2) This did bring something to mind that I'd never thought about before. The person that was telling me about this was sincere about "keeping them in our thoughts." It was interesting, because it seemed that she could tell this was very important, though she also seemed to feel that it wasn't quite enough. Perhaps because will undo what is, that is why it's not enough. But maybe she recognizes the need for prayer, though of course she could not or would not acknowledge it as such. Yet, anyway. In any case, whether she recognizes it as prayer or not, I'm pretty sure God will recognize and honor it as such. And I need to remember to pray for this friend as well, because I think she would love God a whole lot if she could come to know Him.
3) My brain is fried. I do not feel quite as burnt out as I have been, but I think the crazy ridiculous schedule is going to continue for a while, which will be difficult. At least this week has been much less crazy than anticipated and I've had a couple of things come up where I'll be taking a couple hours extra off work. It's not much, but it'll help. (Especially since we're working on Labor Day. Really? I could take it off, but I'd rather take a less busy weekend off.)
4) Part of the brain fry is the studying. There are the con ed units that I need. I'm currently studying hamstring injury, but I'm finding it a little boring and too isolated. I'm also doing a LOT of studying about chronic pain. Now that is freaking fascinating. I have treated a number of chronic pain patients through the years, and I can only make limited headway in treatment; and that seems to be easily lost. It's almost as frustrating for me as it is for the patient. And here's something that may help significantly more.
5) Seriously, the chronic pain stuff is fascinating. I may have talked about this some before, because it's been a focus for the last several months, but the part of the brain that gives us the "fight or flight" response (and more recently recognized is also the "freeze" response) can get triggered by a number of things that lead to chronic pain. But it can also be a little ramped up in most of us due to the chronic stress in our lives. It is amazing what this part of our nervous system affects: ability to sleep, increased trigger points (tight knots or painful areas in the muscles), mental fog, change in hair and nail growth, hormones, blood flow, heart rate, blood pressure, suppression of reproductive systems, TMJ and on and on. I know that since I've been learning how to manage this for my patients, I've been able to decrease the amount of pain that I have from those chronic stress spots and headaches. And I'm possibly the least traumatized person out there. Which means that there is something that could potentially benefit everyone. I think I've mentioned before, this is dealing with- in a very concrete way- where the mind/body connection occurs and causes physiological responses.
There's so much that I want to write about this, but I don't know where to start.
6) My charts are all kinds of messed up. I think there may be an infection because of new stuff I've seen in the last couple of charts, but I also still think there's low progesterone. I'm not too worried about that part right now, but I'd still like to talk to the dr. about it. Of course, this will all be a simple matter of picking up the phone and setting up an appointment, right? Riiight. I hope so, but it's going to involve a fairly long distance drive, because there's obviously no point going to anyone but a Napro dr. I'm not as far away as some people, but there are still too few around. I'm not going to one of the regular ones that just wants to do an annual, offer BC pills and kick me out the door. Nor do I want one that looks at the fact that I'm fairly regular, so all's well and that's that. I want someone that can actually look at my charts and recognize that they're not pretty, and I don't want to have to try to explain it or convince them. In fact, I would like to see someone that knows more about it than I do. So, drive it is.
I know this is more info than some of you want, but I do keep sharing because I only know about all of this because of other people being willing to talk about it. So here's my addition to the conversation, and hopefully we will continue to learn more and get some REAL understanding of women's health.
7) These are kind of long, so how about a couple of pictures? These are from about a month ago. Have a fantastic weekend and head over to Jen's for more Quick Takes!