It took eight months of being in bed unable to walk to figure this out, PLEASE READ.…
This unknown solution could save your life or help another person live a peaceful or painless life!
After walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago my life changed. I look at life differently; I discovered answers for life’s simple but complicated questions. Why are we here on this little planet in this huge universe? When do we accept things the way they are? Or, should we face the fear that comes with change? This includes physical and mental challenges. These were some of the lessons I learned from the Camino; never give up and look into other options! There were days during my 56-day journey when I couldn’t make it to the next village and was forced into the decision to keep on walking or stop for the day with the insight of my final goal to make it to Santiago. Never did I think I would not make it to the end.
My resent challenge of not being capable of walking for the past eight months has not been easy. However, I always visualized being able to walk without pain, just as I did starting one year before I walked the Camino, I had the vision of taking my final step.
It was January, 2014, at my home in Thailand and woke up unable to walk in extreme pain. I spent several weeks in the hospital and with help from family, and friends caught a flight back to the U.S. for treatment. I spent the following eight months in and out of hospitals and ended up in a nursing home. During this time, I had two strokes and heart issues.
They found the problem, but not the cause?
I made my way to Mayo Clinic, one of the best health recovery centers throughout the world. After several weeks of testing, they found the cause of my problems. Yes, the strokes, heart issues and maybe even my back problem.
Few people know they have this problem. If you think about it, this sounds simple, but you can see how easy it could go un-diagnosed. My immune system was not working. Our body is an amazing self-repairing system. Think about it, if you cut your finger, it stops bleeding and even supplies healing medicine so it heals by itself. So what happens if your immune gets overworked; it cannot do its job, That’s what happened to me!
Why does this miraculous healing system quit working? I found the answer. It works when we sleep; so, if you don’t sleep properly, it cannot work.
I was sleeping fine….I thought!
After many tests, blood, MRI’s, heart test and seeing over 20 doctors, including a psychologist, they knew the problem but not the cause. One doctor said, “We want to test your sleeping.” I said, I don’t have a problem sleeping! He asked, “Do you wake up tired?” I said, of course doesn’t everyone?
They did a simple overnight test which consisted of a little probe on your finger that hooks up to a small computer. This is done at home, and it records your breathing. I quit breathing 43 times within a hour, when that happens it puts a halt to your immune system; it can’t repair your body. This undiagnosed problem can possibly be the cure for many diseases and other health problems it can even help with depression.
After the night-long test which showed a possible problem, they put me in the extensive all-night test at the clinic. This verified my problem and solution. They traced almost all my issues were related to my immune system being “Out of Order!”
I have sleep apnea; a severe case, and did not know it!
My two strokes most likely happened when I slept.
I like what my niece, Kryssi, said…
“Thank God you had the strokes;
otherwise, you may have died in your sleep!”
The strokes were life-threatening, and the cause was the priority of the medical team at Mayo Clinic. They did not give up, and kept looking at other options, the same lesson I learned from walking the Camino.
Today; I feel great! The only challenge is to get comfortable using the breathing machine which regulates my breathing and lets my auto-repair (immune) system to do the job our creator intended. I have been using the machine for three days, and it has made a huge difference. There are several machines that can be used, the CPAP unit did not work, but the Bi-level PAP, works great.
My lesson for you…if your doctor keeps saying, “Take a pill, and you will be alright.” And you feel; something is still wrong, ask for a sleep test; it may save your life!
The doctors cut back on all my medications, and I have my final appointment at Mayo Clinic on November, 27th. I expect the OK, to return to Thailand and get my life back in order. It’s been an amazing journey, thank you all for your support over the past nine months. My lesson…. “What I can’t do ‘WE,’ can!” Love, Jim
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One other tip I learned; another way to stop the immune system from working is dehydration, so drink water; even, if your not thirsty!
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