Today is January 1, 2015 and I find myself lying in a bathtub of water containing two boxes of Arm and Hammer baking soda and 1 cup of ultrapure magnesium flakes. I’m sitting here feeling very lethargic today – a feeling I had felt many times before in the past. I did well on New Year’s Eve to consume six bottles of Becks, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand, it’s a nonalcoholic beer at 0.0% alcohol per volume. So it’s not a hangover that this is about, just one of those lazy days where my body doesn’t seem up to snuff. You see, I’m a double transplant recipient having received a heart in the year 2000 and a kidney in 2003. Ever since receiving the organs, I have spent a great deal of time and energy learning about health, the purpose of life, and researching holistic techniques, herbs, meditation, and subtle energy healing methods. At present, a great deal of my time, energy and focus goes to ensuring that my body stays healthy. Something I never really had to consider before then. Over the years, while making these life-saving efforts, I have experienced many highs and lows, good and bad times, some mundane and some very noteworthy; a real potpourri of emotions and realizations. As a result I’ve made a pact to begin blogging about my life experiences.
When I lay in my hospital bed for six months from January through June 2000 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, I pondered my life and whether this was to be the end. “People die all the time,” i thought to myself, “Why would the universe allow me to survive while others perish? What would be Important enough to keep me around?” I figured it had to be something useful and not anything that anyone else could easily do. “Maybe I could be an example? Maybe my suffering is not in vain? If I persevered, maybe that example could help others going through similar tough times as proof positive that one can make it?” In the end, I determined that in order for me to be kept alive, I made a pact with Spirit that my life could be used as an example for others to heal, or to make it through difficult times and THAT LIFE would be worth saving.
To further that effort, I’ve revamped my old website the Healing Digest from a content site to a WordPress blog format in preparation for weekly (or more frequent) posts about my life, metaphysics, healing modalities, and similar topics. So here I lay in the tub beginning my first post. Why the tub? I have historically been a bit of a procrastinator and as the day went on I realized that I had better get started no matter where I was. Thank goodness for speech to text technology which eliminates the need to type this dialogue while immersed in water. I’ll apologize in advance that this post will be more or less a bit of a skim as I will not go deeply into any particular topic. The reason for this is that many of the items that I have covered so far will make a blog post in and of itself in the near future. So please bear with me as I continue my brief overview of things to come
Having said that, the bath with baking soda and magnesium flakes is multipurpose and very therapeutic. Briefly, baking soda also known as sodium bicarbonate is a strong alkalizing agent. Sodium bicarbonate in the bathtub allows bicarbonate ions to diffuse through the skin into the bloodstream and into cells and tissues bringing additional oxygen to those cells and tissues. The magnesium flakes are a condensed form of magnesium chloride and supplies magnesium – which is a an important element within the body – also transdermally (through the skin). The magnesium helps to correct the muscle-tightening effects of calcium thus allowing muscles to relax. It is also useful to combat inflammation within the body and aid in cellular repair. Lastly it interacts with the mitochondria within the cells to help produce energy for use by the body. These two basic substances provide the needed one-two punch when the body is down and helps to bring back vitality in a short period of time, and without drugs or pharmaceuticals.
As a brief overview to my health troubles, at 32 years of age I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, or kidney disease. At that time I thought I was still very physically fit and since one’s kidneys regulate the fluid levels in the body – a key factor in determining blood pressure – I thought that the heavy pulsing of blood throughout my body was akin to adrenaline and that I was more or less just really pumped all the time. That caused me to continue running, working out, playing basketball and other sports at the highest level I could attain. Any symptoms that I was experiencing I managed to write off as something dismissive. For example, as I began to have water retained around my ankles, called edema, I told myself that I was maybe just having too many salty foods and was retaining water. As I look back on the other signs, and now that I know what all the symptoms of renal failure are, I had a lot of them but continued to tell myself it was something else and that it would go away in time – as all previous ailments had before. As the high blood pressure raged on, it began to damage the other organs in my body. I’d like to say the one most effected was my heart, but in truth, I have no idea how much any of my other organs were damaged in this process as well. But the reality of it was, my heart was damaged by effects of the kidney disease, became enlarged with a thin, flimsy framework that struggled to beat forcefully enough to satisfy my large 6’3″, 220 pound frame. I slowly became weaker and weaker until finally admitting myself to the hospital to wait for the life-saving organs to become available for transplantation.
So that’s just a little teaser of what is to come and there are many, many more events surrounding those basic benchmarks that are worth blogging about. It is my hope that you will join me in my journey as i recount past events while providing insights into life’s purpose that I have gleaned throughout the experience. Perhaps you will find something that resonates with whatever is happening in your life and together we can find a way to survive the trials that are inherent in this lifetime together.