Tag - health

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Why mindful? And what does that even mean anyway?
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The Two Most Important Things In The World
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My Break Up With Joe and Why We’re Getting Back Together
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When It Rains It Pours
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Online Medical Research: A Blessing And A Curse

Why mindful? And what does that even mean anyway?

I thought I was perfectly happy living in the past and contemplating every conceivable permutation for the future, oblivious to what was going on around me in the present. This whole being mindful and “living in the moment” concept was foreign to me. I like to hang onto things—to cling to past experiences and their corresponding feelings (good and bad) like some kind of memory hoarder.  At the same time, I enjoy time travel into the future. If only I had a functional crystal ball I wouldn’t have to spend so much time guessing and imagining what lies ahead. I like to know how things are going to play out so I create possible scenarios in my head. It’s a crap shoot really. About 90% of my predictions are wrong. Or more often, by the time the future becomes the now, I’ve long forgotten what outcome I was trying to orchestrate in the first place.  My husband started learning about mindfulness years ago, long before it became a trend. And man, has it ever become a trendy. These days you can’t swing a yoga mat without hitting a millennial meditating or a #mindful hashtag.  Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon[…]

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The Two Most Important Things In The World

Avery and I have been home all week. Some random virus latched onto Avery and wouldn’t let go. And because I basically wear my child like a sweater (she likes to be close), I was an inevitable casualty of germ warfare. Cuddling in bed with a sweet little kid, watching Barbie on repeat, drifting in and out of sleep, isn’t the worst thing. Though I could do without this wretched phlegmy cough. I swear I busted a rib hacking up something that shall not be named. It’s clear to me now that I need to kick up my health regime. I have a responsibility to myself and to my family. So January, you and I have a date with a little something called, “Get up off your ass you sickly excuse making carb hogging not enough water drinking allergic to exercise blob.” Until then, I’m resting. And drinking lots of water. And slathering myself in Vicks Vaporub. I’m ashamed of myself for putting my health last. By ignoring the signs that I was getting run down, I allowed this to happen. And because I’m ill, I was unable to make the trip home to be with my family during a[…]

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My Break Up With Joe and Why We’re Getting Back Together

  I gave up coffee and now I mourn it every morn. You might be thinking, “Why would you give it up in the first place (you stupid self masochistic woman)?” It’s because of the jitters. That may sound like a fun 1950s musical group, but I assure you, the jitters ain’t fun. I’ve been on edge, worried about things — things I can’t possibly control. I thought by eliminating caffeine I might at least be able to control those pesky jitters, at least a little. So bye-bye coffee, hello pissed off, tired, she-bitch. It’s not like I drank a lot of coffee. One cup a day. Maybe two on the weekend. I’ve been off the sacred brown elixir (with the exception of a few half cafs) for a month now. And the jitters? They’re still there, lurking. I suspect they’ll remain until I learn to cope better with the stress that goes hand in hand with parenthood and WAHM-hood and general life-hood. So this morning I’m sitting here, sipping my herbal tea scrolling through my Facebook feed and I see this Reader’s Digest article, touting the benefits of coffee. *Eyes Widen, Mouth Waters, Heartbeat Quickens* It seems I broke[…]

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When It Rains It Pours

  We all have stuff to deal with. But hopefully said “stuff” is spread out and doesn’t happen all at once….like when life’s little challenges rained upon us in one intense deluge. Over the past three weeks… Daughter’s pre-op meeting with anesthetist Daughter’s pre-op general exam Grandfather in hospital Daughter’s EEG to determine if seizure activity is still present (still waiting for results) Mom gets five minutes of work done Daughter’s dental surgery Daughter’s annual blood work to screen for potential blood disorder associated with genetic condition Daughter gets Strep Throat and ear drum bursts Mom talks to her doctor about her rising anxiety and wonders if she’ll feel calm, cool and collected ever again? Mom gets Strep Throat. Daughter’s annual 24-hour Holter monitor test to assess rhythm, mom too sick to go so husband steps in Daughter’s blood work comes back “abnormal”. Mom freaks out and imagines the worst Mom, son and daughter go to Sick Kids for new blood test. Son faints. Mom questions whether 3 pm is too early to start drinking? Contractor hired to fix post-flood kitchen bails and we’re left counter and ceiling-less Mom has weird allergic reaction and breaks out in hives Another issue[…]

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Online Medical Research: A Blessing And A Curse

  With so much medical and genetics related information accessible online, many parents regularly turn to the internet to research everything. If you’re the parent of a child with special needs or specific medical issues, it’s crucial to understand as much as possible about current challenges, potential problems, and helpful therapies.   This knowledge is both a blessing and a curse. Our daughter has a chromosomal deletion. This means she is missing several genes, each with a specific function(s). This damaged DNA makes her susceptible to certain diseases. Incredibly, scientists have identified a number of specific faulty genes as the cause of certain diseases. We have a comprehensive list of which of our daughter’s genes are affected and after delving into the online world of genetic gene cards, we’re aware of which diseases may be looming. I don’t have to tell you how frightening this is. It’s like knowing your child will likely be in a horrible car accident in the future, without knowing when or where or how severe, yet you’re powerless to stop it. There’s nothing you can do, but being armed with information and a solid understanding of your child’s diagnosis or prognosis is essential in terms of[…]

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