Migraine, Jeffrey, Charlotte Medical Center discussed on How to Live A Fantastic Life
He would walk out of the hospital anyway. 6 weeks later, he did just that. Jeffrey's journey has led him to embark on a new career as a flight structure and author and a motivational speaker. Greetings, Jeffrey. Greetings, doctor Allen. How are you doing? I am fantastic. But let's go back to this catastrophic event that happened. When did that occur? It began in June of 2012 with a headache that made its way into a migraine headache and the migraine was the worst migraine of my life. So I went to the family doctor and he immediately saw I was in trouble and had me transported to the emergency room of the hospital so they could take care of me. And that's when this catastrophic turn of events came on, you probably were put on an MRI or a cat scan immediately and they looked inside your brain and there was this darn aneurysm that was causing a lot of problems. Yes, actually it was quite interesting how that unfolded fate made it may have intervened there. The emergency room doctor ordered a cat scan, they sent me down for the scan and I was photophobic at the time, couldn't handle light anymore. And when the technician finished her work, she knelt down next to my ear and she said, I was told to only do one cat scan of your head and I decided to do one of your neck also because it just seemed appropriate. And thank God she did because the aneurysm and dissection of my right vertebral artery were at the base of my skull in the neck photo that she took. So thankfully she did that or more than likely I wouldn't be sitting here right now. Wow, that is a bit of fate that we're taught in there. She must have had some twinge, maybe from what the symptoms that you were having. I don't know what caused all that, but I was so thankful that she did it. Like I say, it just seemed like a leap of faith or something with fate that she chose to do that. And I was very thankful that she did. I suppose you were immediately put into surgery. Now they transported me from mooresville, my hometown, about 25 miles south to the Charlotte medical center. And a neurosurgical team took over and put me in neurosurgical ICU for ten days. One to observe me, but two to see if they could use medication to reduce the size of the aneurysm and not need to go down the road of surgery. Wow, was it somewhat successful? Now, at the end of the ten days, the lead surgeon came in to tell me that the medication was not working. And my only other choice was surgery to correct, but I needed to know going in that I had less than 25% chance of surviving the surgery. And I told him, well, you know, 25% is better than nothing. So let's do what we need to do. So we can see if I can survive this. When I woke up after the surgery, hours later on a Monday morning, I very quickly realized I was paralyzed. I couldn't feel anything from my neck down. And the panic and everything else that came with that began and the doctor came in some time later to say the surgery was successful, but I was paralyzed and more than likely I was never going to walk again for the rest of my life. To get the success from the surgery that you're going to live, but now you're not going to be what you thought you'd be. I mean, you were a vibrant person. You were living a great life. You were going and doing what you dreamed to do. And hear all of a sudden it changed. Yes, it's an amazing thing when you're independence has been taken away and you've led a healthy life up to this point as I did and now I'm faced with this. But beyond the panic of what was and shock of what was happening at that moment, the first thing on my mind was, hey, you can still use everything from your neck up. You can see you can breathe, you can talk, you can think. So now it's time to start figuring your way out of this. And the first dilemma that I came across was there's no instruction book for this. So what do I do first, second or third? And how do I start finding my way out of this? And I needed to start figuring out how I was going to build this mouse trap of mine to figure my way forward, but the other thing that I told the doctor when he spoke to me was I wasn't down and out and I would walk out of this hospital. And 6 weeks later, though it was ugly, I was still able to put one foot in front of the other, couldn't feel either of those feet or legs, but I was able to use a walker to make it out to the car. Wow. That's pretty amazing. You know, this is the difficulty. I think I'd like her listeners to realize, you know, there's a time in your life that all of a sudden something can happen that changes the course a 180°. It life is uncertain. And the only thing that is certain is the uncertainty of it, that life can change in a minute and literally change where it is. And that's where you have to draw down on these deep, deep powers that are inside of you to really turn it around and become something that draw in those so you can get to where you want to be. Absolutely. Yes, when I committed to what I was going to do, I told myself over and over, do this because you want to do it. Don't do it because you have to do it. You know? I think those are the key messages. One of the themes of my book, the secrets to living a fantastic life. It's not what happens to you. It's what you do with what happens. And I think that's what people have to reel that it doesn't really matter what goes on in your life. It's who you address it. It's how you make things moving forward. That's how you literally take a blueprint and make it new again for you so that you can do as you want to do, not as you have to do. I couldn't agree more with everything you just said there. You have to figure out at.