Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast.... you know it is interesting that things that doctors cannot explain are placed under the “anecdotal” umbrella or that of a “placebo effect”. Rather than believing that the body and the mind can work together to heal... it is much easier to medicate and do surgery. Don’t get me wrong and rush to the conclusion that I believe in no surgery or medication. As someone who spent years in medicine I think just the opposite.
But I also worked in the surgical industry where the message was clearly...”If in doubt cut it out!” I saw first hand that a surgeon will almost always have a surgical solution... after all if he doesn’t cut, he doesn’t get paid. When it comes to stroke only 13% to 15% are hemorrhagic and only a small percentage can have surgical intervention to stop a bleed. For those that are ischemic (85%) only those with high degrees of blockages in certain areas are deemed acceptable surgical risks. I think it’s important that you understand those three words, “acceptable surgical risk” because they mean everything in the medical arena... first understand that all treatment is risky... meaning it may not be successful... or result in the outcome you want.
Keep in mind our bodies are highly tuned, functioning, living organisms. We treat them, often times, rather poorly... or don’t think a lot about them until we suffer a disease process that the body does not fend off well by itself. And in stating that it is often something that our own lifestyle has brought about. We live in a country where the culture is integrated and fast... the digital world of today is amazing and offers so much in the form of access to information. The key comes down to this... what is true... what is accurate... what is taught... what is believed. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but those 4 things are not the same. Accuracy and statistics can be and are massaged and manipulated to say or reflect what the user of that data wants to convey. What is taught is highly subjective, if you doubt me go to the library and look at a 1950’s high school history book and a current history book.... you’ll find it too has been dramatically altered...
So what about health? More importantly... what about our health... what is true... what is taught and most importantly what do we believe. Well for those that have been told... 6 weeks to 6 months is all you have to get things back after a stroke... don’t believe it!
We have been told that we should equate health insurance with health care... nothing could be further from the truth... now that we have suffered a stroke many people are worried about “pre-existing” conditions. Are we or aren’t we covered... the truth or reality is this.... the only things you can believe or count on are death and taxes! Well thats cynical you might say... no it’s realistic.
Remember I not only suffered and survived multiple strokes, I worked in medicine for 20 years and now with stroke survivors for another 20. I have knowledge and experience. I’ll take on anyone to discuss topics and learn. I’m thrilled to expand my knowledge and I’m not afraid to say the words...”I don’t know”. One of the first things that we have to come to grips with after surviving a stroke is our response and responsibility. Almost everyone will battle with feelings and grief over who we were... and it’s amazing that often after the stroke... the individual we were takes on an almost “angelic aura” we need to remember we weren’t always that great... but our body functioned... and we had control over it!
So how do we get ahead... how do we make progress?
I said earlier that one of the first things that we have to come to grips with our response to the stroke and our responsibility to ourselves and our loved ones. It’s easy during this time post stroke to get very selfish and self centered and push out the needs of others as secondary after our own... yes it is important to begin to heal but we must never forget the responsibilities we have for others. When I had my stroke I didn’t stop being a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, or church and community member... no... I just added stroke survivor to my list of individual accomplishments and responsibilities.
Now my abilities changed how I was able to respond to the specifics of my duties and I had to change or modify certain things... but my area of influence actually expanded.
Let me explain it this way. Have you ever been in a long checkout line only to reach the front and the price on one of your objects you wanted to purchase was missing? You have two options... 1 set the object aside and just don’t purchase it... or 2 allow the cashier to hold up the line while they get a price checked. The old me would have wanted to move on.... give up the object and just leave without making an issue of it. The new me, however, will smile and tell the checker I’m here as her educational opportunity as she calls in the object... the entire waiting line laughs as I finally make my purchase and thank them for their patience and participation in the event.
You see I no longer am afraid to be different or called out, I feel blessed to be here able to help! You’ve been given a gift of survival and what you make of it is up to you. You can choose to be angry, depressed, and bitter... or be happy, honored and available... if you have survived a stroke you have the ability to look outside of yourself and give to others.... sometimes something as simple as a smile or a thank you!
I’m in China 9 months each year and my Chinese is very limited ... one day I saw the gardener outside my apartment building diligently pulling small weeds in an otherwise meticulously kept garden. I paused and he noticed me (trust me when I say I stand out here in China!) and smiled... I smiled back and said in my best Chinese... it is beautiful...thank you so much... I love to see it everyday! He beamed from ear to ear... I hadn’t said much but I stopped to say it. Most people don’t realize the power they have to encourage others by sharing sincere compliments or a simple thank you. Use your hidden power everyday. That power has a dual effect in that it conditions our heart and mind increasing healing while building up others.
Thanks for joining me and exploring how you can begin improving and using your hidden power... 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 hope you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day...
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