But even if your not really so bad off, yet, but your in need of some help to make your health/fitness more balanced, & more of a priority, before you get where I was, (remember the old addage; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!) I just wanted to share my story, so people will know there is hope, & help, out there at your finger tips, where you can conveniently turn for motivation and direction, even if you aren't as fortuneate as I am, to have it in your circle of family & friends!
I was very fortunate to have my grandson help me through my near fatal (at least permanently crippling) ordeal, who happens to be a professional fitness coach, who is now getting tremendous results for his many clients, globally, as he did for me, by pioneering online coaching/consulting.
Even when he couldn't be there for me in person, all the time, he was here via the tele-phone & online, with his tremendous motivation & progressive, goals oriented training, helping me get the results that we're NECCESSARY for my survival & independance!
I've always been a man of great spiritual faith, but I was in fear for my life many times in the past year, from the bone deforming, excructiating, crippling, debilitating pain I was in from massive rumatoid arthritis bone spurs & deformities disease. I felt like Job of the bible, with one crippling infliction after another...I was in & out of surgeries & recoveries, and had to wear a neck brace about an entire year, in '99-2000! After my many, almost daily, foot surgeries, over a 2 week period, in which my doctor, daughter, (who was visiting for support, from the mid west), & grandson we're focused on saving my foot from a serious bone infection, & therefore my independance. After these almost endless surgeries, I rehabed well, & was able to walk much better, & actually take my annual trek back home to the midwest to see family & friends, in a couple months....
I had thought for some time that I wouldn't be able to make the 2000 mile cross country driving journey, alone, any longer, when the rumatoid arthritis pain & balance problems forced the surgeries to begin again. You see, I had the same problem a year previously, and a surgery putting steel pins through my toes & into my foot, only temporarily helped the condition. My old decreped toes kept deforming to the side of my foot on me.
My grandson's coaching nature started kicking in, at this point, so he put me on a genreal conditioning exercise, & stretching, program with a good diet of high protien & complex carbs, and, he wouldn't let me sleep all afternoon (which I thought was cruel, at the time, unitl I saw the extra energy & strength I recieved) because of my strength from the general conditioning from my healthrider, I was able to make my annual trek back home, with no problems! My prayers we're being answered with the help of my doctors, my grandson's coaching, & thanks to my strong willed nature.
Needless to say, the stress from the pain, and the falling down instances (I even fell into a window in my bedroom once!), was overwhelming to an 85 yr old person, & my weight was dropping fast, and all this was even affecting what had always been, my strong will to live. I was quickly become over emotional & very weak, which is just not me at all! Something had to be done fast...the prognosis was another surgery, just a few months after the 2 weeks of daily surgeries on my foot.
My grandson TOOK ACTION, by putting me on a daily exercise program, & he was very firm, pushing me to do more reps & time each day. At this time, I remember, I could only do 10 reps, painfully, on my healthrider, & then I had to rest the remainder of the day! I was falling down, & up, steps... drastic steps had to be taken, immediately!
The ortho surgeon had to cut out 3 vertibrae in my cervical spine & replace them with a bone! WHEW! This was quite an ordeal, even if I were a young person, to go through so much in such a short time, was enough to make me lose my will & almost my mind, at my age!
But, I was fortuneate, I had my grandson's fitness coaching expertise to see me through, ( he had me up to doing a few hundred reps on my healthrider daily in a few weeks!) and the prayers of my church friends, helped us both get through the surgery & into the recovery period with flying colors, & no complications... that is, ....almost...
A few days into recovery, a nurse at the managed health care rehab facility, took it upon herself to go against the doctor's orders to not take off the very restricitve, complicated neck brace, & she rather insensitively removed it with a bit of a quick jerk, (DUH) to check for infection. I was too weak to stop her...but i kept telling her; "NO, No, don't take it off, the doctor said not to!"
She didn't know how to put it back on correctly, and when my doctor saw me at my check up, it was lose, a few days later, & he hit the ceiling! He wanted to know how that brace got lose....I told him how the nurse jerked it off of me, and he was furious! He took my x-ray, and discovered that the surgery didn't take, the bone was out of place because of the nurse's mal-practice!
