Thursday, August 29, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

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1) First off, thank you SO much for the prayers for my friend. It's not someone that I'm very close to, so there's not a lot that I can do for her but pray for her, and I knew you would all join me.  It's interesting because I don't think that the person that told me believes in God (again, not all that close to her either, so it's not like we've discussed things like that), so she was all "we really need to keep her family in our thoughts."  To which I was all (in my head, of course): "To heck with 'thoughts', I'm unleashing the prayer warriors on this."  Thank you all so much for being a prayer warrior for them in this time.  I'm not sure how many they have in their lives, and I have tears in my eyes about your willingness to pray for someone that you don't know, just because you know they need it.  You. Are. Awesome.

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!


  1. Yay prayers!
    Sorry about the brain fry; but I'm glad you are enjoying the subject matter at least.
    Great pictures!

  2. Prayers are always needed, well, at least by me. I have asked for prayers on my blog a couple of times and it's great to know that someone out there is actually praying for me, I know they are, I just know it. So I try to do the same for others.

  3. I find it interesting how many people out there are afraid to say "Pray"...why not? If I catch that...I will always say "I will pray for them." I talk about God openly...and if someone objects or doesn't like it..that person has some serious problems. Really. On the most part, no one objects or says anything. My FIL is a non-believer, yet when he comes to our house for dinner...he does join us in prayer before dinner. He criticized the church once in our house...and I told him...that it was the church that brought his son and I together and if he didn't like our beliefs...he didn't have to come to our house. He's never said anything again. Sorry for the rant....

    Love the pics and yes, go to a Napro dr to get your symptoms checked out. Other docs just don't practice the way we need our dr's too...if that makes sense.

  4. #5 yes, the subject matter of chronic pain is very interesting to me. My grandma has fibromyalgia and I cant help but believe that part of her illness is due to trauma in her life. I see the connection between her anxiety and chronic pain so clearly. I would love to hear more about what you are studying! Love the pics, have a great weekend :)

  5. Your pictures are always so gorgeous =) I love columbine!

    The "thoughts" thing (instead of prayer) is something I've noticed too. Thoughts just doesn't do it for me...although I appreciate the intent. It's so human to want to help another person even when there's nothing physical you can do...and I guess if you're not religious, "thoughts" (or "energy" - I've heard that one too) is the best you can do.

    I hope you have a very relaxing weekend!!

  6. Hi, this is my first time to your blog, courtesy of the 7QT linkup.

    #5 is fascinating to me, because I'm a sufferer of chronic pain (I have TMJ and related headaches), and I know it is directly related to my chronic anxiety. I never realized that it could be due to an over-stimulated Fight of Flight (or Freeze) response, or that it could have any connection to my low-progesterone caused infertility. Good to know, so thanks for sharing. Now, my only concern is to figure out how to heal myself, so all these annoying symptoms GO AWAY! :)

    And definitely, going to a NaPro doctor is a good call. Our local one diagnosed my low progesterone levels.

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by! Yeah, I'm learning some interesting things about chronic pain. I'm not sure if that I would go so far as to say that it's causing the low progesterone IF, but TMJ and headaches are often directly related to the anxiety and sympathetic nervous system. I know very little about the part where it can affect the reproductive system (that is not my area of expertise at all). I know that it does, but I would be less likely to think that it's causing the IF and more that it's not helping things. As far as hormones, I know it can increase stress hormones, but I know very little about all the chain reactions that can cause.

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  8. Ugh, my phone won't let me sign in to had to wait to get a few free minutes to jump on the computer to comment :-)

    I will continue to pray for your friend. I know that this type of pain does not heal quickly or completely.

    I hope you enjoy some time off! I agree with you about taking a "less busy" day off than Labor Day. At my old workplace we didn't have the Friday after Thanksgiving as a holiday until the past 2 years...and I absolutely refused to take that day off work as vacation even though almost everyone else did. Pointless. I'd rather take a day off when everyone else is there. I always used it as my "clean my office" day.

    Chronic pain fascinates me. I'd love to read more about it as you delve into the topic deeper. I have chronic fatigue and very mild chronic pain. It is so unspecified and widespread I have never even mentioned it to my doctor. Well, the pain anyhow. I've mentioned the fatigue several times...but all they do is check my thyroid, say it's well controlled and ignore me. I keep thinking that if I could get some help with the chronic fatigue, I would be "happy" to exercise more, which I think would help withe the chronic pain.

    Lastly...yes!!! Go see the NaPro doctor to get your cycles fixed now. It's for your health. The low progesterone affects so much more than just the likelihood of conception; you certainly don't want an infection to get worse or do damage. I have a NaPro doctor that looks at my stuff long-distance. He's been managing my progesterone for my current pregnancy and is amazing. He can't bill me because he never sees me in person in his office, but he calls me back personally or emails me promptly if I have questions. I am so grateful for his care. Maybe someone near you would be willing to do the same...if not, message me and I'll give you my doctor's name.

    Plus, you have to be in optimal health to keep me entertained with you excursions and photos.