At the beginning of the year, I had a gluten poisoning. For a Celiac, this can be very serious, depending on a persons individual intolerance level. Watch Dr. Davis explain why.
10 things known about Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, who killed JR and the NFL.
It’s not as if I believe that my personal rants on the NFL or other body contact sports will change the perception of the diehard fan, but there is at least the need to give phase to the parents that get up early on Saturday mornings, to allow their young children to be tackled or repeatedly punched in the head. Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are real and not only life affecting, but potentially deadly. The conversation is again in the forefront with the autopsy finding of deceased, 27 year old, New England Patriot tight end, Aaron Hernandez.
I remember football and professional boxing on television in my home as a child, but I was never particularly interested. As an adult, now residing in Bronco Nation, I am of the rare few that just don’t give a rats’ ass about the sport, BUT as a stroke survivor, I do care about TBI and on-going conversations around CTE. Understanding that what researchers have discovered for sure is that:
All praises to the One that created us all. Although I live in MST, I was born in the Midwest on CST at 12:10 am, so at this moment, I am officially a year older. Thank you Jesus! I made it to another year. So, a part of my celebration is to give something to all of you. Keeping my ear to the wall, I hear a lot of chatter about people using apple cider vinegar. Surprise, as my present to you on my birthday, I am giving away an ebook on the subject. Just fill in the field's below and assist me with a bit of market research and you will get a link to your free ebook. So, congratulations. We made it another year and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
BTY, next month is my Strokeiversary! I am already thinking about that gift.
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So many times when you hear talk about Preppers or see shows on the subject, the conversation is about Doomsday and bunkers. There tends to be a social stigma with some people about prepping for a disaster. As we have seen in the last few weeks and from the history of my lifetime, this should be further from the truth.
I can remember where I was and what I was doing when the news reports came on regarding 9-11. I lived in Chicago at the time and reached out to love ones as they went about their daily activities. People where going everywhere. Traffic was congested. Phone lines where busy. It was very chaotic. Then, following years later, came the reports and news of Katrina, Sandy and Ike. Fast forward to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and possibly Irma on its way toward north America. Whether you or your family members live in coastal regions or not, life is full of uncertainty, which ironically, is our only certainty. I remember being in DeKalb, IL in June of 1987, standing in the living room of a friend's apartment and experienced an earthquake. It was quick and uneventful, but yet very real.
So how ready are you for the uncertainty of life? We do so many things to prepare for the "what if" of life. We buy insurance for our health and property. We buy homes to house things and provide shelter and safety from people and the elements. We educate ourselves and our children in hopes of a prosperous future. Even with all we do, there is still a magnitude of uncertainty in life. Yet, being prepared can effect the "what if".
Watching the news reports of Hurricane Harvey and seeing people get fed, I was concerned about all the people with food intolerance. Having Celiac Disease, I considered what I would do if my only option was to eat whatever food was placed before me. Seventy-two hours is the time estimated it takes relief organizations to mobilize and begin to provide services when a disaster hits. Lucky for me, I have a Prepper food kit in an air tight, water tight mobile container that is gluten sensitive and will feed 4 people for 72 hours with and expiration date, well over a decade. With food intolerance, I can't rely on anyone having food that would not make me sick. Some say...if that is all you have, you will eat it. For me, that is just not true. The pain and suffering would be too unbearable to do that to myself, especially under already stressful circumstances.
I came across a web post entitled, "Are You Prepared to be Gluten Free in an Emergency" by Dr. Osborn on the Gluten Free Society website. Check out his 12 tip for prepping. Many of them are good regardless of the need for gluten free or not. Make a plan for yourself and your family for communication, to shelter in place or evacuation. We never really know when the "what if" will come.
