A Hospital Experience

Last week, I had some chest pain and pretty awful vertigo.   I have never experienced vertigo before, and it is pretty scary!  The first night it happened, I tried really hard to talk myself out of it and decide I was alright.  The next night when it happened again, I decided this might be the one thing besides a trauma of some sort that would bring me to the emergency room (ER) of a traditional hospital.  I do have two stents in my heart after all.  So, I went to the ER, knowing that they would likely bring me in quickly and hook me up to all kinds of monitors, start an IV, and give me some pharmaceutical medication.  I also knew, that with my extensive health history, they likely would admit me to make sure there was nothing new wrong with my heart.

I was right.  They took me in immediately, and did just what I thought that they would.  My blood pressure was very high, unusual for me at this point in taking back my health.  True to form, they didn’t allow me to eat or drink anything.  I knew I would easily get dehydrated, but their reasons were important. If they had to take me to surgery, I had to take nothing by mouth.  So I hoped that they would continue to hydrate me through my IV.

I am incredibly blessed.  I chose not to inform everyone right away that I had to go to the ER.  But I have been staying with  my  friend Kayla, our Bulldozer Health Food for Health Director,  and she took me and stayed  by my side.  She is a nurse, and very loving and compassionate. This made me feel safe in an environment I was so uncomfortable in.  She contacted  my wife who didn’t skip a beat and came to stay with me.  She was so sweet and loving, and made herself completely available to me despite our ongoing separation.  This increased my feelings of being held in the light and love that I so needed at this time.  And, now, several years later from my original illness in 2011, the nurses didn’t give us a hard time at all about being together in the hospital.  Some progress here in Fayetteville Arkansas on the discrimination front.  Nice.

The cardiologist did numerous tests over the next two days.  I was trying hard not to take on the sick role, or to take their pharmaceutical medications.  But it was impossible.  I was without all of my herbal treatments and they would not allow any of them at the hospital.  Also, because of my vertigo and question of a heart problem, I was mostly stuck in bed.  I took their medication so I wouldn’t be in constant pain. And took on the sick role to the best of my ability letting people do things for me.  It is uncomfortable, but in this situation, necessary.  I kept telling myself it was temporary.

When the cardiologist came to see me after the endless testing that they did, he told my wife and I,  that one of my stents was out-of-place and blocking my LAD, the large artery in the front of my heart, by 70%.   I listened as my wife started to cry from behind where I couldn’t really see her.  I felt crushed.   But I couldn’t live there.  I knew that my thinking has such a profound effect on my health.   I said, “it’s going to be okay. We are in the right place. They will fix it”.  But my chest ached even more as I felt her pain and fear.  We would rally though. We would get through this.

Then I remembered that we have such an incredible network of alternative care providers through Bulldozer Health Inc.  My second day in the hospital,  Andrea Sumers, our Bulldozer Health Inc. Vice President, visited me and gave me an energy and essential oil treatment.  Then, those that are on our social media, and saw what was happening, sprung into action.  They were sending loving, healing energy to me to improve my condition.   One of our providers, Allee from Anabal Health Solutions, was with us when we got the news.  She had come to the hospital and was in the process of doing an energy and essential oil treatment. She too, was incredibly compassionate and kind.   She also brought me some structured water, which I drank until I could take nothing more by mouth after midnight.   I felt like I was in good hands and very fortunate to have all of this healing work available to me.   It was bittersweet though, because I know that it is not available to everyone.  I cannot wait until we can provide this kind of treatment to everyone who needs it through Bulldozer Health Inc. Everyone should have all of the options available to them.

The next morning, they came and got me to take me for the heart catheterization to fix my heart.  I was nervous.  My wife and I were trying very hard to not get caught up again in what could be a traumatic experience.  We talked through it and prepared ourselves. We were on the same page.   When I arrived in the room, they gave me anesthesia where I couldn’t feel anything but was wide awake.  One of the doctors said to me, “You have heart stents and you came off of all of your medicine?”.  I replied, “Yes” .  “Well that might have not been such a great idea”, he said, with a snicker.  The doctor was suddenly finished it seemed.  “Your heart is clear” , he said.   “My heart is clear?  You mean you fixed it?”  “No”, he replied. “Your heart was clear when I got in there”.  Then he said, “Yes, and you know, your heart muscle looks excellent and you have a 60% ejection fraction, which is normal”.  The doctor who had snickered earlier didn’t say a word.

I was shocked and amazed.  So either the tests that they did previously were wrong, or the healers healed my heart.  I choose to believe the latter.  I am so happy to know that my heart is in good shape from the exercise, proper nutrition, positive attitude and herbal treatments I am using.  It’s good to gain some affirmation that I am on the right path.  I am also happy to know how effective alternative healing is.  That said, I would not choose to go through all that I did to find that out.  I still believe  that the ER, the hospital, and pharmaceutical medications have their place.  And when your heart might be involved, that is a time when you don’t want to be remiss in your health care choices. The idea of taking back your health, includes you being in control of your health and your choices.  Of knowing your body and working on being healthy and positive every day.  It also includes knowing all of the choices that are available to you.

That  said, the  experience left me exhausted and in pain for the last several days since my hospital discharge.  I have felt some withdrawal from the pharmaceutical medicine that they gave me, and in switching back over to herbal treatments.  It traumatized my wife and I some, bringing back some memories that we did not care to revisit.   All in all though, this was a positive experience on many levels.  I am eternally grateful for all of the love and support alternative care network in Arkansas, our management team, my friends and chosen family here in Arkansas, and my amazing best friend and wife.  It’s nice to know that even though we are not a couple, we are still there for each other in such a loving manner.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!

