Sunday, July 5, 2015

What Doesn't Kill You

Okay, usually I'm not a whiny pants. I usually suck it up and try to get on with my life. My mother has always lived with the mantra: 
Seriously. But occasionally life sends you a curve ball and you either make time for it or you get smacked in the head and risk brain damage.

Anyway, I'm the kind of girl who thinks everything is all right. Except when I spend the better part of two years feeling like I'm suffering from a nasty cold. Doesn't make a girl feel like a princess when she's always honking her hooter or sneezing so loud that small children are terrified. Not cool. When the problems persisted, I finally spoke up. Like all my friends, the doctor said, "Sounds like allergies." 900 injections later it turns out that I am allergic to trees, weeds, grass, mold, and dust. Awesome.

Also, I spoke up about the numbness in my hands. And Ta-Da! After another horrible test, I was diagnosed with severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Even better. However, my wonderful massage therapist has been working with me to minimize the damage until I can receive surgery in the next couple of weeks.

As obnoxious as it is to find out that you're allergic to your life and that your craft is in jeopardy, it's better to find out that you can recover from it. No matter whether your passion is writing, art, mommying, or anything else, you will be more effective if you take time for yourself and your health.

These are my top To-Dos:

  • Drink water. Keep your brain and body hydrated or they don't work as well as they should.
  • Exercise. Even if it's something low impact like walking around the block. Or chasing your kids around the park. (And hey, my pool is open all summer. Come on over.)
  • Visit the doctor regularly. Ask questions about anything out of the ordinary. (Believe me, finding out that you have 20 allergies and carpal tunnel in the same two week period isn't fun. It's better to investigate things before they become serious.)
  • Search out holistic remedies. They're typically cheaper and more comfortable than traditional medicine. So why not?
  • Play. You may not think it's important, but your brain needs time to unwind too. I am at my most creative when I take time for myself. Laughter may not be the best medicine, but it certainly doesn't hurt!

What do you do to protect your health? I'd love to know. Leave me a comment! Meanwhile, I'll be all allergy-drugged-up and chilling at the pool! Enjoy!

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  1. Yoga. Drinking a cup of green tea every morning. Meditation. Reading, playing with Boo, art, sewing, etc.

    1. Excellent! The little things are so important, Robin! I wish I'd been a little more wise. On the up side, I'll be getting some much needed rest pretty soon. Thanks for dropping in! XOXOXOXO

  2. Whoa! I'm also sneezing a lot and have numbness in my pinky fingers. Sounds eerily similar! But according to my doctor and massage therapist, my fingers get numb because I have early onset osteoarthritis. Boo! So I stretch my wrists and fingers frequently, but they still feel stiff after a long day at the keyboard. Aw, getting old.

    Good luck with everything and hope you feel better soon!

    1. So glad you're listening to your body, Heather! One thing I might add in is Deep Blue cream on your hands when they get achy at the end of the day. It's from DoTerra and it's like sport cream but much better. You might want to try it out. It's been a life saver for me.

  3. Beastly by Alex Flinn. Thank you for this opportunity

    1. So fun! I loved that version too, Nicole. And especially noting the differences between the book and movie. The book had so much more usual!

    2. I thought the same thing as you, I love the movie and the book, even thought they have differences