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I was feeling well about myself. I was 76 and my son-in-law and I had recently finished back packing laos in the spring of 2016. We flew to thailand and took a bus north to the northwest border of laos. From laos we started our trek to the southern border city of vientiane. There were many local entrepreneurs who had SUV’s. We were able to hire them to take us from one town to the next. We had a memorable time during our journey, met wonderful people, and ate great food.

Back home I resumed my normal work out schedule, riding my beach bike 7 miles and working out at the gym. Things were going along fine and I thought I was invincible. About nine months later everything changed. On january 2, 2017 after enjoying my bike ride I felt very weak.


I went home and had to lie down. My wife harriet was concerned. She is not use to me behaving this way. She insisted I go to the emergency room. At first I resisted, I was just tired! But I was getting weaker and weaker. I finally agreed to let her take me to the ER.

The emergency room doctor did some quick tests and said I needed to go to the hospital NOW! From that point everything was a blur. I had to be taken to one of the other local hospitals so their specialists could handle my problem right away. I remember the ambulance ride to baptist downtown. My next clear memory was in intensive care being told I had had two open-heart surgeries in two days!

While I was fully conscious I applied the techniques I taught in my happiness course at the university of north florida’s, osher life long learning institute (OLLI). I used mindfulness meditation to keep my mind clear. I also used a technique I coined “agenda meditation.”

John M. McGrath is a man who inspired me in the way he handled his horrific 6-year captivity during the vietnam war. He was a young navy pilot and his plane was shot down. The north vietnamese captured him and held him prisoner for six years. He endured both physical and mental abuse by his captors. To help him deal with the abuse, mcgrath used agenda meditation by building a home, one board and nail at a time in his mind. I used agenda meditation by allowing only thoughts of a selected subject to come to mind. Part of the time I was writing this book in my mind.

My wife was very helpful. She stayed with me as often as she could and brought me food. I no longer use caffeine or sugar. As part of my research I learned about the damage done by sugars and suspected that it may have been part of why I was in the hospital. My wife brought me fresher better tasting food and beverages without added sugars or caffeine.

The nursing staff was very conscious of my condition and often asked if I was in pain and need a pain pill. When asked, I took inventory of my pain. I had some pain, but I was able to ignore it and I never felt I needed a pill. I engaged with the staff cheering them up, even the janitorial crew thanking them for keeping things clean. I found it particularly useful later in the oncology clinic. Unfortunately, sometimes, the oncology team has to reveal bad news and see some of their patients become progressively sicker.

Greek stoic philosophers and later psychology studies on a positive mental attitude show that anger, pain, and setbacks in life don’t need to be dwelled upon in our conscious. I was extremely happy that I was able to put the techniques I taught at the OLLI to benefit myself, and those around me.

After being discharged I had fluid on my lungs and anemia. While the doctors searched for the reason for my anemia, stomach cancer was also discovered. I also had a hernia at the tumor removal site. The first attempt to fix the hernia was stopped when I had pneumonia. It took 8 hospitalizations to bring my health back. I continue to be thankful for medical science.

All of this happened in early 2017, but during the entire time I remained happy and positive. I went through the steps I recommend in my course of forgiveness, thankfulness and elimination of possible regrets. When I was reminded of my mortality I simply gave the job to god. St. Paul said the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I found this very true.

My health is back 100% health. My heart is healthy without any artificial valves or stents. With the tumor removal the cancer is gone. I don’t need any chemotherapy.

I had been collecting material for my happiness course for four years and decided I should write what I learned. The result was the book: happy in intensive care.

The book explains how to effectively apply the effort and improve one’s life. Happy people have more friends, better careers, better marriages… everything in life is better. As you read, put things into practice and use it later as a reference, or pass it along to a friend, co-worker, or family member who can benefit from the information as much as you have.

The book includes happiness philosophy of the ancients, guides to happiness from different religions. Some of the latest clinical work on the subject. Along with my personal techniques and observations of life that have helped me in times of crises. Improving our happiness requires effort but it is worth it.

I am not a medical doctor. The practices I use and discuss in my book are techniques I and others have used to help them maintain a balanced, happy life. Do not stop taking any medications without the consent of your physician.