The "2017 Great American Solar Eclipse" has come and gone. Now what? There are people who planned for years just to be apart of one event on August 21, 2017. Whole families traveled for hours and even days to view the eclipse for mere minutes. So what is next? Does the solar eclipse affect a person's physical or mental health? NASA has reportedly said there is no effect on people during the 2017 eclipse when the Earth, Mood and Sun were in complete alignment. In the spiritual astrological world, it is considered the Holy Trinity of vibration and frequency of the energies of all living things on earth. In my own home, the wireless doorbell rang repeatedly own its own. Was this happenstance, a battery that needed to be changed or the change in radio frequency that has been studied since 1912 during such times? So, even if you are not much of a scientist, it must be concluded that change in vibrational frequencies has to have some effect on at least some people.
Let's go back to the original question...now what? To answer that question, let me take you back a few weeks. Hang with me on this. I promise to bring you full circle...
From August 13 to September 5, the planet Mercury, Messenger of the Gods in ancient mythology, has been in retrograde. This means it appears to be moving backwards because it is moving slower than the Earth. In the Zodiac, Mercury, is the Ruler of Gemini and Virgo and commands over communication, expression, awareness and intellect. With this being the case, during retrograde, the Gemini may experience lost communication or misunderstandings or the complete total opposite. They may hear from old friends seemingly out of the blue sky, literally. For the Virgo, the detailed nature of the sign's characteristic may cause crankiness and annoyance. Double check your facts before reacting negatively, especially during this retrograde.
So are you still with me? Let's go back to the solar eclipse. When the Sun is completely blocked out by the Moon, with the Earth being in complete alignment and Mercury being the closest planet to the Sun, and energy frequencies change on the planets, and all living things being energy, there is bound to be an effect in the well-being of some people whom are more sensitive to these sorts of events, especially, Geminis and Virgos. (sorry for the run-on sentence) Some will and have felt more tired or even sleepy, but this may not be a totally bad thing though. This can be a time to reboot. This combination of the planetary actions can help a person lift their vibrational frequency. Begin or increase a meditation practice. Many spiritual believers equate this time to the awakening of the 6th and 7th Chakras. When these two connect, the Third Eye between the Soul and the Universe increases intuition and consciousness.
Lastly, psychologists have documented an increase in suicide after a solar eclipse. This is equated to the so-called Doomsdayers that view the event as a negative sign of the end of the Universe. Other research concluded that the hunt, chase and social interaction surrounding an eclipse event created a temporary positive mood for some already depressed and contemplating their own demise, but once the event was done and their mood changed back, the act was carried out.
I know this may have gone off the rails for some, but know that the end result is that the #2017GreatAmericanSolarEclipse, may affect some people more than the sarcasm received from looking through a cardboard box instead of the solar 3D looking glasses. Keep on eye on your love ones, including the furry ones. As for the phenomena of volcanoes, earthquake, tsunamis and hurricanes as a result of the solar eclipse, we will have to wait and see.
Now that you know causes of stroke and that stroke is leading in Millennials and Generation X, lets look at the signs of stroke. If you are aware of the stroke acronyms FAST and BEFAST, you be wondering what this infographic is a about.
FAST is for;
I prefer the posted infographic, because, like me, many stroke victims did not have the FAS part of FAST. In fact, I did not have any of those signs, so I did not do the T and yet drove myself to the ER. As with many, I had numbness on one side of my body and a severe headache. I was also very anxious and my heart was racing. So, don't get stuck on FAST or BEFAST. I have heard from some people that they became unconscious, even waking up days and weeks later having been in a coma, remembering nothing or very little.
The one thing that can't be agreed on is that when a stroke occurs, TIME is of the ESSENCES. There are interventions that can reduce or even reverse the outcome of stroke if treated within less than 3 hours of first onset. Since stroke signs can be from standard to obscure, most people don't realize they are having a stroke nor do they get conformation within that time frame. I always say...if in doubt, check it out.
I hope you will pass this on to the people you know and those you love. There is no one whom has had a stroke whose life is not changed forever, in one way or another. Help me spread the word about stroke.
