Some days it’s just a struggle

Friday I got my blood work back from my chiropractor.  Unfortunately they weren’t as great I as would have liked.  My old family doctor always like to tell me I was perfect when my results came back.  Well not this time!  I have very low, basically non-existent vitamin D, my iron was a little low, my protein was low, and I had inflammation and to no surprise I have reactive hypoglycemia.   So to help with all of this I have four supplements now I have to take.  One for the low iron that smells similar to a dog food, a B12 supplement that will help with the low energy cause from have inflammation for such a long period of time, a liquid fish oil and liquid vitamin D.  Along with a suggestion to each up to 5 times a day, eating protein at all meals.

Yesterday I did fine taking the supplements and keeping with my regular diet.  I noticed I had a bit more energy, but that shouldn’t surprise me as the B12 supplement was like taking a 5 hour energy without the caffeine.  Today on the other hand was a completely different story.

I got up cleaned the house a bit as the future in-laws were coming over for lunch.  I had breakfast took my supplements.  Then our company got here we had lunch and I took my second dose of the B12.  After that sometime my blood sugar decided to bottom out.  The rest of the day I felt like I channeled the Cookie Monster.  I was eating everything in sight and it seemed like it would never go back up.  I discovered that in order to take the supplements as directed I will have to have 5 plus meals a day.  Luckily I am feeling much better than earlier, though I still have the lingering headache.  On the up side I have had tons of motivation today and have accomplished a lot of housework and writing.  I am loving this new-found energy and hoping it stick around for a long time to come!

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The Habit of Starting

First I would like to apologize for the lull in my posting.  With the onset of my shoulder pain, I used it as an excuse to quit doing yoga and my lunch meditation.  I am not proud of either, but it goes to prove I have a lot of work to do to get where I want to be.  So if you can handle my giving up and starting over multiple times I deeply appreciate it.

A few weeks ago I acquired a Kindle fire.  I love it.  It has helped with my writing, blogging, lunch time mediations and numerous other things.  When I received it came preloaded with the Pulse application.  I had never even heard of Pulse before.  I subscribed to many different websites and threads.  I tailored it to things I wanted to read and I have put yoga and mediation articles on the feed.  I came across ZenHabits.  I am not a follower of Zen ideation, but I do believe there are good ideas.  I like the idea of simplifying life.  Everything is much easier when it’s simple.

I read an article title The Habit of Starting and it had a good point.  If you want to start a new habit make it a point to do it everyday; even if you don’t have a lot of time commit a few minutes to what ever it is you are trying to do.  If it’s working out, running, meditation or even writing set aside a couple of minutes and just do it.

I am going to start starting habits instead of drifting through life.  🙂

The sweet sigh of relief

Within two visits to the chiropractor and there is an already a noticeable difference in my shoulder.  It’s still not 100%, but I am no longer popping pain medication like they were Pez.

The chiropractor believes I have an impinegment and scar tissue in my shoulder.  So my treatment plan is to massage it with a lacrosse ball, which by the way is very painful.  Gua Sha, or scraping with a plastic too, which is also very painful.  And adjustments, which is not as painful and actually feels good. I have an appointment tomorrow during lunch and I believe he will be ordering blood work during that appointment. 

I am hoping after tomorrow’s appointment to be able to resume my yoga practice!

I have been here before

As I said last month I was making a doctor’s appointment for my reoccurring shoulder pain I have been dealing with for over five years.  I have in the past been treated for the same condition with physical therapy with little to no results.  It came to a point where I quit telling my doctor about it.  We were running in circles, muscle relaxers, pain medication and physical therapy rinse and repeat.

With this new doctor I was expecting different results as last year when I saw him he was very concerned with my shoulder and spoke of doing an MRI to see what the problem was.  So I went to my appointment with high hopes of finding the root cause.  Instead I got the same old let’s do an xray and physical therapy.  No prescriptions this time, but essentially the same as the last doctor.  I would love to just go to an orthopedist but my insurance requires a referral.  So if I want to go that route it is physical therapy which has Provence to be a waste of time and money.  They like to treat me like a ninety year old woman and the exercises never exert me.

So instead of the old rinse and repeat I am self diagnosing a different plan of action, after all who knows my body better than myself.  This evening I have an appointment with a neurological chiropractor.  This doctor leans heavily on the holistic approach of healing.  I have never gone to a chiropractor before and am a little nervous and excited about it.  I will let you know how my evaluation goes.

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