On the Road to Health(ier)

Quite often, I take my health for granted. Sure, I deal with pain on a fairly regular basis. Some days are worse than others. And for the most part, I’m able to live my life and do the things that I want to do. I rarely let pain stop me.

green smoothieI don’t often get sick. At least, I would have said that a year ago. Since a gallbladder attack took me to the emergency room last fall, suddenly I’ve been giving a lot more attention to my health! (I’m being very intentional with my language here: I’m not claiming the gallbladder attack as “mine”, and I am giving attention rather than paying attention.)

After the attack, I was told that I would need surgery to have my gallbladder removed. That just didn’t sit right with me. I did some research, and got a second opinion. I’ve been seeing an ND, a Naturopath. We found several other issues we’ve been addressing, which affirmed for me that the gallbladder issue wasn’t the core of the problem.

We’ve addressed thyroid challenges, and low iron. Each time we find something, and improve on it, my energy improves. For a while. Then it dips again. I’m just starting to come out of another such dip.

What does that look like? Well, for me, it means having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. More than just a “five more minutes, please” kind of hard time. It’s full on conversations in my head about how it’s time to get up. Now. Move body. No, really. Move. Get up. Get up. GET UP!

It’s wanting to take a nap. Frequently. 10 am and 2 pm would be a good start. And 5 pm. Do I have to get up?

It’s falling asleep during my meditation. Every. Day.

It’s wanting to exercise, knowing that exercise is necessary and helpful, and I actually enjoy doing yoga, and not being able to actually move my body to do it. The extra hour of sleep is vitally more important than the yoga. Or even a walk. Mostly because I can’t nap.

It’s being in more pain than is usual. My body aches. It hurts to stay in bed, and it hurts to get up and move.

It’s falling back on caffeine and sugar to get me through the day.

None of this is what I would consider “normal” for me. When I’m feeling good, I have energy. I wake up before my alarm goes off. I don’t really have a problem getting out of bed. (Maybe one snooze.) I am able to meditate without falling asleep. I have a lull in energy mid-afternoon, maybe, and I get through it pretty easily. My pain levels are manageable.

I’m working on reducing my stress levels, both mentally and physically. I started making green smoothies for my lunch at work, and I have to say I’ve definitely had more energy this week. My pain levels are going down. I know I’m getting WAY more vegetable servings than I normally would. Along with following the recommendations of my ND, I feel that I am on the road to becoming healthier once again. And I love that it is not due to pharmaceuticals. (Oh, and my kids like it, too! Who knew?)

What are some of the things that you do to maintain your health?

Blessings,

Mary

Wake Up Call

Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada. And I definitely have cause to give thanks.

ThanksgivingI spent most of the last week in bed recuperating, in between trips to the doctor and the hospital trying to figure out what exactly was causing the pain that put me in the emergency room. It turns out it was gall stones. Not deadly on their own, they certainly caused me plenty of pain just over a week ago.

There is a lot of contradictory information about gall stones out there. The mainstream medical solution to gall stones is to remove the gall bladder completely. Other information says the attacks can be controlled through diet. And other information says that there are often other underlying causes that contribute to gall stones.

I also received tons of contradictory advice from many of my friends and connections through Facebook. Many have had personal experiences with gall stones, and they run the gamut from wishing they had the surgery sooner to having completely healed themselves with this or that food or supplement.

For me, this is an opportunity to explore my overall health with a naturopath, something I have been considering for a long time. I’m still going to have a consultation with the surgeon, because I am not ruling out that option. And I also want to examine all my options. If changes to my diet can alleviate the problems with my gall bladder, and also improve my health in other areas, then I will make those changes. If I still end up needing surgery, so be it, I will have made changes that contribute to my healing.

I am grateful that my body is so adaptive, and that it has such a wonderful ability to heal itself.

I am grateful to my gall bladder for signaling that there was an imbalance in my body.

I am grateful that I have been given an opportunity to examine and reevaluate my food choices in order to allow my body to operate more efficiently.

And then, of course, there is also my family, my wonderful circle of friends, the support of my spiritual community, and all the other ways abundance manifests in my life.

What are you grateful for right now?

Blessings,

Mary