This is a little question without a simple answer. With stroke being down over all but up in the age group of 18-54, causes of stroke vary greatly. We know that strokes can happen when the blood supply to the brain is reduced (Ischemic Stroke) or interrupted (Hemorrhagic Stroke). This deprives the brain of oxygen and nutrients leaving brain cells dead, within minutes. Some people have what is called a TIA/ Transient Ischemic Attack, or mini stroke, which tends to be a very short temporary blockage that resolves itself and doesn't leave permanent brain damage. TIA's can be a precursor to a full on brain attack and should be treated seriously. BUT why does this happen is the BIG question.
Here are some reason known to cause stroke. It is not as if these are steadfast, sure-fire reasons for a stroke, but they can increase a person's likelihood. Keep in mind, some of these issues can be changed and some may not.
Now that you have a clearer picture of the causes of stroke, come back next time as I teach how to recognize a stroke.
Perhaps you have heard what people ages 18 to 54 now have in common. No it's not that we grow up inundated with cell phones and "reality shows". Nor is it that Generation Y is the benefactor of Generation X's rejection to the status quo and the fight against the establishment just so Gen Y has a focus while they rebuild it all. No those things are far to easy. The common ground, sad to say is that there is said to be about a 53% increase of stroke amongst Americans ages 18-54. In face the statistics say that 1 in 5 stroke victims are now under the age of 55 while the overall number of stroke victims has been in decline since the mid 1990s.
What is causing this increase in stroke within young people? Of course, research cites obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure as main contributors. Then there is the lack of attention to the unset of typical signs and symptoms of stroke, but as a stroke survivor, I am here to add much more to this narrative.
Come join me as I dive in to conversations and research on stroke, what you may not know about it and what most importantly may be getting left out of the conversation you have with your medical professional. See you soon!
In the mean time, take a LOOK at this video on the subject.
Oct. 23, 2015, I was at my desk on my computer late at night and my leg felt as if it was going to sleep on my right side. Then arm started to hurt, so I went to bed. I got up at 7:30 am on the 24th and went about some Saturday errands.
At 1ish, I went to help at my son’s school for the Fall Festival. At 3ish, my head was pounding so I went home to lie down. I got anxious and could not lie down. My Mom was in town, so I said, “come on… we are going to the hospital”. I drove to an emergency room/surgery center because I knew there would be no wait even though I am closet to 3 other hospitals that are always busy.
I drove over the speed limit, but by time I got there, I knew what was happening. I am a Health Coach with Celiac Disease and I am very in tune with what goes on with my body. So, I walked in saying, “I AM HAVING A STROKE!” They tried talking me out of that with the standard standing tests. As I started cursing telling them my father passed from a Cerebral Hemorrhage at 36 years old, I had just turn 49 and I began cursing as my face dropped on the right, and them my PB was sky high. OH… OKAY, YES, SHE IS HAVING A STROKE.
In the exam room, I was given some medication and the stroke seemed to pass faster than it came but the damage was done. I had numbness and weakness on my right side. My head hurt like the time I was given Armor Thyroid for my Hypothyroid and it caused migraines that made me vomit.
I had a CT scan but they did not have anyone for the MRI on the weekend. So, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital about 5 miles away. I was a Direct Admit into a room. The staff came running to hook me up to everything. I was babbling, but thank GOD, I would think enough to kick a nurse out of my room that wanted to do a swallow eval with a turkey sandwich. I was last in that hospital May, June and July, so my records are clear that, “I have CELIAC and DON’T EAT SANDWICHES!” I asked her was she trying to kill me. She went off looking for pudding which she never found.
I finally got the MRI that showed an Ischemic Stroke; a blockage on the left side of my brain that affected my right side. I was monitored all night. They told me I stopped breathing and should probably be on a C pap for Sleep Apnea. It was a long night with all the coming and going, being hooked up and off of equipment.
The next morning, I was evaluated by Speech, PT, Neurologist and the floor attending physician. I was discharged that evening. The worst part is that I was released to go home and figure my life out on my own. I was not given a list of phone numbers to services or support groups. My head still hurt like I had been hit in the head with a hammer and all I could do is sleep. So I did. My son was at his dad’s during this time and when he returned, I explained the whole thing to him.
