Category Archives: Health

Stop, Breath, Center, Observe

Self-awareness is crucial to our wellbeing, our happiness and reaching our goals in life. Our sense of self has the coding so to speak for “the map” we have in our head that tells us who we are and where we are in the world.

When you are having a crisis:

“Stop!

  • Don’t act or react.

  • Breath.

  • Center.

  • Observe:

 

What is the big picture?

Have I felt this way before?

What does this situation remind me of?

How was I feeling right before the event?

(I was tired, I was happy, I was already

upset, I was not paying attention.)”

Play to Win, by Larry Wilson, pp. 95, Bard Press

 

Take this test:

http://counsellingresource.com/quizzes/goldberg-bipolar/index.html

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

Permission to Succeed

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I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is crucial to our wellbeing, our happiness and reaching our goals in life. Our sense of self has the coding so to speak for “the map” we have in our head that tells us who we are and where we are in the world.

When a child is about two-years old he starts to be able to distinguish his needs from others, this self-consciousness or self-awareness that his identity is separate from others, and the ability to feel pride and shame.

As an example put a touch of rouse on a child’s cheek then hold up a mirror. If she touches the rouse on her own cheek, rather than the reflection in the mirror, then she has become aware that she’s the child in the mirror.

Our map (the imaginary one in our head) may no longer be serving our highest and true self. Our career, our relationships, our goals in life may be at an impasse due to our inattention or a self-image that is not what it should be. Because we have the power to choose, we can choose to change. We can create a new vision, a new map and chart our future in a different and more successful direction.

“Determine what’s in your best interests:

  • Is my thinking helping me to protect my life and health?

 

  • Will my thinking help me to achieve my short- and long-term goals?

 

  • Will my thinking best help me avoid my most undesirable conflicts with others?

 

  • Will my thinking help me feel emotionally the way I want to feel?”

 

Play to Win, by Larry Wilson, pp. 109, Bard Press

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

Permission to Succeed

On Sale Now! @

http://tinyurl.com/2fyhqd5

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

* * * * * * * * * * * * Wishing You Happiness * * * * * * * * * * * *

 

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves,

and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”

–Agnes Repplier

Sending out love to all of you this Christmas

and wishing you success, health and happiness

for the New Year.

Cordially,

Zak Klemmer

 

I am available for personal consultations, for

an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

Physical Therapy

My Ordeal With Sciatica (part 4 of 4)

By Zak Klemmer

 

I had to find a substitute for taking Ibuprofen because to undergo surgery taking an NSAID drug like Ibuprofen will interfere with clotting. So I had the scripts filled and started to take those two drugs. I started to have all the side effects listed in the product disclosure.

I had the injection and afterward I had the same symptoms in both legs – I now felt numbness in both legs and feet. And I still had the back pain periodically. It was now seven months past October 2003. I felt defeated because my condition had worsened.

I had to find an answer as my memory was still fresh of having the ability of riding my bicycle 10 miles without tiring. I saw an ad for spinal decompression that was offered by another chiropractor. Since it was not covered by my insurance the expense was out of my own pocket. I had about 50 of the decompression treatments but my progress was very slow.

Now I did have excellent insurance but medical treatments under my HMO was decided by the medical group that my primary care physician belonged to. Under the insurance there was a six month waiting period to change medical groups to have the same condition covered. After I decided not to have another spinal injection I could change medical groups. During this time I came to know my father’s doctor from taking him to his appointments. I quickly learned the difference in the quality of care between the two.

I discussed my condition with my new doctor and she referred me to a physical therapist. The physical therapist taught me stretching exercises, primarily working my core: abdomen and back muscles and my legs. He advised me to join a gym so as to strengthen all the muscle groups to support my spine.

We had to put my father in a nursing home, at 96 he needed more care than I could give him at his home. Soon after I was offered a career position in Tucson, which I accepted and was then able to move back to my home in August 2005. The stretching exercises helped to improve my condition. I had fewer symptoms of numbness and the occurrence and severity lessened over time. I did procrastinate joining a gym until September of 2006. After I finally started weight training, within a few months at the gym I noticed a great improvement in my condition; I had regained strength in my legs. I could sprint across the parking lot to get out of the rain where before I had trouble walking up a 6% grade.

I have very few symptoms now as I can use a seated leg press and lift 300 pounds with my legs; I started at 90 pounds in September 2006. The bottom line is that one must take responsibility for one’s health- disinterested parties such as the medical establishment will not put your interests ahead of theirs- so you must look after your own self-interest first.

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

“Motion creates the self.” –Nathaniel Branden

So get moving!

 

 

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

Running Through Their Hoops

Sciatica Part 3

I am happy to report my physical condition is in the best shape since my initial disability due to sciatica and in some way superior as I’m at a proper weight and my exercises, stretching and weight training have improved my health. So this Thanksgiving 2010 I have much to be thankful for- now back to October 2003.

I expected that that I would get relief for the pain and my body would be back to normal in a month. I was sadly mistaken. The delay from Friday evening to Monday evening in seeing a doctor must have caused further irritation to my sciatic nerve. My doctor not writing any prescriptions took its toll on my condition, from October 20 to January 26 –in three months I had lost muscle mass in my right leg. I was in pain and had difficulty standing and walking. During this time period I was bounced around from my primary doctor to a neurologist then was sent for a MRI and back to my doctor again in January.

Then I was sent to a pain clinic and to a neurosurgeon. I didn’t make an appointment to the pain clinic but went to see the neurosurgeon. I gave this a lot of thought writing down a detailed history of my condition back to June 1998 forward. The doctor looked at my questions then told me that they were indeed excellent questions but that this was only a consultation and it would cost $1,000,000.00 to answer all my questions! Then he sent me to Centinella Hospital to get another MRI with some technical jargon why the first MRI wasn’t clear enough. I had the MRI as instructed then returned to see the brain doctor.

I had also started seeing a chiropractor in February and also purchased an inversion swing to relieve pressure on my lower back. My progress was so slow that I wondered if I would ever be able to walk briskly and run again. I would go to Hermosa Beach after work and walk on the strand listening to music and people watching. Pier Avenue is a steep slope from the beach area to Pacific Coast Highway. Climbing up this slope was very difficult.

In returning to the neurosurgeon, the first words out of the brain doctors mouth were: “I’ve got good news for you- there’s nothing wrong with your back!”

Well exxcusssssssssseeeee meeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! I was still suffering. No apologies to Steve Martin.

The brain doctor pushed me off on a pain clinic doctor so I made the appointment. At the appointment the doctor wrote two scripts, one for a muscle relaxer and another drug that is commonly given to Epileptics. We discussed having a steroid- cortisone injection into my spine. I knew that athletes had them for pain so I gave my approval.