This morning, around 6 am as I was lying in the twilight zone, half awake, half asleep, I suddenly felt a wave of electricity envelope my body, and home in on my glute where it settled. I was shocked and astonished to witness this assault. Then, not more than a second later, I felt another shock wave approach. It enveloped my body, and settled in the same area. It felt like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. I did not work out what was going on, but it happened a 3rd and a final 4th time. From the first wave, I tried to resist it, wriggle my way out of it, I suppose like an eel. I suddenly worked out what had been going on as soon as the 4th wave completed. It was locked-glute day! That was the locking event from start to finish. One minute to 6 I was free as a bird, and 1 minute past 6 I was locked up (or my glute was). Those who know me know that I have one good / unlocked day, and one bad or locked day… as regular as clockwork for the last 7 months. I feel I have caught the tail end of the locking process before, in the early hours of the morning, but never had I witnessed a full on assault from beginning to end so lucidly.
Coincidentally, I recently, I worked something else out : What triggers the end of locked-glute day? Answer, my Chinese dr. who does acupuncture on me around 6pm. He must have initiated the process. He has the ability to unlock or, at least, partially unlock a muscle, switching it off, and decreasing the hyper-tone. So that, plus tonic water at 6pm, (another trigger to start the unlocking process, and for quinine to do its magic) and just simply the winding down we all do towards evening is enough to start the unlocking phase between 6-8pm. Rewinding back a couple of months, it used to go on until midnight, easily. I’m happy to have shortened locked-glute day by 6 hours.
However, now that I have witnessed the locking process with my quasi-conscious mind, I am certain that my brain is closer to establishing control over that area. Right now those muscles connect primitively to my spine, from which they receive local commands. The brain is too weak to override that immediate link to the spine. However, I will soon be able to take charge of the area of muscles around my gluteus maximus with more precision and finesse.
I encourage all stroke warriors to research and learn about their condition. That knowledge enables one to fight more efficiently, and enjoy the recovery journey with more participation. Another reason is that with a mental image of what’s going on, we can visualize, stimulate and accelerate our own healing mechanism. It beats feeling sorry and defeated. Instead, the exhilaration of being able to actively mend ourselves and achieve progress puts us in a good mood, where we become proud of our efforts and happy with ourselves. We become true warriors. Good luck to all. Roland