This surgery, which I was fearing the most, was shorter than the last, and I recovered quickly, getting out of rehab within a week, because of my physical strength from the exercise program I was on. I had a minor adverse drug allegery, which a nurse finally recognized as such, about the time my grandson did, so I stopped taking that pain medication & the rash went away. But I was back on my grandson's program immediately, gaining about 100 reps/month on my healthrider,(HR) and working up the reps on my squats, lunges & other strength exercises, as well!
I now knew the exercise was really working & was what really saved my independance, & my probably my life, through all the surgeries. I continued to increase my strength, even at my age, up to doing 550 HR reps at once, and 100 squats & lunges in 3 sets! How many 60-70 year odls can do close to that?
I felt stronger & healthier than I had in over a decade! My hearing even improved from sharper mental acqueity....I guess the improved physical strength affects the mental strength too...I was able to focus on listening better, & therefore I could hear better. I was about 1/2 deaf even with hearing aides, but now it's only a fraction of that, maybe 1/5.
Despite some recent lower back pain from rumatoid arthritis spurs & a deformed vertibrae there, I'm making the annual trek back home again this month! I'm taking pain management medication, at the recommendation of my grandson, not the doctor's (he just wants to do more surgeries) and have other surgeries for the rumatoid arthritis, to be done on my hands & shoulder, that I'm putting off for awile.
After vacation, I'll get back on the regular exercise program, and consult with my grandson, when he's here, and on the phone & online via e-mail, otherwise...isn't technolgy great to be able to bring expert help into your home like this?!
I'm going to be alright for many more years, thanks to coaching & to TAKING ACTION! You now have the chance to get on a balanced fitness program, whereever you are, whatever condition your in, if I could do it with all the rumatoid arthritis trauma I was facing, at my age, anyone can do it!
The sooner you TAKE ACTION & get on a progressive, balanced, fitness coaching program of journaling (writing down your daily goals & accomplishments in a log notebook), like I am, the better your chances will be, & the less the fear, later on, when you face your trauma, which we all do sooner or later!
I hope in sharing my story of "survival of the fittest", I am able to help someone decide to "GET FIT" and live the fitness balance lifestyle that I'm now living at age 85! Even if this article just helps one person have a better quality life, I'll be happy:}, that I could help with my gratitude, to my grandson, in this way. I would also like to repay my grandson's valiant coaching efforts by publishing this in many places & by giving you some contact information for him, Coach"T", Scott Thomas Cook.
Scotty led his college football team to 2 NCAA defensive titles, with the school's best ever undefeated season, won Mr Indiana AAU bodybuilding championship, & was the #1 personal trainer, leading the #3 staff, in the world for Bally's, so I am, and you can be also, in good hands with his highly SUCCESSFUL, championship style of coaching! He can help you, as he has helped me SO very much in my, recently dim, but now BRIGHT, & glowing, golden years.
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You can e-mail Scotty at: email@example.com or call 800-510-1WAY (929) pin #03, & visit his online coaching, TRI-SUCCESS website at www.personaltraining.org to take the fitness survey & get a free tele-consultation (he even offers a complimentary week trial) with the best in the business...I'm very proud of him, I guess it does all come back to you someday, ...you see I adopted Scotty & raised him to be strong, helpful, & honest, from 3 years old! 8D
So, I'm also a father to him...I am still watching Scotty grow, (hehe) & It does my old heart enormous good, to see how many people he helps, in so many ways, with his powerful wealth of SUCCESS & fitness knowledge!
Please gIve him a shout & tell him grandpa sent you...he coaches SUCCESS & fitness very effectively, through goals, motivation, & progressive journaling, via e-mail reports & consultations, in ANY area you need help/SUCCESS in! It really works...I'm living proof, and so is my great grandson, Scotty's 13 year old son; Austin Blake Cook, who is a Jr. fireman, a math & science wiz (won the state with his science fair project) & a wrestler on his school's undefeated team! Scotty coached him as an ast. in all sports, and has him computer literate at his young age!
Thank you for reading my survival story! Take ACTION & JUST DO IT! It's never too late to "GET FIT"!
William Lloyd Cook, 85 Okeechobee, Fla. 863-467-4660
PS I would be glad to tell my true story in person, on radio, or TV, if you want to give me or Scotty a call, or e-mail. The more people we can touch/reach the better for us all! :}
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