Well, hello again! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I stepped away from the life of the SuburbanistaTX while I tackled some pesky headaches. It turns out that sometimes exercise and eating right just isn’t enough to manage the stress of life as a busy, sleep deprived mom. Sometimes you need a little outside help.
In my case, the help turned out to be a Chinese doctor (or as I call him – the Miracle Worker) who goes by the name of “Dr. Joe”.
5 months ago I started getting headaches. Not just simple tension headaches, migraine-like headaches that would not go away. I tried everything to get rid of them – every OTC medication on the market, tons of water, going to bed early, and dietary restrictions. I gave up coffee. I even stopped drinking gasp alcohol! Nothing worked.
I had my brain scanned – fun! I was poked and prodded with pins and needles. My dentist checked my teeth. I had and eyes thoroughly examined. I logged every minute of pain, tracked every change in mood, climate and sleep pattern.
Nothing. That is what my new neurologist and my old internist came up with. Nothing. I am a woman who has never been seriously ill. I have given birth to two babies without an epidural. I have never had headaches before five months ago. I’ve been struggling with a never-ending, skull-splitting pain that refuses to budge and the fancy doctors can’t find a damn thing wrong with me.
Western medicine failed me, so in utter desperation, I turned East. Far East. Like, ninth generation Chinese Medical Doctor from main land China with a list of credentials so impressive I almost bowed when I met him, East.
Dr. Joe’s diagnosis – I’ve been too stressed and too sleep deprived for too long. His remedy? Acupuncture. Herbs. Stay calm. Seems pretty simple. So why did I have to spend hundreds of dollars and countless hours in various doctors offices to figure this out?
My friends have been asking me what I am so stressed out about. Good question. I don’t know. I think it might have more to do with my high-strung, mega-watt personality than a specific event. My own personality might actually be, well, not so good for me. Also, my insomnia, which I assumed all mothers suffered from, might be a little worse than I realized. My body had had enough and started screaming at me. I had no choice but to listen.
Now, I’m slowing things down. Putting my phone away. Shutting off my laptop. I’m back on my yoga mat,. I take herbs daily. I visit Dr. Joe when I feel my stress levels starting to rise. I stay in the present as often as possible. I am finally on the mend but I must work at it all day, every day. I don’t really mind, though, because I can finally think clearly again.
So, my question is, can one stay calm and rooted in the present while having a presence the social media world? I guess I will soon find out….
If you would like more information about Dr. Joe, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org