The storms have been wild this summer. Many of you may have noticed I haven't blogged in some time. I ask your forgiveness. I haven't had my machine available until today because both me and my computer have been struck by lightning.
A curious activity, first trying to fix the computer not knowing it got impacted by the lightning strike. Soon a friend who knew networks was elicited to go beyond my meager talents...to find that he pulled out a board which was a crispy critter. I guess it was time to upgrade my ten year old technology and that in itself has been extremely interesting. The leap forward showed a noticeable difference in processing speeds reminiscent to the leap from my commodore 64 providing one line remote feed during my college years to full screen dial-up. Yes I am dating myself for those of you who even know what a commodore is. I promise you it was bleeding edge technology in the early 80's. My ten year old technology was taking about 10-30 minutes to boot up just to get my e-mail.
So the technology has been recovered but I want to talk more about the lightning strike on my body. There is a percentage of folks in the world that have issues with electricity. It is estimated to 10-15% of the population with suspected inclusions would be those with lupus, fibromyalgia and autism. With those inclusions it would seem to be a bit more than 10-15%, but then again only 3% of America's population is in wheel chairs and one would think there was a larger percentage.
So the official term is Electromagnetic Hypersensitive (EHS) and the illness has been around since the 1800s when it was called microwave sickness. Unfortunately anything with an electrical or magnetic component causes injury and symptoms different per person. For example for me the red lights in scanners at local checkouts cause burning and stabs. You can think of it as a light saber, sometimes it is quite funny when I have to ask a clerk to point their scanner gun a different way. You can image I stay away from lots of technology.
I also am one of those creatures who destroy technology, even as a kid I turned off street lights and couldn't keep the time on my watch. I suspect it was inherited from my mother since she too couldn't keep the best Timex® watches set. I can't tell you how much computer related equipment I destroyed and it is very fun with automobiles being computer driven. My mechanic knows that my car's problem may only be related to the fact that I am driving. I only share this because there are the 10-15% of you out there who are probably experiencing similar symptoms without even knowing it. You may have problems with any technology including cell phones, wifi, trains, planes, mercury based lights, etc. The solution is to live as low technology as possible. If you get sick in Wifi zones, suffering headaches and migraines, you are likely to have EHS too, best to see an environmental doctor.
Getting struck by lightning isn't too odd in my EHS experience. Usually during storms I get some of the offload, with bad storms taking me a couple of days to recover. When lightning strikes in the northern hemisphere the resulting electromagnetic pulse runs straight to Santa at the North pole then to the south back and forth between poles until the full charge is dissipated. My body picks up the charges which usually results in a whole series of health issues starting with migraines. It actually is better, originally I would feel each strike as a jolt as if someone was using a Klingon pain stick on me, but I think over the years you gain a tolerance for the pain.
This particular storm hit in the night a few weeks ago just as I was headed to sleep. It struck right outside my window. I was in my faraday cage which takes out any extra electromagnetic sources as well as on a grounding pad which takes out any extra voltage my body has accumulated during the day. (The body likes low voltage for sleep.) The problem was I completed the circuit because my leg was up against the cage in a good old fashion presleep stretch and I used two different grounding options for the devices. In a matter of seconds I heard the zzzzapppp and felt the arc jump from my arm to the grounding pad.
Instant migraine! I checked my body and the air to make sure there was nothing burning before I dropped my head onto the pillow to sleep, saying 'Oh man!' First thinking Should I go to emergency? and Could they really do anything about it? Perhaps I wasn't thinking straight but I thought 'If I wake up dead tomorrow, I really won't care or really notice.' I know odd thought, but I have been struggling with an environmental illness which death was expected one to three years ago.
Over the past year, I have been working very hard to shift my focus on living again instead of continuing to wait for death. Yet I think part of me will always be ready to pass on to the great unknown, having lived the last five years at peace with the world and my role/purpose here. Any of you walking with a death sentence, I hope you will understand what I mean. Those of you not living as if you were dying; it is an interesting exercise where you get real honest with yourself and those around you.
So where am I now? The lightning stike was enough to wake me up and help me realize that my return to living has been cautious and slow. I made a kind of bucket list, but it isn't a list of things to do before I die. It is a list of the way I want to live, including enjoying the areas museums, living a simpler life and enjoying time with my friends more. Perhaps it is living as if I was dying, but I sure am having some more fun than before the lightning strike.
My hope is this story will educate some of you on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and motivate some of you to take a few minutes to look at your life as life lightning struck. Ask yourself what areas in your life you different. What would it take to get there? I encourage you to seek out your happiness!
Linda Bender is a metaphysical doctor trained as a medical intuitive. She uses over 20 life coaching and touch therapy techniques from Reiki to personal training to help you reduce stress and pain so your body invokes its natural healing ability. She is at Bender Healing on Church Street in Phoenixville. See www.BenderHealing.com or call 800-706-1354 for more information.