It’s been six years since I had surgery to repair my ascending aortic aneurysm. After my surgery, I didn’t come out of the anesthesia as expected. Instead, I remained in an unconscious state, suffering from unexplained seizures.
A neurologist speculated the cause was a stroke, but could not immediately confirm it since the required MRI could not be done until the breathing tube could be removed.
Later that night, the seizures began to slow down. By the next morning, I began to wake up and the doctors were able to remove the breathing tube. The subsequent MRI confirmed that I had indeed had a stroke.
At this point, I was still unable to use my arms or legs. However, movement began returning to my arms within the day. The feeling in and movement of my legs was slower to return. But, it began to show signs of returning. Still, I was unable to sit up on my own.
After spending time in cardiac intensive care and the neurology unit, I was transferred to in-patient rehab at another hospital. Over the next couple weeks I improved and began using a wheel chair and doing physical therapy to re-learn how to walk using a walker.
I was also fitted for a brace to assist with my left leg and foot, which were creating the most challenges for me. I informed the person fitting me for the brace that I’d be walking device free in three months. He gave me the “yeah, sure” look and told me that he could help me when I needed to replace the brace.
On Christmas Eve day, 20 days after my surgery, I returned home using a walker and a cane. When leaving, I was surprised to learn that my therapists had believed that I would require a wheelchair at dismissal.
A month later I was driving and three months later I was walking device free as I predicted. However, I haven’t completely recovered. I can’t ride a bike or ski, but I get around without the use of any device.
My wife credits my recovery, in part, to my lack of fully understanding or accepting the extent of damage the stroke had done. I simply refused to believe that I would not recover. Of course, it was helpful not consciously knowing what I went through in the early days after the surgery.
Another consideration is that I began receiving energy healing within hours of my surgery. I received energy treatments daily. After I returned home, I used energy healing techniques on myself.
All these factors likely played a part in my recovery. It is impossible to determine how much each one impacted my healing. However, I do believe attitude is a key to overcoming any life challenge.
It is important not to allow yourself to fall victim to the situation. Instead, take control and conquer your challenge. That doesn’t mean you will always recover from an illness or injury. Likewise, you may not win back that lost job. However, with the right attitude, what seems overwhelming today will not control your life tomorrow.