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Exercise: Keep that body moving!

Bulldozer remedy for health #4 includes exercise, rest and leisure activities.  This post will focus on the exercise part of that.

Many people who I meet feel afraid to start an exercise routine if they have been in pain or haven’t exercised in a long time.  I think that the key here is to first reduce one’s fear about it. Love your body as it is, and accept that you can make positive changes to continue to love your body.   I know that is easier said than done, however, that love for your body  reduces the fear of moving it and making changes.   I had to begin by telling myself positive statements like this:

1.  I want  to move through the world a little bit easier. If I stretch and exercise, it will become easier to do this.

2.  If I start small, breaking exercise into tiny components of movement, I know I can do this.

3.  Every day, I will add a little bit more movement to my routine, and before long I will be moving easier and have more energy.

4.  My body is beautiful as it is.  Exercise will make it feel inside,  as good as it looks on the outside, or even better.

I am a big proponent of positive affirmations.  I focus on what I can do, not what I can’t.  In the beginning of starting to exercise after being ill for so long, it took every ounce of energy I had, just to march in place for 3 minutes, or get my things together for someone to take me to the pool.  I pressed forward.  Before long, the exercise didn’t exhaust me any longer, and my body hurt less from stretching and strengthening the muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Now, my body needs exercise.  It is like medicine to me.  If I am hurting, going to the gym helps to turn it around. Sometimes that is from the rush of endorphins that I get,  and sometimes it is simply  from the act of moving my body, and sometimes it is both.  It isn’t necessary to do it at a gym, but I enjoy that.  If you don’t have access to the gym or don’t like that environment, just move your body while watching TV or listening to the radio.  March in place, or lift your arms up and down.  Look up some stretches online and add those into your routine.  Use soup cans to lift to strengthen your arms.  If the weather is nice, head outside for a walk or a bike ride.  You’ll be surprised what you can do.  I surprise myself all the time!

When I was very ill, many doctors told me that exercise wouldn’t help me.  I believed them, just like I believed a lot of other things that they told me.  They were very wrong.  Even though I have daily pain that I deal with and a number of autoimmune diseases, exercise has become an essential part of taking back my health.  It improves my mood and my general well-being.  Remember, no matter what level you are at today, you can make positive changes through keeping your body moving.  Show your body some love, and start today!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End Cannabis Prohibition State by State

We are all in charge of ourselves.  We make our own choices, we walk our own path.  That said, sometimes, the laws of the land preclude us from taking care of ourselves.  Cannabis laws in many states do not allow us to take care of ourselves, because the laws they have in place keep us from this very powerful medicinal plant.

I live in MA and when I am in my home state,  I am a legal cannabis user.  I cook it into my food three times a day, and smoke it on the average two times a day.  I obtain cannabis from my legal caregiver, and it is marked for THC and CBD content.  I know exactly what I am using, and what works for the different ailments that I have. The price of it is far less than what is charged in non-legal states

I recently traveled to Arkansas, where cannabis is illegal.   Yes, I recently learned, that  Arkansas has some of the most prohibitive and confining marijuana laws in the nation.  In fact, the Government in Arkansas has not budged about making any change its laws regarding cannabis use.  In fact, according to  the Marijuana Policy Project:  “Possessing under four ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor carrying up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Possessing an ounce of marijuana or more by those who have twice been convicted of possession is a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $6,000”.   Many other states are moving toward legalization, and there are a number of people working on this in Arkansas as well.  The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act folks in that state work diligently every day to bring forward legal medical marijuana.  But the state has just not moved forward, at least not yet.

I am very pleased to see that legalization is occurring in a number of states.  That said, I have been asking myself  some burning questions more recently.   What if anyone could grow their own cannabis?  With all of the positive effects on the body that cannabis provides, who wouldn’t benefit from it?   Will making it legal for medicinal purposes allow everyone who could benefit from it to have access to it?  These questions arose after the Heart and Soul radio show I did in RI,  with RI Governor candidate, Anne Armstrong.   When she explained the history of hemp and cannabis in this country, and why prohibition started, it deeply effected me.  Then, Ms. Armstrong filed a law suit against her state of RI to end prohibition of cannabis.  She opened my eyes even further with this.  I  began to wonder, is it really legalization that I want, or is it the lifting of prohibition?

If we lift prohibition of cannabis, many of the issues surrounding it will simply go away.  Illegal cannabis users who are otherwise law-abiding citizens, will become law-abiding citizens again.  The crime that surrounds it will disappear. The price and quality can be regulated just like with alcohol.   It is my hope that people will be able to grow their own cannabis like in the legal states presently. But if they choose not to grow, and it is legal to obtain, they can obtain their cannabis knowing exactly what they are getting. They can do this with confidence and safety.

I began to really think deeply about this.  If Ms. Armstrong can file against her state, can’t we all? I believe that the lifting of  prohibition has to be state by state.  The reason, is that at the present time, I do not see the Federal Government lifting prohibition.  I am not suggesting giving up on that by any means. But we must start and be diligent about it state by state to begin to affect change.  That is how we have been able to make headway with legalization. And if the Federal government were to repeal prohibition, it would still be up to the states to decide how to regulate it.  We may as well start at the state level where it is going to end up anyway.

We all want to be fully in charge of ourselves and our choices.  This is no different.  Tell your state to repeal cannabis prohibition.  All of our voices and actions together can create change.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com