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    Default Recovery from stroke, part 1

    Hi everyone...

    I haven't posted here for quite a few months. I've been T-Tapping, though, with breaks.

    The breaks were me doing experiments as I'm quite a curious person. Actually, first of all, life "got in the way" as it often can but then I got back into it, as this is the only exercise I've liked doing, and the rapid results and feeling of well being are impressive.

    I experimented by not doing T-Tapp at all after initial amazing results with MORE, back onto it without changing my eating plan, off it again for a few weeks and then back to it, with eating healthier (increased fresh juices and green smoothies) - all just to see how I felt and how it went. Food wise, I usually eat very little processed or packaged food anyway but chocolate was my weakness as well as eating inconsistently (ie, missing breakfast, then eating more later on - a bad cycle to get into).

    Having juices etc whilst T-Tapping provided the best results, health-wise, although simply T-Tapping without changing anything else was successful and proved to me that the program really worked. I have documented some of my experiments but not all, unfortunately, however during the last few weeks, I’ve been writing up as much as I can. If it helps another person somewhere, someday, that would be great. FYI, chocolate doesn't seem to be an issue any more and I'm improving at having regular meals...

    Well, it was during that last few weeks experimenting with not T-Tapping at all that I had a stroke! Full-blown haemorrhagic stroke - bleeding in the brain. I won’t go on about that here in detail as it would fill many pages, however I will say that I had many tests, scans and blood tests and every one of them came back normal-good. I have low blood pressure, cholesterol is good, no diabetes, previous issues or family history; my veins and blood vessels are good too (yay!). When they cannot find the usual reasons for stroke, they go searching for tumours which may cause a brain to bleed however I have had months of scans and the doctor was able to rule out a tumour causing it. It may have been something simply going “pop” in my brain, or a few tiny cells rubbing together and causing a bleed. Medical people here may be able to explain that better.
    I have taken it as a warning to slow down and take care of myself, and have been doing so…

    At first I could hardly feel anything on my whole left side and even lost some hearing. Thankfully I could still see and could speak, although when my brain got tired (often), I had to stop talking, it was just too much. That still happens. I walk around home without a walking stick but when I’m out in public I use it (don’t want to be knocked into), and particularly when I’m tired and out as my leg still gets wobbly inside when weary.

    Have I lost you yet, lol?! Back to T-Tapp!

    Maree

    (to be continued, am not sure if there's a limit on words in posts)...
    Last edited by m30201; 01-18-2013 at 09:50 PM. Reason: To add that I had originally been using the MORE DVD only.

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    Part 2:
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    As soon as I was able to sit up in the hospital bed and swing my legs over the side, I began doing what I could remember of the upper body T-Tapp movements from MORE. I couldn’t recall a lot but I had the general idea and how to hold shoulders, elbows, thumbs back, etc and did what I could. I would wake up at 5.30 or 6am (hospitals really aren’t restful places, are they?), sit precariously on the side of the bed and do my exercises and general stretching whilst the other patients in the stroke ward were asleep.

    Once home, I could barely get around and didn’t do much in the way of exercise. Simply moving from bed to bathroom was a huge effort. However, as soon as I felt as if I could manage it, I began doing the sitting exercises on the MORE DVD, at least as much as I could. It was very difficult as I had lost sensation and feeling and couldn’t control my left arm. I couldn’t even sit in a normal kitchen or office chair without feeling as if I was going to fall off so found the sturdy coffee table the best place to sit and T-Tapp.

    After some time of doing this and also having a break as I was simply too tired some days to do much at all (fatigue is a huge factor after a stroke), I shakily began to do some parts of some standing MORE exercises, in very small chunks at first. My leg still wasn’t very good at holding me up and it was a struggle to hold my foot in the one place, however with each attempt at MORE standing, I could feel slightly stronger and better and taller!

    Somewhere in there, a friend in the health profession asked if I would do a trial for some brain/body movements and I agreed, depending on if my family could get me there as I wasn’t able to drive a car. I went along for a couple of weeks; it was exhausting but I actually had to stop as I could not get there to do it. I was thinking the whole time that I felt better doing T-Tapp! I was very tired a lot of the time as I’d gone back to partial working from home and I didn’t do a lot of anything else, even T-Tapp. However at some point I realised I must get my body working again and resumed MORE on a more regular basis. I simply did what I could, with a whole lot of rest.

    On 4th January I did what I could of the BWO Instructional for the first time ever and have used that program ever since. Whilst I still have to pause the DVD a couple of times (those Plies get to me and the twist singles are f-a-s-t!), I am really feeling the benefits. I even tried BWO Tempo once!

    There is much I haven’t covered, and I think there’s enough reading here for anyone to get through for one day, anyway, lol!

    I believe T-Tapp has made a huge difference in my recovery. Apart from those couple of weeks of the trial exercise program, and walking when I’m up to it, T-Tapp is the only exercise I’ve worked at since the stroke. That’s partly because of the way it made me feel right in the beginning stages, but also I set out to test it properly, a part of the experiment on myself.

