Glenn Beck Reveals Extent Of His Serious Health Problems
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[Glenn Beck Reveals Extent Of His Serious Health Problems]
[Glenn Lee Beck (born February 10, 1964):] Source: LYBIO.net
For personal reasons, business reasons and you name it, I have not wanted to open up to you until tonight. But the real reason we have made these changes, the real reason that you’re seeing changes in me is my health.
I was told by doctors just this last spring when we moved off this stage that I can no longer work as the way I had been working because it was literally killing me. About five years ago right around the time, we met in Washington D.C. for 8:28 I had begun to have a string of health issues that quite honestly has made me look crazy. And quite honestly I have felt crazy because of them. My vocal cord paralysis, my strange eyesight problems and at first what we believe was just a simply very painful form of neuropathy. While I was at Fox, the pain would get so bad that my camera crew God bless them, my Executive Producer Tiffany; and our Director Sarah, worked out hand signals so they would know when to take the camera off of me.
We didn’t know at the time what was causing me to feel as though, out of nowhere my hands or feet or arms and legs would feel like someone had just crushed them or set them on fire or pushed broken glass into my feet. I can’t tell you how many nights, how many nights my wife would sit in the light looking at the bottom of my feet to make sure that there really wasn’t any glass in them.
At the same time, something else was happening and at first I actually thought it was an advantage, I actually worked this one, I thought this was great. And it is the answer to the most frequently asked question of me, how do you do it all, do you ever sleep? I would always say oh yeah, not a lot, the real answer was, no I could usually sleep maybe two to four hours a night. The great thing about it was I was never tired. We at a time talked about hiring a night time assistant, my day time assistant would go home and my night time assistant would start at 6 PM and work sometimes until two. That’s how much we were working and I was wearing everyone out.
The doctor’s tell me that up until recently I hadn’t had an even real REM sleep in maybe as long as a decade. I didn’t have a dream that I remember except for one in that decade. And quite honestly, this isn’t a symptom that you look to fix if you have a ton to do you’re like I don’t need sleep this is great. But the first sign of trouble that I noticed was what I call a time collapse. If we had met before I couldn’t tell you if it was a month ago, a year ago, when we were in high school, I didn’t remember I knew, I knew you, and I could remember, but I didn’t know it was last week. And I then began to lose names and faces and over time, entire conversations would go away.
This is early on, this is maybe four years ago and the doctors told me that it was normal for somebody who is processing as much as I was at the time; they say that it happens to Presidents and even Winston Churchill wrote about it.
While the essential facts remain, life becomes fuzzy, your computing power just spits that’s stuff out it doesn’t have any extra space in the hard drive. Well this was happening at the same time the pain was becoming a very big issue for me. They were telling me at the time there was no connection between the two. Then came the macular dystrophy and the vocal cord paralysis. All disconnected or so they thought. I didn’t think they were disconnected it didn’t make sense, I was healthy guy. We went to doctor after doctor we, even looked at, is somebody poisoning me, what is happening? Every doctor I went to each had a new finding and they left me with more questions and no answers. I tried different diets, I tried medications. We moved to a warmer climate yes, this is one of the reasons why we moved to Dallas. Some things made it better, but really nothing worked.
[Glenn Beck:] Source: LYBIO.net
I think the brightest thing that happened early on maybe four year ago was finding a specialist in New York, one of the leaders in the field of neuropathy. I went into his office and I honestly thought I was crazy at the time. Because I had this phantom pain and it was like somebody had just broken my arm and I swear it was real. And as I told him expecting him to look at me like I was insane, which I was beginning to believe I was he told me about a woman that he saw in the hospital the night before. She was flown in to meet with him she had the same thing. He said that she felt as though she was stepping onto a bed of spikes, every time someone would touch her or something touched her skin spikes would be driven through her.
We actually cried together in his office as he told me this and said how hard it was to examine he just kept touching her and saying; I am so sorry I have to examine you. Then there was something new that started with me, it was something was happening to my body I was going into a seizure like state, this is me actually coming out of a surgery, I’m not aware at this point. It happens when I do fall asleep, it happens when I wake up in the morning. It sometimes happens during the day, it’s most predictable if I’m on an aeroplane, that’s why I don’t travel commercially because all the press would have had a field day with this, getting on with an altitude, I think over 7000 feet and pressurization, it causes me to go into a seizure, it also happens after extreme exertion and it is worse after a performance or a speech or after a show, the staff that has been with me backstage or has flown with me over the last couple of years, usually is pulled off to the side and has a quiet talk with my wife before boarding the plane to alert them what’s going to happen to me. As sometimes, we have found that it is harder on my friends to witness then it is on me.
Most afternoons, my hands will start to shake, or my hands and feet begin to curl up I become in a fetal position. And when it gets real bad my friends just kind of try to uncurl me. It has baffled some of the best doctors in the world; it has frightened me and my family as we didn’t know what was happening.
About 18 months ago, I checked into a hospital in New York City for some extensive testing, I had some of the best doctors in the world look at me from IQ testing, you know, they did crazy tests, testing for seizures, concussions, EEGs you name it. One of the most frightening points in my life happened during that hospital stay, I was given a test for – that’s given to people with traumatic brain injury, TBI. I did so poorly on this test the doctors shared the results with my wife and didn’t focus on them with me. I never wanted to see the results. I knew I was functioning at about the bottom 10%. I knew when I couldn’t figure out simple math problems or remember a series of words, I was in real trouble.
I was told at the time that, I would have somewhere between five and ten years before I would no longer be able to function. I would be like that old man except I would be 55. We could not figure it out, something was happening with my brain it wasn’t stress related, maybe it’s some rare disorder that began as a child or something else nobody, can put their finger on it. But the life of Muhammed Ali and the way he functions was the image that was left with, without any plan to get better and things were getting worse quickly.
[Glenn Beck:] Source: LYBIO.net
I was told by doctors to go home and take a year off. This is the network that you’re building that won’t work. I was told to take a year off and enjoy the days with my children. What I had always assumed my latter days would be like we’re not so distant anymore. The great thing is, I am married to a great women Tania. Tania and I never accepted that diagnosis. But we had to find a better answer and at the same time we needed to prepare.
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