Episode notes: Today Ruth talks about the challenges she has seen in medicine, treatment and as a stroke survivor herself.
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... ok I’m just going to say it.... never say never... don’t allow yourself to buy in to others ideas of what you can accomplish or not. You set your own goals... you determine your own future. Don’t let someone in a white coat tell you what your future looks like. They don’t know! Something I learned years ago is this... often get caught up asking ourselves the wrong questions and as a result, setting ourselves up for failure. I learned as a mom to always give my kids 3 choices...
Why? To steer them in the direction of learning how to make good choices. So too when it comes to our lives and how the stroke has affected you... you need to learn how to make good, smart, motivating choices and set proper expectations. It is not unrealistic to desire and expect to heal and get e everything back. But I know we are often told to “be content”, allow your physical self to limit your thinking. Hogwash! We need to be open.... seeking our greatest potentials! The key to healing and yes... to living is being realistic in timelines and immediate expectations. Here I will give you a powerful statement “believing is seeing”. We need to exercise faith and an optimistic attitude. Too often we allow our future to be dictated by what we see rather than what we believe.
Now don’t confuse optimism with an outward smile that has to be pasted on our face all the time... but optimism is that positive confidence, faith, and trust that exerts control and direction in our future! A few years ago I started working with a paraplegic and I asked him what he wanted... what his expectations were. In typical fashion he smiled and said he love to wake up and walk! Because his injury was from a compression and he had minimal movement I knew that in time with the appropriate tools... he would walk again. It took 3 months but we got him upright, out of his wheelchair with assistance, shifting his feet forward, and taking steps with assist. Then we was supported in a cage that surrounded him and was mounted on wheels. By the end of our session he was well on his way to walking and I saw him 6 months later with leg braces and walking with a walker!
Exciting? You bet! And more than he thought realistically possible. The key... never say never! Set your goals high but allow things to be accomplished in a step by step manner. Healing first... restoration second. I was floored when I came to China and was kept in my room, prevented from a gym environment for 1 month! The effect... healing! Who’d thought after 3 years it was even possible. Now their 90 day program is not quite as dramatic but the paces you go through are much slower, healing in nature, and produce positive results at a much faster rate.
Too often we push and are then disappointed at little to no results. After all it was just prior to the stroke when all was fine and we functioned just fine. Well guess what... in that moment, that instant... we were changed... dramatically! If we don’t reset our bodies and minds now... in ways we never thought necessary we will not only be depressed and discouraged.... we will fail! We have the opportunity today to put the past in the past and map a new course. The sky is the limit? No we need to reach for the stars! We need to believe and act accordingly. Plan and pray, do... not just dream, sure... pause and prepare but then act!
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! Because you control your future... you determine what you’ll do and where you’ll go. I also hope you’ll find time to join join me tomorrow... we all need a dose of “I can!”·
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.
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