    I am feeling stronger and better in so many ways and my balance has improved more than I could have expected. I am losing inches, firming up, and gaining health and improved function at the same time. I have increased energy with less body and brain tiredness and can now get through lots of days without needing (read: REALLY needing) a sleep.

    I am far from fully recovered however where I was once thinking it may take a couple of years, I’m now anticipating that to be sooner. Whether I will ever be back to normal, I’m not sure, but I’m really pleased (ecstatic!) with the results so far.

    Thank you, Teresa.

    Maree

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    Thought I'd better add this: before anyone thinks that they’ll show this to a stroke recoverer they know and badger them into T-Tapp movements, please know there are many types of strokes and the body parts it affects, and length of time to recover, so be mindful in your approach.

    Our loved ones can be so enthusiastic at times. I recall a dear friend, when I mentioned the need to work on my left hand in the early days, raving on about me trying to write with my left hand (I’m right-handed) or eat with my fork and knife back to front (fork in right hand, knife in left). All well and good, but at the time I could hardly realise I had a left hand let alone pick up a pen with it. Some things take time and a great deal of patience!


    Edited to add:

    I just wanted to clarify what I said up above. I'm certainly not saying DON'T tell stroke recoverers about T-Tapp - no-no-no! - as from what I've experienced, it's highly beneficial.

    Just be careful not to push them too soon. Encourage them to do just little movements as soon as they're able, to start getting things flowing again.

    It's an incredibly daunting experience to have lost feeling in large parts of your body and and to have to look at getting things working again; it can seem an impossible task. Brain cells have died and new ones have to retrain to do the job the old ones did, which is extremely tiring.

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    WOW Maree! You have quite the testimony! Not just to T-Tapp but to YOUR tenacity to stick with it and push yourself and not give up! GO YOU!

    I actually advise people to hold the Plie squat vs. going up and down for all of it, kick out as much as needed, and not to worry about the singles on Jazz Twist at first. But you are doing great, sounds like! Just go your pace and feel free to back off or hit the pause button!

    And please keep us posted on your recovery--you should join the 60 Day Challenge! Imagine what you could document over the next 60 days?!

    Cheering you on!
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    Hi Trisch,
    (I read the forum posts here and you are very helpful - thank you.)

    You have a terrific testimonial yourself!

    I've been thinking of the 60 Day Challenge, I really have. But having my photographs published put me off, lol. I might do it 'behind the scenes' anyway, and see how I go.

    And yes, I pause and kick out and drink water and go back to it. I'm just finding that I need to pause it less so my stamina etc is increasing. I wouldn't have thought I'd be up to BWO yet and am very pleased. If I'd T-Tapped and didn't feel the benefits to my body apart from toning up and inches being lost, I would have had to find something else to work the brain/body connection. Months ago I went to a specialist exercise physiologist on the advice of a doctor and what he recommended wasn't enough so I didn't bother doing any of it, I just kept T-Tapping when I felt up to it. You certainly don't need to do it every day, or for very long, it just works. But, you know that.

    My brain feels clearer and my back pain has virtually gone as well; gosh, I could go on and on!

    I look at friends and others I know spending HOURS at the gym and here I am doing something very effective which lasts minutes. I would like to introduce it to many, after my experiences, however there are no trainers here in Australia, unfortunately. Are there other T-Tappers in Australia, do you know? Any trainers in training??

    Bye for now...
    Maree


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    I don't know of any, Maree, but you know...you never know... You might become the first!

    I think it's great that you found T-Tapp to truly be the "mind-body" workout that really works! And you are proof! It is sad to see people spending so much time at gyms or with other programs they really don't enjoy, and not always getting the total benefits that you can get with T-Tapp. I read something about half-way through my journey how you supposedly need an HOUR a day to MAINTAIN and 90 minutes a day to LOSE! Are they crazy?! SO glad I found T-Tapp before I read that or I would have thrown in the towel before I ever started!

    You just keep going on and on, girlfriend! HUGS to you!
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    Thumbs up

    I'm just so thrilled that I came across T-Tapp; up to that point, I did not enjoy things such gyms or exercise classes, etc, so didn't go. All I did was walk, which is a good thing to do anyway. I really was thinking there had to be something I could do at home, with hardly any equipment, that I could both enjoy and get results from. I lucked out big time!
    Maree


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    Totally! That was me, too--loved to walk, but running? Hated it! And the thought of going to a gym-- I didn't even like PE in school!

    So glad to have found T-Tapp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlessedMama View Post
    I don't know of any, Maree, but you know...you never know... You might become the first!
    Hmmmm.... I'd actually been thinking of this myself already. If there isn't anyone else at all in Australia and my results so far are so good, then more people have to hear about it, don't they, lol?! I mean, I can't keep this to myself!

    I'll have to look into what's involved. And keep working on myself in the meantime. Thanks, Trisch.
    Maree


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    Definitely can't keep it to yourself!
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