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Back Pain/Neck Pain/Migraine Issue Solved!

8 Oct

Well, I’m embarrassed to even write about my morning. Mainly because everything that happened was because of me, and not external forces. I called the doctor’s office at 8am to make an appointment today since my migraines have been getting worse. The first time I called, the woman who answered accidentally hung up on me. No big deal, just call back, right? But I was fuming since I had to wait another 15 minutes on hold while other people were booking appointments. I finally got in touch with someone and scheduled an appointment for 10:40am.

I went to hop in the guest shower so I wouldn’t wake up my husband (perks of being bankers–we get random holidays off!). Well, that didn’t work out so well. The shower in the guest bath was too hot, so I turned it down. Still too hot. I turned it down further, still too hot. After turning it down more it got ice-cold. I went through this several times, never getting it to a reasonable temperature. Instead of calmly turning off the shower and going to the master bath, I threw a fit. Cursing and yelling, I stomped into the master bath, waking my husband and probably everyone else in the neighborhood.

After arriving at the doctor’s office for my appointment, the receptionist started asking some suspicious questions. Finally she said, “Your appointment is Wednesday.” Uh…no, it’s today. I just lost it, and luckily for the receptionist and my reputation, that meant crying. She ended up booking an appointment for me later today with another doctor.

I cried most of the twenty-minute trip home and for about another five minutes to my husband. I’m sure, at this point, you are all thinking what’s the big deal? Well, after being in pretty much constant pain for two months, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I dragged Nathan with me to the doctor, and I’m so glad I did. After doing an examination, the doctor could tell it was purely muscle issues, and since I’ve had x-rays, he knew there was nothing wrong with my neck or spine. He asked if I get stressed. Nathan was more than happy to answer that question, and as I’m sure you can tell from my morning, the answer is a resounding YES. The doctor said the area hurting was from tension, and it’s caused by stress. He then asked me how I handle stress, and I told him by running, which I clearly can’t do now. He suggested I try walking and keep up with yoga. The yoga is something I really need to keep at but is one of the things I drop if my day becomes busy or hectic. I feel bad getting home from work and shutting myself in a room for an hour. But if it will help reduce my pain and contribute to me being a functioning person who doesn’t get upset by the smallest things, I need to do it.

I think women often put themselves last. We get home and want to cook a good meal for our family, spend time with our husbands, and help everyone else. But if we can’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of our families. I think we often see it as being selfish. But how selfish is it to take an hour a day to yourself when the benefits will linger on for much longer than an hour?

So goals for this week–

-Walk at least 20 minutes in the morning with the dogs

-Do a half an hour of yoga after work

-Meditate for 10 minutes a day

This is my prescription readers, so hold me to it!

What do you do to reduce stress? Any other tips? 

Nature always calms me

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Vacation In Photos

24 Aug

Vinyasa Yoga

When I’m on vacation I try to find a gym to buy a day pass at or a yoga studio. I also go for runs, which is a great way to tour neighborhoods and look at houses (my favorite). I was able to find this studio online. They offered one week of free yoga for $20. I was going to go twice but Tuesday morning I woke up with debilitating cramps. I had six ibuprofen in three hours (P.S. Don’t do that at home; I was desperate).

Eazy E; The reason Edie is not allowed in Portland

Edie isn’t allowed to stay at Uncle Adam’s because of this gangsta. When a dog was brought to their house, someone ended up in the hospital due to cat injuries. Edie stayed with Aunty Elisa.

But he looks so innocent...

I wake up super early so I went to an amazing café for breakfast to blog. It’s called New Deal Cafe and they had an abundance of organic and free range options. I was really impressed and would go back there in a heart beat.

Mango Black Tea, Breakfast Burrito, and Potatoes

Kennedy School

We hit up one of our favorite breweries in Portland, McMenamins. We went to their Kennedy School location and played pool in the Boiler Room Bar. If you aren’t familiar with McMenamins, I recommend checking out their website. They purchased an old school and turned it into a hotel with several bars, a movie theater, a restaurant, a brewery and soaking pool. This place is a MUST see.

The last day in Portland I went to the Whole Foods near my BIL’s house. They have a tea café that has at least 50 different choices of tea. I could not leave without checking this place out.

Black Lychee

Here are a couple shots from our journey from Seattle to Bremerton at the beginning of the vacation. Sorry, I did this a little backwards!

Yes, that is a dog riding a bull and yes, I would've ridden the bull but I was wearing a skirt