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Please enjoy my story behind the story.

In 2012, I completely ripped my bicep off running an obstacle race (Tough Mudder). At the time I was fairly fit for 48, so I just thought it must have been a fluke accident. Then in 2013, my right knee went and I had to have surgery. Again, I thought nothing of it.

In 2014, I ripped my tricep off playing ice hockey on a very simple fall. However, this injury stopped me from doing everything, including working out. As I tried to rehab my arm after another surgery, my eyes started to lose focus at far distances combined with hallucinations. Now 50, I just thought it was a part of aging.

Then in 2015, I started to have more hallucinations and out of body type experiences that put me in the hospital for four days. After a battery of tests for petite mal seizures, everything came back normal and they sent me home.

About a month later, I was at the optometrist still complaining about my eyes and wondering if they were causing my hallucinations. Even though my eyes were vertically misaligned, she also noticed that my eyes had different readings every time I came in. Based on my history of contact sports, bouncing bars, motorcycles, etc. she sent me to see a neurologist.

By the time I got in to see the neurologist, it was the beginning of 2016. After a quick diagnosis, he sent me over to a Detroit-based endocrinologist, who handles concussions for professional football and hockey players (Detroit Lions / Detroit Red Wings). After a four hour blood test the endocrinologist diagnosed me with Hypopituitarism (A.K.A. Secondary Addison’s Disease), which apparently JFK also had. My hormonal levels, especially cortisol and GH were so low, the endocrinologist told me, that if they didn’t get it turned around I only had about 6 months to live.

Being a writer, engineer, and an entrepreneur, this disease side-lined me for two years. Losing your body functions is not fun, but losing your mind is very scary to say the least. My endocrinologist and the medication he prescribed me (i.e. hydrocortisone) have changed my life in so many ways. I almost have my mind and vision back to normal. Yes, I still have my days and need to be very regular with my medications, however, I feel very blessed to have second chance at life.

Addison’s is a silent killer that creeps up on you so slowly that you really don’t notice it until it’s too late. Most people don’t know that concussions can cause Addison’s. Actually most people haven’t even heard of Addison’s. That’s why concussion damage protocol is so important. Concussions are not just a single event. They are cumulative and if you have a propensity towards Addison’s, then contact sports will definitely accelerate your condition. So, If you know anyone that’s had a concussion I would have them tested for hypopituitarism (Secondary Addison’s Disease) by a good endocrinologist.

It also turned out that one my girls also has the antibody which increases her chances of getting Addison’s. So in reality, I probably had it as well. Which looking back makes a ton of sense, because the way I feel now, is night and day, in relation to how I’ve felt most of my life. The only way to explain it is one word, “peace”.

But this is where the story get’s interesting.

I’ve always been a curious person and some of my hallucinations were unbelievable. So in 2014, I started to write what I was experiencing and the end result was very unusual. Somehow, even while injured, my brain was able to connect beyond my own consciousness and create content. I used many of my wild out of body experiences to write Mindset Abaddon Sci-Fi novel, which was published in 2015. It’s so strange, because now when I read Mindset Abaddon, it’s like I didn’t even write it. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. I definitely believe our brains are connected to external dimensions. We are not disconnected beings, that I’m sure of.

Mindset 2 is coming January 2019.

 

 

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Last week, when I was working out at the gym, one of my buddies who had just read my new novel, Mindset, came up to me and asked, “Hey Steve, how the heck did you come up with the idea?”

My first thought was, “did you like it,” but then I remembered that I had already been asked “How” several other times over the last two weeks.

So, I decided to document “How” Mindset came about.

In 2013, I started writing another sci-fi novel, that is still not finished. One night I tried to use my phone for voice-to-text translation to record a couple key points. This process failed miserably and it prompted the thought, “wouldn’t it be awesome if someone could just think and the text would appear on the screen.”

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Mindset Prototype Designed in 3D CAD.

This thought wouldn’t go away. I started to have dreams about it and slowly it evolved in my mind into a story. So I started typing, (wish I had a Mindset at the time 🙂 ) and the story seemed to write itself. The problem was that I did not have a name for the Bluetooth headset device I had created in the book. Then around the middle of 2014, I was at my cousin’s house in San Diego and I mentioned the story to him and my failure to come up with a name for the headset. In only about 2 seconds flat, he replied, “It’s a Mindset,” and immediately I knew that’s what it was.

As I got deeper into writing the story, it required me to really put in some solid research into how Electroencephalogram (EEG) technology works. I also began to consider how the device should be designed and worn on the head.

Fortunately, having been a Design Engineer and robotics programmer for many years, I fired up some 3D CAD software and slowly designed the Mindset, incorporating the letter M into its radical shape. The material I chose was supposed to be a virtually unbreakable titanium composite that contains light-emitting diodes that emanate a blue light, almost like a halo effect, when in use. The solid CAD model I created was then later used inside the initial marketing video trailer.

I love it when something you didn’t even plan comes together.

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