This is a rerun of my big fall of January 17, 2016 and how I bounced back.
Last week I had a big fall while walking briskly. I have no idea how I got up, took this selfie, and drove home. I do remember Ann on the phone with the 911 operator as the firemen came in the back door. That is the start of three days of miracles, answered prayers, and fantastic care in the hands of the Number One Trauma Unit in Texas.
I was in la-la land from the time the firemen put me in the hands of the EMT, arriving in the emergency room, and then to the care of the TEXAS NO. ONE trauma Intensive Care unit. I do remember telling the emergency room doctor that I felt okay and I was training to defend my title as winner of my division in the Brookshire Fresh 15, “…so check me out so I can go home.”
I got my first jolt from the fantastic trauma doctor. “No, no, no, no.” he said to training for a 5K. “You have busted ribs and a punctured lung. I don’t want to put in a tube, and maybe it will fill up on its own. Breath into this thing as often as you can.” I like doctors who put things in words an athlete understands. Medical language can be scary. “Closed fracture of multiple ribs of left side. Pneumothorax on left.”
Somewhere in my ICU time their perspective of me changed. The fantastic staff took walks with me. We talked about how I had been doing deep breathing exercises for four years. I was treated like an injured athlete who wanted to get back in shape. Before being released they all cautioned to limit my brisk walking to a quarter mile and have somebody with me.
Five days later I went for my final check up. The nurse checked my vitals, and said the lung was at 100%. Another of the fantabulous trauma doctors gave me the “green light” to get back on my routine.
If you do what I do, you may improve your blood pressure, lower chances of dementia, Alzheimer’s, some types of cancer, many chronic diseases, heart and stoke problems, obesity, and stop getting old before your time. The doctor also said that the chances of surviving trauma would really improve.
Ready? This is what I do every day.
Drink lots of water and quit sugar drinks. It took me about 18 months to go cold turkey on sugar drinks.
Eat at least seven fresh or fast frozen fruits and veggies and nuts every day.
Walk briskly, starting out for five minutes and kick it up. I do 20 to 48 minutes every day. It took at least a year to reach that goal.
Get seven or more hours of deep sleep. Make it an appointment you keep every day.
Now here is the kicker, blow out all the air all the way to the bottom of your belly, bring in all the air it takes to fill your lungs. Now blow the air out. Start doing this four or more times every day. It took over a year to breath this way almost all the time.
I am at 100%. Thanks to all my great care givers, and thank you for the prayers.