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Rinpoche’s Health – Official Updates and Practices
Khadro la has been with us for the last 7 days and has been helping Rinpoche a lot with the right side that is partially paralyzed. Khadro la has been very helpful in explaining what is happening as she can actually see the subtle aspects of the body that normally ordinary people cannot see. So from her direct experience of seeing the subtle energy blocks etc she has methods for helping the body to regain its normal functions. It’s quite amazing to see her working very confidentially and with such determination.
For the past few weeks Rinpoche has been continually saying to us that “the paralysis will take time to heal … it won’t happen soon”. Rinpoche would add .. “no matter what medicines or methods are used etc until the karma is finished my situation won’t get better”. There has been slow improvement with the right arm and muscles in the mouth … causing the slur and difficulty in speech. The right leg has improved so that Rinpoche can walk short distances unaided but needing someone nearby incase he stumbles.
Rinpoche says he has to focus a lot on exercising the right side of the body over the next months and until then will not be able to do any public Dharma activities … this means we will have to cancel all Rinpoche’s public program thru the remainder of 2011.
Rinpoche’s blood pressure is still high, it is proving difficult to get it down. Rinpoche is on insulin now and the doctors are ok with the present sugar levels.
Khadro la has given very good advice for the near future and said it’s important for Rinpoche to have rest and be in a healthy environment.
Rinpoche received a surprise visit from Osel and Gomo Rinpoche , they flew from Europe to be with Rinpoche for a several days … very nice to have them around… their mission they said is “to bring love”.
Thank you to everyone for all the prayers and well wishes … please continue … they are still very much needed.
Rinpoche circumambulates 3 times a day the relics for 30 mins. This requires no encouragement at all … it’s done with enthusiasm! Then needs to rest … which is the same after each physio therapy session. Now Rinpoche needs only a little support when walking short distances , longer distances a wheel chair is needed.
Last Thursday after the brace was fitted to Rinpoche’s right leg by the Prosthetist Orthotist … Rinpoche said “when I came back from having the brace fitted I had a rest and dreamt of His Holiness, after the dream I was able to move 3 fingers (right hand) that I wasn’t able to move before and also I could read mantras quicker, so a little bit better, slight, but can’t tell how long”. This was good news as not much was happening with the right arm, now there is a little more movement in certain directions … still a long way to go with the arm.
Speech is also slowly improving … still a slur. With all the exercises for leg, arm and speech it doesn’t take long for Rinpoche to tire … for the short time before tiring he does well, then tiredness sets in and the excises become difficult as no strength.
Rinpoche has not started acupuncture or Chinese medicine … saying according to his mo seems need to delay a little longer before starting.
I would think now we will settle into a routine for the next month or 2 focusing on the physio and lots of rest.
At Ease in Bendigo
Ven Roger Kunsang’s latest blog.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been discharged from the hospital and is now resting comfortably in a private home nearby the hospital. Rinpoche is now an outpatient at the hospital and will be going to the hospital 3 times a week for physio.
At Rinpoche’s request we have researched Doctors of Chinese medicine. From many names Rinpoche chose one and on consultation with the doctor will start treatment very soon. Both the western and Chinese treatment will be compatible, no conflict .
At “home” Rinpoche is very comfortable and relaxed and I think feeling much more at ease. Khadro la will be arriving soon and will be helping Rinpoche over the next few weeks.
Again many thanks for all the support and prayers by so many.
Ven.Roger Kunsang’s blog regarding the last 18 days.
Rinpoche is doing well in the physio morning and afternoon. Rinpoche’s sugar levels are improving he is now on insulin. Blood pressure is now close to normal. Rinpoche still gets fatigued quickly which doctors say is normal in this kind of situation, so a lot of rest is required.
Rinpoche wants to leave the hospital soon (would then become an outpatient). That may happen next week if all goes well.
Again many many thanks for everyones prayers and support.
Yesterday went well with Rinpoche , the physio’s were happy with Rinpoches progress in the pool and the gym. Quite a bit of joking and laughing going on.
Rinpoche is always keen to get into the pool by himself but hasn’t been allowed, always the physio says no … You have to be lowered into the pool by hoist. This morning the main physio says Rinpoche can try get out of the pool himself ! Rinpoche is really keen to try… We are half way through the hydro therapy … Rinpoche enjoys the pool.
Last night Rinpoche spoke for a little while and his speech had definitely improved. Then this morning he went for 1 hour in the pool for hydro therapy, in the afternoon physio again in the gym for 1 hour … the physio’s say he has improved quite a bit. Now you can see quite a difference so it seems there was a real need for rest!
Rinpoche also spoke a little of the prayers he has been doing while in hospital … for the other patients around him, for all the future patients that will come to the hospital, for the patients that will use the room he is using in the future, for the patients who will use the bed sheets he has been using, the pillow slips etc … extensive prayers!
A few days back Rinpoche had what the doctors said appeared to be a continuation of the stroke … this sometimes happens with stroke patients … in fact for the 1 month after having a stroke there is a 50% chance of another stroke. This is one of the key reasons for being in the hospital … to gain control over the blood sugar levels and blood pressure which are seen to be the conditions for a stroke if they are not at this time strictly controlled. Also to have the close monitoring which is necessary at these times. The doctor (who is a stroke specialist, looking after Rinpoche) says that usually patients are kept in the hospital for 4 to 6 weeks after a stroke.
Rinpoche is continuing with his physio therapy in the pool and gym, but this has been interrupted due to Rinpoche being very tired/exhausted … another thing the doctor says happens a lot with stroke patients.
Rinpoche will start hydro therapy again tomorrow, as well as physio in the gym tomorrow afternoon if the doctor feels he has rested enough. If all goes well and the therapy can continue then Rinpoche could be able to move around a little by himself in 1 or 2 weeks. Then Rinpoche can leave the hospital and become an outpatient (continue the therapy at the hospital under the same doctors and physio therapists while staying at home).
Rinpoche also wants to try Chinese medicine, acupuncture etc. when his situation is more stable.
It has been quite overwhelming the number of people from around the world offering well wishes, the pujas and prayers done by Monasteries, Centers and students, the offers of all sorts of help by so many. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE … A HUGE THANK YOU … please do continue.
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