March Madness Trial Run

Update as of 3/14/17:

At the end of this week, my future plans, regarding my recovery should be alot clearer.

Thursday: I have an appointment with my primary Doctor. This should be pretty standard and straight forward. What is important about this appointment though is that they are taking a blood test afterward. Not just any blood test! This test will determine how my cholesterol is doing.  Remember way back in September I started on a new eating plan. That was for this particular test and to see if I could balance out and better my cholesterol. Even more so decrease or get entirely off my cholesterol meds.  I would love it if I could get off the medication, but the least I am hoping for is a compromise. Maybe get intake of cholesterol meds down to 2-3 times a week.

Most likely I won’t know the results of my blood test for several weeks. Excited to start the process!

Friday: We are driving up to South Boulder, CO to do a test run at the Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Therapy Center. I am undergoing a trial run and to make sure my ears can handle the pressure. At first I thought I was going to test for only 20mins but found out yesterday I am getting a whole 1hr!  (really looking forward to how things turn out.) Hopefully my ears will naturally be able to withstand the pressure. If not the worst case scenario is they put tubes in my ears while I undergo treatment.

Our prayer is that with either appointment that God’s plan will be made clear going forward. That He will touch and inspire others through my humble vessel. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Blessings!

(P.S. depending how I am feeling, I will update you all after my appointment Friday or at least try and write Saturday)

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Changing of the Guard & Diving

I had a meeting this morning with a doctor to evaluate me and see whether I was a good candidate for Hyperbaric Treatment. I passed with flying colors! The only concern we all had was my ears but overall it is a minor thing and she agreed I was cleared to undergo treatment if I choose. There are no guarantees the treatment will work and as the doctor put it “It’s simply a leap of faith” Now it’s just up to my family to pray and decide whether  we can meet the commitment.

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The commitment would require a round trip from Colorado Spring to Boulder, which is about an 3 hr drive round trip. Not to mention we would have to make the trip at least 6 days a week for a month and a half. There is the possibility of staying up in Boulder while I receive treatment but we are still exploring that option. Not to mention the $6,000 cost which covers 40 treatments. So even though I meet the requirements it’s still a pretty big commitment to pray about and consider over the next two weeks.

The treatment itself is one big mystery machine. Again there is not guarantee it will work but they were are all very optimistic.

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Hyperbaric Chamber

How it Works:

You sit inside this chamber and they pressurize it so that it is the equivalent to 20 feet below sea level. (Imagine diving!)  They then proceed to release pure oxygen into the chamber. At this pressurized level the oxygen has no choice but to enter your blood stream and travels all over the body. The idea is to rejuvenate areas of the body where blood flow has decreased or stopped flowing. Kinda like jump starting a car. You are inside this air tight chamber for an hour.  (not for the claustrophobic)

(At this facility they most frequently treat Vets dealing with PTS)

Changing of the Guard:

Since late September of last year I started working with a Personal Trainer to up keep my therapy and to push myself. Chris was a fantastic trainer but several weeks ago he and his family decided to move back to New Jersey.

Before he left, he handed me over to a young man by the name of Mike.

Both Chris and Mike have experience working with cancer & stroke patients. Are very knowledgeable in their fields and both highly skilled in the area of nutrition. Blessed to be in good hands!

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Change is Unavoidable

Where have I been all this time?

Since the last time I blogged I have been to New York and Pennsylvania. Visiting Westpoint Military Academy for my Dad’s school reunion and PA to visit family. What exciting times!

 

I am a little over 4 months into my eating plan and going strong! Was hard at first trying to come up with things to eat but now am doing great and feel fantastic! 🙂

Being proactive in my recovery I hired (September) a personal trainer to help me continue my rehab (since I am not allowed back to therapy til next year) Workouts have been going really well and it has been empowering to me to actually be able to work out! We did a recent measurement and I am down to 24% body fat! I also just recently weighed myself and between eating well and working out I am a more toned 160 lbs

The Changes Coming:

-On December 28th I have a pretty important meeting with a doctor at a Hyperbaric Therapy Facility http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1464149-overview to see if I am a good candidate. (The results of this meeting will be rather interesting!)

-Chris, my trainer, informed me that he and his family are moving back to New Jersey. Therefore in the new year I will be getting a new trainer.

-In March I reach my 2 year anniversary. What will my recovery look like then? (Blessed to say I have already made huge gains!)

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”    -William Pollard

Here’s to the new adventures waiting in 2017!

 

I’ll take that in a salad…

It’s been a little past a week now, since I embarked on a new eating adventure….

The journey began with my chiropractor, their branch is part of a bigger franchise by the name of Maximized Living. When I first began seeing them they issued and sent me home with a little home kit. Part of this kit was two small books. The main one I read was….

