Vicki's California Adventure!

Author: Vicki Ash
Posted on May 1, 2018

A long 10-day trip to California but what I learned is fabulous.  I was solo on this trip going to a place I had never been, then on to San Francisco another place I had never been. 

 My first stop was in Sonoma at the Wing and Barrel Ranch.  This was the first time OSP had been there.  We were so well received so I’m sure this won’t be the last time we will be there.  Great classes with 5 people each day and each came with a desire to learn.  Probably the biggest difference for everyone was that they didn’t have to look down the barrel and to forget about the lead and let the brain do the work.  What a relief for everyone to put the gun ahead of the target; match the speed of the target and the target breaks.  The mantra became KISS—keep it simple stupid.

This is not rocket science it’s not easy but it makes sense.  Hopefully we can find another date to do more clinics in the fall.  Keep watching our schedule and see when we are coming back.  Beautiful place and wonderful people and the cutest puppies but aren’t all puppies the cutest in the world.  Thanks to Mike Sr., Mike Jr., Melissa for a great experience.

 On to my 2nd new experience of driving to San Francisco to visit with Dr. Sergio Azzolino, a chiropractor and deals in functional neurology, rehabilitation, who we had met 2 years ago.  He at that time did some tests of all of us and at the end he asked if my balance was a little off and unsteady.  I hadn’t really thought about it but then said that yes it was a little.  He said come to San Francisco so I can work on you.  Well as our schedule has been a little less than crazy for 2 years, I didn’t take the time to call and make an appointment but as the years have gone by so has my ability to stay in balance, so this timing was perfect.  I went into the office not sure what was going to happen, and met with Dr. Azzolino and his staff.  He tried to get me to put my feet close even touching and see if I could not fall.  I couldn’t even count to 2 before I lost my balance, then he did some other things and of course I had to catch on to the wall or door to not fall down.  After X-Rays and another eye test we began our 3-day journey.  He also noticed a slight tremor in my left hand so off to the Gyro we went.  Now he had sent us a video of this contraption and I have to say I was a bit concerned but after some reassurance that this was the best way to kick start my 2 sides of the brain to start working together I agreed and it wasn’t that bad.  He started slowly and just rotating in circles while I was sitting and I had a laser in my hand that as I was spinning I had to hit the different targets as I went by them.  Ok no problem.  This would also help my reaction time as well.  So made it through that and then spent most of the afternoon doing therapy for reaction time and balance.

After hours of that I got back into the gyro for more therapy, but this time I was going to be going around faster and they were going to flip me back and forth.  Oh dear and did I mention I still had the laser in my hand and had to laser the targets as I was spinning and flipping.  After that Dr. Azzolino checked me out and gave me an adjustment and I have never heard my body make so many cracking noise but it never hurt and even the next day I was fine.  The 2nd day was very much the same as the first day, but my reaction time to the red dots was so much faster and yes the GYRO was on my list of fun things to do with more spinning and flipping back and forth but I was getting those targets with the laser—more and more each time.

We started at 8 so at 3 they let me go to see some of the sights of San Francisco, like the Ghirardelli Square and the wharf and even Alcatraz.  Didn’t realize how hilly it was till I started walking back up the street at a 45-degree angle and only had to stop 1 time to catch my breath.

 Day 3 came and we started at 9am and it was a repeat of day 2 with more spinning and flipping faster and faster each time. Now I know what the astronauts felt like but this was not near as fast as they go.  My reaction time to the flashing dots had increased by a large amount to the point that the doctors were excited and so happy that so much progress had been made in a short amount of time.  I can now stand with feet together for minutes and even able to close my eyes for a short time before falling over.  Left with homework to do each day as often as I can so I won’t loose what stability I have now.  Will need to go back in a few months but this is a wonderful thing.

 Everything we do is a BRAIN THING and due to the elasticity of the brain we can change how the brain is working.  Very Cool!!

 Off to Sacramento to pick up Gil at the airport then to Camanche Hills to do clinics for 2 days with some new folks and some repeat offenders. It is so hard to get people to stop looking at the gun in the set up and then in the shot.  The hardest thing for us to do is to get students eyes away from the gun and look somewhere else for the target.  I know many of you think you can shoot that way but you can’t do it and get the higher scores everyone wants.  Looking down the barrel puts you behind the target so I used the phrase to please insert the gun “STUPID” in front of the target and let the brain figure the lead.  Wow that took all day as student’s eyes were so close to the gun when they called pull they didn’t have a chance to get the gun in front.




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