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.
Last night Rinpoche spoke for a little while and his speech had definitely improved. Then this morning he went for 1 hr in the pool for hydro therapy, in the afternoon physio again in the gym for 1 hr … the physio’s say he has improved quite a bit. Now you can see quite a difference so it seems there was a real need for rest!
Rinpoche also spoke a little of the prayers he has been doing while in hospital … for the other patients around him, for all the future patients that will come to the hospital, for the patients that will use the room he is using in the future, for the patients who will use the bed sheets he has been using, the pillow slips etc … extensive prayers!
For updates regarding Lama Zopa Rinpoche¿s health: http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/rinpoches-health-updates-and-practices.html