Welcome back to the “Healthy Life” podcast. I wanted to start today by explaining why the podcast is entitled “healthy life” if it indeed focuses on stroke. It’s easy to skip over health and go directly to talking about our stroke but let’s take a step back and realize that now that we have been affected by a stroke (disease) we need to understand what we were and want to get back to being! I know many will hear all the verbal cliches and most of us have heard them all so what I’m about to say may be a first for you.
You can get many things back that once were considered lost forever. In other words you can recapture health and your body. When we suffer a stroke the episode, regardless of the cause, causes portions of the body to be starved of oxygen and communication connections, impeded, slowed, or lost. This is why maintaining circulation and cellular communication is paramount. Much like a road that is washed out in a flood and has to be reconstructed so too you can reconstruct data pathways as well. So never say never. We can regain our health!
Today let’s focus on energy, it’s use, it’s origin, how stroke impacts it and how we get it back. Having energy to function is one of those things that we don’t think about or focus on until it’s not there. Think about it, a car won’t run without gas, your cell phone... if not charged fully will not last long... so what about us? How should we energize or fuel our bodies. Too often we do not realize or acknowledge the affect that a stroke has on the overall bodies functionality. When I worked at a hospital I would advise patients that it would take about 30 recoup days per hospital days (1::30) a ratio that if used shows most stroke survivors take years to get back. But there are things we must take into consideration. things like eating amounts and foods, medications, night time sleep, naps, and activity level.
Each of those things i mentioned will impact our energy level. I spoke to my son recently about his 6 month old... who doesn’t want to nap. He’s not worn out and not active enough to need sleep or a nap... my son begs to differ and thinks if he is tired his son should be tired as well.
After or stroke most of us feel like a wet rag... we’re always exhausted. I felt I needed a nap to give me enough energy to get up and go to bed. I forgot that I had survived a horrific event and needed to give myself periodic planned time to recharge my battery. Now most people complain that they can’t keep up with me. I’ve learned the trick of pacing and scheduling, planning and delegating. I keep a close eye on my overall health and mental attitude and take immediate action if either is effected.
Our emotional and mental outlook and health are critical. In fact if we have an emotional episode it’s the same as running a marathon. We might have noticed some things before but after a stroke the link is obvious. I don’t think I fully appreciated this until a morning that I headed to rehab (this is when I was still in the hospital) and my nurse had dressed me in new sweat pants my husband brought to the hospital. Well I was wheeled to rehab and when it was my turn, my wheelchair was brought forward and locked into place. The tech leaned forward as I attempted to stand. Well as I stood up my sweat pants fell down! How humiliating! Thank God another tech saw, ran over and pulled up my pants... and with that the first tech said... ok we’re done for today. He knew all too well that connection and that anything physical was going to have to wait.
Now that was a severe example but our emotions and our mindset are integrally connected. I will also mention now that we are also connected to weather and barometric pressure. When it is raining on the outside you’ll often have a tendency to feel sad or depressed. So I will caution people that rain on the outside usually means rain on the inside. For that reason it’s important to let our schedule coincide with time and weather and take that into consideration when planning. There is no reason to lower your expectations but there’s a lot of wisdom in taking into consideration other factors that will influence you.
Two of the other things I want to briefly mention are foods and medications both of these things can have a severe impact on energy but I want to give a full session or three to this and bring in a nutritionist in who will give us the 4-1-1.
Well that’s all the time we have for today ... thanks so much for joining me, and remember to give yourself adequate recharging time and fuel for the body... remember...please feel free to leave me a message at stroke.global or on Facebook @stroke.global.
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