So for the most 2016, I was in Speech and Cognitive therapy. I was in Occupational Therapy twice in 2016. I have been in Physical Therapy 3 times and continue now. Insurance only allows a limited number of visits, and then requires a wait and a reevaluation before returning.
I still have some weakness and balance issues. I continue to have a headache (mostly on the right side) everyday and fatigue. My right leg feels like it has a steel plate for a shin. It hurts all the time, at various degrees. My right arm feels like it has a brick attached, but I use it through the pain. I had half my hair cut off to shorten the amount of time I have to use it every day. I have to check my patience and anxiety. There are days where I am short with people and know when to take a few minutes alone. If, I had to pick the worst issue after head pain, my second biggest issue is cognition. The expressive aphasia still exists. I think in my brain what I want to say, but at times, I can’t get the words out. I usually pause, briefly explain to the person what s happening and by then, the words connect. Oh, and my memory SUCKS! Sometimes, I cannot spell the simplest of words. If I did not know a person or thing before the stroke, it takes a repeated interaction to remember it/them. Everything I do, takes longer to do it. My life requires a lot more planning. I take 3 Rx, but the doctors want me on more. I avoid RX because with Celiac, gut health and balance is a slippery slope. I also have to call each manufacture (usually in India) to make sure they don’t have gluten in the pills. The US pharmacies don’t want the liability, so they won’t make the calls.
Al though I try to not let it consume me, I live in fear of Dementia or Alzheimer’s due to the traumatic brain injury. I have not returned to full-time employment, as I have no idea how that would work out. Clocking it on a set schedule would not work most days. I continue to work towards expanding my private business endeavors.
The proudest thing is that my son knows he has my support and he has not skipped a beat. He excels in his education and sports. I do what I can at school and with homework and I’m always going to be Team Mom. His health is very important to be too. I cook just about every day. I try to have leftover at times for the next day, but he is a teen whom eats like a grown man.
So that is my story. Regardless to how “minor” a person’s stroke was, NO ONE IS EVER UNAFFECTED AFTER A STROKE. If you can relate, please share your story with me.
How do you know if you have an issue with gluten if you have any of the other diseases or complications?
One thing people do is a 21 day elimination diet. To do this, you need to eliminate wheat, rye, barley and I also suggest malt and oats from your diet for 14 days. At about 1 week, you are liable to feel like crap as the body detoxes. Then between, day 7 and 14, you are on the upswing. Then you begin to eat gluten items again. For a week moving toward 21 days, you will know how you are affected by gluten. Now oats may not be an gluten item but they are usually contaminated by wheat production so I throw them in. I eat some “certified gluten free oats” from Trader Joe's after being diagnosed and I was in bed for 3 days.
Let’s talk tests:
People with Celiac Disease who eat gluten have higher than normal levels of certain antibodies in their blood. These antibodies are produced by the immune system because it views gluten as a threat. You must be on a gluten-containing diet for antibody (blood) testing to be accurate. So if you go gluten free, feel better off gluten and then want to get blood tested, they are going to tell you to eat gluten for several week to raise the antibodies to get a more accurate result. Sounds daunting right? Keep eating something that you realized is making you not feel so go.
If you still believe you have issues after testing negative or with a positive test, the gold standard is a biopsy of the small intestine which is the only way to absolutely diagnose Celiac Disease.
There are other antibody tests available to double-check for potential false positives or false negatives.
Another such tests are:
2. Total serum IgA: This test is used to check for IgA deficiency, a condition associated with Celiac Disease that can cause a false negative tTG-IgA. If you are IgA deficient, your doctor can order a DGP or tTG-IgG test.
3. Deaminated gliadin peptide (DGP IgA and IgG): This test can be used to further screen for Celiac Disease in individuals with IgA deficiency or people who test negative for tTg antibodies.
Having the stresses of caring for a child with health concerns and going through the termination of a failed marriage, I developed my own chronic health issues. and survived a stroke. My personal experience and research of stroke and autoimmune diseases, lead me to help myself and others.