Last week I had a big fall while walking briskly. I have no idea how I got up, took a 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 l 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 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 5, so check me out so I can go home.
I got the first jolt from the fantastic trauma doctor. “No, no, no, no to training for a five K. You got 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 docs who put things in words an athlete understands. The medical language is scary. Closed fracture of Multiple Ribs of Left Side. Pneumothorax on Left.
Somewhere in my ICU time things changed. The fantastic staff took walks with me. We talked about how I have 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 checkup. The nurse checked my vitals, gave me and said the lung was at 100%. Another of the fantabulous trauma gave me the green light to get back on my routine.
If you do what I do, you will 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 you time. The doc 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. Took about 18 months to go cold turkey on sugar drinks.
Eat at least five fresh or fast frozen fruits and veggies and almonds every day.
Walk Briskly, starting out for five minutes and kick it up. I do 20 to 40 minutes every day. Took at least a year to get there.
Get seven or more hours of deep sleep. Make it an appointment to 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.