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In September 2011, I survived multiple code blue incidents. The problem was congenital (Meckel's diverticulum), so may have happened (it ruptured, leadng to septic shock that shut down all my vital organs) whether I was in healthy shape or not (I wasn't).
Recovery has been slow and laborious, made more difficult by how bad my health had been before the crisis. This new chance I've been given has focused my attention on how much I need to do to ensure that the rest of my life will be as healthy as possible.
I'll be using SparkPeople to help me toward that goal.
Learn more about health, particularly the conditions affecting my life and the lives of those whom I love and care for
Improve my eating habits, especially eating more vegetables and fruits, and learning portion control
Work on an exercise routine, including getting back to 25 pushups and running a 5k
Drink plenty of water, while cutting coffee and soda consumption
Lose weight, then don't bother looking to find it again
Improve my sleep habits to ensure I get adequate rest
Use SparkPeople to assist me in these goals
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
Still plugging along here.
Now almost a year after I was released from the 7-week hospital stay that saw me passing through a dozen CPR events, I'm still recovering from the effects. Conceivably, that might be a lifelong process - just earlier this week, our real estate agent was speaking of a relative of hers who had experienced two back-to-back CPR events, surviving it fully paralyzed from the waist down. Given that after my 12th CPR event, the doctors thought me then already beyond hope and unlikely to even walk or speak or do anything else normal again if I were to survive, I suppose that dealing with recovery for a few more decades is an acceptable bargain.
Aside from quirky physical aspects of recovery, to me the most noticeable problem has been what the experience did to my head. I can't remember as well, I can't focus as well, I can't perform mental processes as well, and it slows down and changes the way my head handles the rest of me. Some of that seems to have been like how I couldn't walk at first afterward yet now am training toward hopefully running a 5k run - similarly, very basic things like simple arithmetic and piecing a sentence together (like I'm doing here) were impossible a year ago, but are slowly coming back. Even so, some of the head I used to have seems gone from me as permanently as that other CPR victim's legs are.
But I'm still working at it all.
1551 days ago
Comment edited on: 10/17/2012 11:07:09 AM
So, how are you doing?? I have not seen any activity on your page for awhile.. Praying that you are not having any more health challenges..Peace,Linda
1555 days ago
I think that I understand a little of what you may be going through. I am here because my second back surgery (at age 62) kicked my rear. There's more I can't do than can, but I'm not throwing in the towel yet! Anyway, nice to meet you!
1647 days ago
and to theTreadmill, etc. Team!
1651 days ago
Welcome to SparkPeople!
One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.
When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.
Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.
Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.
Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!
1661 days ago