A few days back Rinpoche had what the doctors said appeared to be a continuation of the stroke … this sometimes happens with stroke patients … in fact for the 1 month after having a stroke there is a 50% chance of another stroke. This is one of the key reasons for being in the hospital … to gain control over the blood sugar levels and blood pressure which are seen to be the conditions for a stroke if they are not at this time strictly controlled. Also to have the close monitoring which is necessary at these times. The doctor (who is a stroke specialist, looking after Rinpoche) says that usually patients are kept in the hospital for 4 to 6 weeks after a stroke.
Rinpoche is continuing with his physio therapy in the pool and gym, but this has been interrupted due to Rinpoche being very tired/exhausted … another thing the doctor says happens a lot with stroke patients.
Rinpoche will start hydro therapy again tomorrow, as well as physio in the gym tomorrow afternoon if the doctor feels he has rested enough. If all goes well and the therapy can continue then Rinpoche could be able to move around a little by himself in 1 or 2 weeks. Then Rinpoche can leave the hospital and become an outpatient (continue the therapy at the hospital under the same doctors and physio therapists while staying at home).
Rinpoche also wants to try Chinese medicine, acupuncture etc. when his situation is more stable.
It has been quite overwhelming the number of people from around the world offering well wishes, the pujas and prayers done by Monasteries, Centers and students, the offers of all sorts of help by so many. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE … A HUGE THANK YOU … please do continue.
For updates regarding Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health: http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/rinpoches-health-updates-and-practices.html
Our problem is that inside us there’s a mind going, “Impossible, impossible, impossible. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.” We have to banish that mind from this solar system. Anything is possible; everything is possible. Sometimes you feel that your dreams are impossible, but they’re not. Human beings have great potential; they can do anything. The power of the mind is incredible, limitless.
~~ Lama Yeshe ~~