Les problèmes de santé de Lama Teunsang sont bien pris en charge et il a recommencé à faire de l’exercice.

En janvier dernier, Lama Teunsang a souffert d’une décompensation cardiaque à droite, qui a nécessité une hospitalisation de cinq jours (voir Nouvelles 60-fév 2021). Des examens complémentaires ont été réalisés ces dernières semaines pour tenter de confirmer l’hypothèse diagnostique initiale. Lama présente plusieurs signes d’une péricardite constrictive : un épaississement du péricarde, l’enveloppe du cœur. Le diagnostic est difficile à établir, et ce problème est très probablement lié dans son cas à la maladie liée aux IgG4, qui l’affecte depuis plusieurs années.

Cette maladie auto-immune rare, découverte il y a 20 ans, peut affecter de multiples organes. Cela fut le cas pour Lama Teunsang, qui a régulièrement présenté des symptômes très sérieux depuis qu’il a été diagnostiqué en 2017. Ainsi, en mai 2020, des désordres affectant le fonctionnement du foie ont pu être jugulés par un traitement de cortisone, qui vient d’être augmenté pour plusieurs semaines, cette fois-ci en raison des symptômes cardiaques. En parallèle, le traitement diurétique pour lutter contre les œdèmes et l’essoufflement est maintenu. Le bilan biologique de Lama reste très correct, malgré la leucémie aigue qui est pour l’instant contrôlée.

Sophie Tartas, notre amie oncologue qui suit le Lama depuis deux ans, lui a conseillé de reprendre des exercices physiques, en marchant, pour se remobiliser après des mois d’inaction due aux mauvaises conditions hivernales.

Aussitôt dit, aussitôt fait : le jour même en début d’après-midi, nous avons retrouvé Lama marchant tout seul, de retour des 8 stupas. Il nous a expliqué qu’il venait de faire 8 tours du grand stupa et deux tours des 8 petits, seul, sans aide et sans montrer de fatigue particulière. Il a continué en disant : « Maintenant que nous arrivons à des jours plus cléments, les jours où il fait beau j’irai au temple à pied le matin et le soir. Plus besoin de voiture ! » A la question de savoir s’il n’est pas trop fatigué : « ça va, il faut que je me réhabitue à marcher. »

On retrouve comme toujours son caractère volontaire et dynamique, même si cette marche lui est pénible car elle met à rude épreuve ses genoux perclus d’arthrose. Il passe néanmoins beaucoup de temps à se reposer le reste de la journée.

Dernière information, le 19 février Lama a reçu sa deuxième injection du vaccin contre la Covid des laboratoires Pfizer, ce qui le place théoriquement à l’abri de cette épidémie. C’est un grand soulagement pour toutes et tous. 
Nous continuerons à vous tenir informé(e)s régulièrement de l’état de santé de Lama Teunsang, comme nous le faisons depuis trois ans.

Nous vous rappelons que depuis le 19 avril 2020, après la proposition de Karmapa, qui recommandait de réciter des mantras afin de se lier à Lama Teunsang, nous avons initié un comptage de récitation de manis.
Nous arrivons à presque 82 millions !
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News of Lama Teunsang’s Health

Lama Teunsang’s health problems are managed well, and he has started to exercise again.

Last January, Lama Teunsang suffered from right cardiac decompensation, which required a five-day hospitalisation (see News 60-Feb 2021). Further tests have been carried out in recent weeks to try to confirm the initial diagnosis. Lama shows several signs of constrictive pericarditis: a thickening of the pericardium, the lining of the heart. The diagnosis is difficult to establish, and in his case the problem is most likely related to the IgG4 disease that has affected him for several years.

This rare autoimmune disease, discovered 20 years ago, can affect multiple organs. That was the case for Lama Teunsang, who regularly presented very serious symptoms since he was diagnosed in 2017. For example, in May 2020, disorders of liver function were controlled with cortisone, a treatment that has now been increased for several weeks, this time due to heart symptoms. At the same time, the diuretic treatment for oedema and shortness of breath is maintained. Lama’s biological check-up remains very good, despite acute leukaemia, which is currently under control.

Sophie Tartas, our oncologist friend who has been following Lama for the past two years, advised him to resume physical exercise, by walking and with the help of a physiotherapist, in order to remobilise himself after months of inactivity due to harsh winter conditions.

No sooner said than done: the same day in the early afternoon, we found Lama walking alone, back from the 8 stupas. He explained to us that he had just done 8 laps of the large stupa and two laps of the 8 smaller ones, alone, without help and without showing any particular fatigue. He went on to say, “Now that we are getting warmer weather, on days when the weather is good, I will walk to the temple in the morning and evening. No need for a car!” When asked if he was not too tired, he replied “I’m fine, I need to get used to walking again.”

As always, his willing and dynamic character is evident, even if walking is difficult for him because it puts a strain on his arthritic knees. Nevertheless, he spends a lot of time resting the rest of the day.

Lastly, on February 19th, Lama received his second injection of the Covid vaccine from Pfizer laboratories, which theoretically protects him from the epidemic. This is a great relief for all of us. 
We will continue to keep you regularly informed of Lama Teunsang’s health, as we have done for the past three years.

We remind you that since April 19, 2020, after Karmapa’s proposal to recite mantras in order to bind oneself to Lama Teunsang, we have initiated a manis recitation count. We have reached almost 82 million!
We invite you to participate if you wish by clicking here :

This summer the programme will take place under special circumstances, since the Centre can resume activities provided that sanitary measures are strictly observed.

Whether you are vaccinated or not, whether you have a negative PCR test or not, does not change the need to respect sanitary measures.

Your presence in Montchardon implies that you strictly respect sanitary measures in all circumstances.

We are now used to these measures:

  1. Wear a protective mask in the temple during the whole teaching or practice period, in the refectory until you start eating, and in all situations where it is difficult to maintain a 1m distance with others.
  2. Hand wash with hydro-alcoholic gel when entering and leaving the temple and refectory, whenever accessing the self-service area and on all occasions when touching a collective object.
  3. Maintain a distance of 1m around yourself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around in the Centre.

Access to the temple will be limited to 70/80 people to respect sanitary distances.

For accommodation, the rooms that accommodate several people will become individual rooms, except for couples or families. The number of places in the dormitory will be reduced to space out the beds. This will allow us to accommodate about 80 people.

The campsite area will be open, and the layout of the tents should follow the same guidelines. Disinfectant will be available in all places where necessary.

These rules must be maintained in Montchardon at all times.

Indeed:

- We have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from disease, especially as we live in collective premises.

- It is important to continue to protect Lama Teunsang, whose immunity is greatly diminished, even though he has been vaccinated.

For these reasons, we are asking all those who come this summer to commit to respecting sanitary measures. This commitment will take the official form of a box to be ticked on the registration form, which will allow everyone to come to the Centre with complete peace of mind.

If you cannot or do not wish to follow these guidelines, we ask you not to come to the Centre while these rules are in effect.

The same applies, of course, if you are ill or have symptoms of the virus.

When you leave, if you need to have a PCR test, this can be done in the cities in the area. However, it will be up to you to organise (making an appointment, travelling to and from the test site), because the Centre cannot manage these procedures.