“Maximized Living Nutrition Plans: The Solution to the Dangers of Modern Nutrition: by B.J. Hardick, Kimberly Roberto, Ben Lerner””

In this book they mention an “Advanced Eating Plan”   At first I thought very little about it and quickly glanced over it. However, as time  went on, this little tugging at my conscious started to bother me. So much that I started entertaining that thought. Slowly, I began  praying and researching more about this plan. I asked my parents, friends, and chiropractor what they thought. All were very supportive.  Finally, I just felt that I needed to take the dive and give it a shot.

My short term goal is to give it a go for at least a month. See how my body feels. Long term I hope to stay on this plan.

What’s this “Advanced Plan” about you say? Glad you asked! Read more below and watch a short video. They can explain it better then I can :)…..

The Advanced Plan: Some individuals will require a more Advanced Plan to restore health and healing to their bodies. This plan may be used for short-term management of weight, disease or detoxification, or may be used on a long-term basis by those who are genetically suited for it. The Advanced Plan has been researched and formulated to maximize your body’s full potential for health, energy, recovery, and cognitive power.

The Advanced Plan is designed to reduce inflammation, restore cell membrane function to aid detoxification, regulate hormones, and promote the use of fat as the body’s primary source of energy.

Indications you may need the Advanced Plan: High triglycerides High cholesterol High blood pressure High blood sugar Low blood sugar High insulin High leptin Toxicity Inflammatory disease ADD/ADHD Autism spectrum disorders Cancer Chronic fatigue Fibromyalgia Heart disease Digestive dysfunction Obesity Genetically intolerant to grains There are many others who will benefit from the Advanced Plan. Those listed above absolutely need it.

The Advanced Plan may at first appear extreme. However, it is actually the easier meal plan to follow as it is designed to completely eliminate cravings. This is something several generations of low-calorie and low-fat diets have been unable to achieve, so it should come as no surprise that this plan is noticeably and fundamentally different from others you may have experienced.

3 Rules on the Advanced Plan

1. Fat: Increase your intake of healthy fats.

2. Protein: Moderate your intake of protein.

3. Carbohydrates: Eliminate grains, sugars, and fruits.

Video: (Grab the popcorn 😉 )

 

New Horizons

Last Wednesday I had an appointment with the Neurologist.

Now let me back up just a minute….. We had been trying to see this doctor since October of last year! Back and forth with rescheduling because of weather etc.

(At first I must say that I was pretty nervous for the appointment. Yet as time went on and we prepped for the appointment, I knew in the back of my mind what the doctor was going to say. )

So the day finally arrived, we made sure that on this rainy day, that we would be there early as possible to assure there was not even a chance that we would miss our appointment.

We met with the Doctor and asked him a few questions. Such as what other health issues (besides a stroke) should I be aware of? What is the likely hood that I have another stroke? What can I expect for my recovery in the months ahead? Am I on target?

His answer to all of these were what I expected…

“Each person is unique. I simply don’t know what to tell you to expect.”

It was disappointing to wait such a long time for that appointment just to hear those words (even though I had predicted he would say that). However, In my heart I had determined that no matter what the outcome. Good or bad. Or unknown. I was going to trust and lay my outcome in the hands of Jesus.

After all….

“Worry is like a rocking chair-it keeps you moving but doesn’t get you anywhere.”
To close the doctor issued a blood test to see if my cholesterol is high or changed any, (My grandfather had high cholesterol and with God’s help he lowered it. If God can do it with him so can he with me!)
He also wants to do a sleep test and make sure my breathing is ok and to check for sleep apnea.
(Sarcastic Tone) That means I get to sleep over and get all wired up 🙂 Which means a long night and crazy selfies 🙂  O joy!
Going into the future my trust is in God alone!!

I’m Back (for now;))

I apologize that I haven’t written in months. Time just goes so fast and I’ve really been trying to work hard on my rehab. I dunno I guess just putting my head to the ground and working as hard as I can and trying to live a normal life  again.

That said I figured the best way to let you know what I have been up to is through pictures. 🙂 Enjoy!

Side Note: All the rehab pictures took place months before my trip to Oregon 😉  We went to Oregon and watched my younger brother get married. I got to see many of my friends and was reunited with them 🙂 )

1yr Anniversary

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Life… Opportunity…
Breathe…. Thankfulness

Exactly a year ago, this exact same day, I was hospitalized and learned I had a mild stroke. The memories of that dark day still ring fresh in my mind….
Through it all, I can see God’s hand of provision and sovereignty.
My recovery goes slowly and I still have a long ways to go…. Yet God is good
Thank you Lord for allowing a way through the darkness!!
Thank you to all those family and friends who have stood by my side!