Janet Sutherland, 15, Nose Over Toes discussed on Jim Bohannon

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18665 Jimbo 1866554626 for talking with the former radio reporter Janet Sutherland, who suffered a brain aneurysm. She, in fact, has another one that has not ruptured the one that did rupture. Gave her a very small chance for survival. But fortunately, in fact she did. And she has written. The book knows over Toes, which tells of her experience, and it also is a cautionary tale for people who May have this problem not even know about it. I'm wondering about prevention are the things you can do lifestyle things. I don't know. Diet exercise. What have you Uh, supplements. I don't know the might lower your risk of a brain aneurysm, rupturing. You know That's a good question, because I think after I had my brain aneurysm, I was I was thinking the same thing. I was desperately asking the same questions. And the doctors were like no, really nothing you can do, but you can Keep your blood pressure down and you can and keep and one of them said Just keep moving. And that's what every doctor said to me. Just keep on moving, and I was in a wheelchair, and I was a little bit. You can't ID because I said I can, But, you know, once I got out of the wheelchair, I thought, Well, I'm gonna Start moving. So, um Well since Covid kicked in, and I thought, well, I really have to get off my tail and start walking and keep my blood pressure down and start eating healthy and I think that's true. What everyone, Whatever kind of Illness you have you have to keep moving, and I have to keep my blood pressure down and I have to just eat healthy, Take vitamins and do the whole shebang because you never know when you're going to have a pandemic and you got to keep moving, And I think that what I've been doing Um Hmm. My my lay brain. My lay brain tells me that, uh, that high blood pressure would make you more likely to have that aneurysm rupture. Would that be correct? Yes. Yeah. Um, absolutely. And I That's exactly what I thought. When? When Covid kicked in, I thought Oh, my gosh, I have to get going because I'm high risk anyway. Yeah. And, um, it's And it's low Now it's been able to keep it. Look, I've been able to lose like 38 £40. And keeping my blood pressure low and stay healthy. But, yeah, you definitely have to keep your blood pressure because you're in danger. If you don't keep your blood pressure low, having an aneurysm or not happening, aneurysm. Because that's dangerous. You know that's going to cause a stroke, either West. You know now you were when this ruptured brain aneurysm rupture. That was 17 years ago. And I understand that you were blind and paralyzed at that time. Is that right? Yes, but that you've recovered. Uh, how? How did you recover? Was it just a natural process of gradually, the body repaired itself, Or did you undergo therapy or Or what was the process that to be blinded? Paralyzed? I mean, a lot of us would totally despair at that point, the blindness Um the blood. Um I like I said, I bled Profusely in the blood came went behind the I'm I'm going to use a non medical terms the eyeball So they doctors thought they would dry up and I would start to see well, I could only see out of the corners of my eyeballs. When I would talk to you. I turned my head. I could see out of the corners of my eyeballs. But some of it started to dry and then I ended up having surgery to remove all the blood out of behind my eyeball. It's called a bilateral that track to me. Um, Some people have had that for other odd reasons, but I have that and it did bring back my, um Vision. Surprisingly, um, my vision, which is very unusual, and the doctor was really surprised. But what happened with that is you need cataract surgery. So that was kind of a To punch but I did get my vision back. I turned 40. And then of course you need readers. And you know you turned 15 anymore Glasses, whatever. Who cares, But, um, my eye vision actually came back. Which was amazing. The doctor did not promise that at all. We were all kind of or resigned that I was going to have to go to blind school and we just were very discouraged. My parents were Animate that I would get my blinds my sight back and I surprisingly that and then there's like my, um walking. Um, When I was in a coma, my parents were kind of instructed by friends. To start moving my arms and my legs lying with them conscious. My parents and my friends and co workers move my arms and my legs. But I wasn't a comma and they move them and move them up and down and up and down and my left arm came back. Pretty quickly. So when I got out of the hospital, I went to outpatient therapy. My left arm came back quickly. And, um, I went to physical therapy outpatient, and it did come back really fast. So I've been I've been in physical and still in physical therapy because I still have Slow process, but I'm still working on that. Did you suffer two miles after Covid. I've been walking and walking and walking two miles and then I some point I started to run after cokehead. People thought it was crazy, but I still use a cane. Well, I can understand how you would become very concerned about your physical Well being. Uh, I don't think you're crazy at all. I'm curious. Did you suffer any cognitive disability any, uh, any loss of memory or reasoning or what, have you or were the symptoms all physical? I did. Yes, I did, Um Lose some memory. And in the beginning I would call my friends remember dates? Um, but I eventually figured out how to, you know, deal with that, and I would forget to eat lunch. So I would use my phone to remind mediate lunch and that kind of thing. Thank God for iPhones, but pretty much it's it's all Come back, and I'm really surprised. I never really tried to go back to radio with a little intimidated because radio went digital and big and when I was still kind of Used to the cassette stuff, you know, and I would sure can't dominated by that said that not not going to try that, But, um yeah, finally adapted to, um, some of that stuff, But, yes, I've managed to deal with that kind of cognitive stuff and administer. Come back with all outstanding suffered. Yeah, I'm fine now actually able to write a book and I survived. Well, that's that's good, and that's uh, that's uh, credit to you. Certainly your your courage and your persistence. Here's a call from Greg and Dallas for Janet Sutherland, the author of Nose Over Toes. Good evening, Greg. When you say you don't Timbaland were.

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