we learned more about being determined to insure success in our rehab....... join us tomorrow as we learn more our bodies. Remember to visit the stroke.global web site often and give us feedback!... I also hope you’ll join us tomorrow! As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing 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 to continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
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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... I look forward to learning more with you tomorrow... as we continue our adventure ...