Welcome back to the “Healthy Life” podcast. I recently saw a question posted online that gave me cause to pause. It was sincerely asked and I felt my heart sink because it reaffirmed to me how poorly the professionals are educating or possibly understanding stroke. Quite simply Strokes results from a lack of oxygen to a portion of the brain. There are a number of causes for the stroke, everything from blood clots, to bleeds, accidents, dissections, aneurism, cluster of blood vessels that leak... any number of things can cause it.
After we have survived a stroke there are several things that take medical professionals see as taking precedence immediately following the event. First they do what is necessary to assure a secondary stroke does not occur. Second stabilize the patient.
Now I’m going to open up another thing for you to think about... how is our body designed to handle illness or injury? Our body was developed to wall off injury and immediately begin a healing process. If I cut your skin your body immediately goes into “healing” mode, it walls off the injured area and begins to repair the body. When we encounter a virus our body in a similar fashion attacks it.
Illness or disease occurs when the scales are tipped and the balance shifts in favor of either a massive injury, or a virus and not the body. Why is it that people tend to get sick when they are stressed or tired? Further Question... why do you think that following a stroke you as a survivor are exhausted?
When the body is stressed or tired it does not respond well to invaders of the body systems... so too when the body is overwhelmed by an event it takes time to heal...
Think of a toilet (I know you feel like crap anyway so this analogy is quite appropriate) when it is flushed it takes time to refill or recharge the tank so it can be used again. If you immediately try to flush the toilet again.... it won’t work. So too, after we suffer and survive a stroke it takes time to build up the necessary energy for proper healing to occur. I shared before and I’ll say it again here but as a medical professional I told people that it would take a minimum of one month to recuperate for every day or partial day they spent in the hospital and for serious injuries or diseases almost 2 months per day.
You also need to remember our “western” style and thinking of medicine... everything is broken down, thought of as organs and systems that apparently seem to operate on their own. We have specialists, neurologists, cardiologists, urologists, internists, physiologists, and so on... and so on! They are specialized and sometimes I feel they are almost too specialized. When considering healing we need to utilize all the power that we possess and there are things we overlook than can be of great benefit.
Let’s consider “rest” for example. I had to learn the hard way that their are several types of rest and we do not do a very good job of practicing and utilizing the power that we have in rest. You see rest is not just a physical condition of a body, you know... when we sleep... it’s also a condition of the mind!
In fact most people are not skilled in rest and relaxation techniques. Example... when I used to work ask a first assistant to a surgeon I could find myself “scrubbed in” is surgery, needing to respect a surgically sterile field and work with only small movements for up to 8 - 10 hours at a time. I had to get good and exercising and resting my physical body while remaining extremely alert mentally. A real trick but it can be done. But as good as I was in that I had to learn an entire new way of resting and therefore healing my mind. We need to be very careful to advocate on behalf of our own bodies. They are designed to heal! We are awesome and complicated creations. Too often we allow drugs and poor choices to interfere with healing. It’s an ongoing process of balance and harmony. A song when played correctly is pleasing, relaxing and energizing. But one wrong note is uncomfortable and can even be painful. Our bodies too, need to be played and utilized correctly. Trust me there is always hope and healing if you know where to look.
Well unfortunately that’s all the time we have for today ... I’m so glad to talk about healing the brain and we’ll continue in this vein tomorrow ... thanks for joining me today and look forward to sharing with you as we pick up here tomorrow, ...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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