Lima is nearing its winter solstice in a few days time, being south of the equator, so the skies are grey and the temperatures are way below what they were when I first arrived back in April. It makes it easier to get through the day and today was a tough one after so little sleep.
After checking in to an AirBnB, which is spacious and secure, I gathered up most of the supplements and jumped into an Uber and travelled the 45 minutes to Will’s care home in San Miguel. It’s not an horrendous neighbourhood but it wouldn’t be good for a non-Spanish speaking solo visitor, but there is adequate security measures to keep our boy safe.
He looks well kempt, if not a little thinner, and has pictures on his wall which Denise kindly printed out. I would like to add more so if any of you have pictures of you and him together, to remind him of you and his friendship with you, I would like to receive them by email and collate them.
I arrived and was welcomed by Elisabeth and went up to see him and brief her on the extra supplements I would like him to receive each day. As a context, I do a part time job at a health store at the moment and I received a training from Nordic Naturals on their Omega 3 fish oil called Ultimate Omega. This supplement is a blend of Norwegian Cod liver oil and high quality sardine and anchovy oils, which by amazing coincidence come from Peru! Part of the training was about a study on providing Omega-3s after a brain injury which may help provide the nutritional foundation for the brain to begin the healing process. I learned that Dr. Michael Lewis, President and founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute is an expert on nutritional interventions for brain health, particularly the use of Omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He founded Brain Health Education and Research in late 2011 upon retiring as a Colonel after a distinguished 31 year career in the U.S. Army. Dr. Lewis is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Nutrition. He completed post-graduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and is consulting with the US Army regarding TBI and PTSD protocols.
I told the trainers at Nordic Naturals about Will afterwards and they very generously donated 6 bottles of Ultimate Omega in liquid form and dropped them off to me the next day, in time for them to be carefully packed to bring them down. Thankfully they all survived the trip in tact and will be added to his new supply of raw organic protein shake from tomorrow morning, following the recommended protocols. Although it is a little late in the game to start them, improvements have been noticed in the health of ex-American footballers in their late 50’s who have sustained blunt head trauma from earlier in their careers. Other than the occasional slightly fishy burp there are no contra-indications so it is worth following.
Thank you to Nordic Naturals for their kindness and generosity.
More tomorrow 🙂