Today I’m feeling some low grade depression. Over the last several months I’ve been privately coping with a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means I’ve got a major case of bone loss. Most women in their menopause years have osteoporosis and don’t even know it.Continue reading “Coming Clean”
I’ve been so behind in posting, lately. It’s been a crazy-busy time here. One thing after another. And then there’s the days I just need to take a pause. A MENO-pause. The lack of hormones I produce in menopause seem to worsen certain days of the month. I call it “a dip.” And it’s a dip I feel as soon as it happens.
It’s very reminiscent of the PMS I used to get during my menstrual cycle. There’s about 7 to 10 days, every month, where I feel PMS-like for days at a time.
During this time I cope with a variety of symptoms from hating my clothes and everything about myself to feeling extremely sluggish. My memory fails the most in the dip. I can’t remember ANYTHING. People. Places. Things. And as for writing…well…I lose my ability to convey my thoughts, express my feelings or even form full sentences.
I’m in “the dip” now. It drives me mad.
That’s partly why there’s a lag between my posts.’ Just when I thought I’d overcome inconsistency, I realize that a major reason why I’m so inconsistent and behind is because menopause symptoms interfere with how my brain works. I’m in the midst of writing about this topic, now. I plan to have an interview with a brain doc, soon. Maybe we can learn more.
With all that said, I think we have two choices when we find ourselves in uncomfortable spots: learn to navigate life with them, or give up altogether. I’m not going to lie to you. I was close to giving up on blogging. I found myself thinking that maybe, after all I’ve been through, I’ve lost my ability to write, tell a story or pretty much do anything else since menopause descended upon me.
That’s a hard pill to swallow. I mean, I used to work for a Pulitzer-Prize winning publication. How can this happen? Did I forget who I was? After awhile it occurred to me, I started the blog for a number of reasons. One of them was to help me work through these challenges. Challenges I now have after fighting cancer, going through chemo and NOW coping with menopause. I think even the best in the world would have challenges after surviving something that big. So, I’ll be back. I have to stick with this. The end benefit is for me.
Do you have something that challenges you? Will you share it in the comments section? How do you cope with your setbacks?
Wherever you are, I hope you can find time to relax over the weekend and take a break from the bad news.
Relax. Breathe. Shelve the heavy topics if you can.
Happy Monday to you. I hope this finds you staying healthy and happy no matter where you are. Today’s mood board is a reminder that even though many of you are busier than ever, you have to put you and your health at the top of the list. Especially, if you’re coping with health issues including mental health.
I know! I get it. You may be rolling your eyes at me right now. I’m busy, too. I feel like I’m doing more since the pandemic then I did pre-pandemic. But I’m not complaining about it.
I love that we are doing everything virtually. I think it’s great that this unforeseen occurrence is forcing us to think outside the box. With that said, I can’t wait for this pandemic to be behind us and my heart aches for those who have lost loved ones. I pray everyday that me and my own family stay healthy as well as those around us.
Until then, we have to take extra care of ourselves. Our families need us. You need to be here to see the rewards of your hard work and contributions, after the pandemic.
As a menopause and breast cancer survivor I know for sure you have to take a timeout for you and your health. There’s more to healthy living than what you eat and how you exercise (although both are important factors) to emotional and physical well-being.
Today, my mood board is my chalkboard. I’m sharing my list of notes to myself with you.
What are some things you are doing to stay healthy during these difficult times?
It was while going through chemotherapy that I started experiencing leg fatigue, excruciating and debilitating leg cramps and foot pain.
I assumed after chemo was over my legs would get better. And while they did improve, my legs and feet have never been the same.
I now struggle with a touch of neuropathy and some days my legs and feet hurt so bad that even driving can be a challenge especially if I’m driving a stick.
Adding insult to injury is that while recovering from chemotherapy I landed smack-dab in the middle of menopause.
Menopause was trigged by chemotherapy medications.
As it turns out my menopausal symptoms include…wait for it…MORE leg pain. You’ve got to be kidding me.
As I started to pay more attention to my legs and feet I noticed 1) I desperately need a professional pedicure. And 2), I have a few tiny spider veins and a couple of varicose veins trying to pop up, too.
Physical changes like pregnancy, cancer, menopause and even weight fluctuations can change the body drastically.
Think about all that your feet and legs do for you in a day and how hard it would be without them.
Whatever your circumstances, I urge you to start taking care of your legs and tootsies, now, so they’ll take care of you, later.
With that said, today I’m sharing two things I’m doing to give back to my feet, and a health brand I think you should know about.
TWO THINGS I DO TO HELP KEEP MY LEGS HAPPY AND PAIN FREE
According to California.gov fast facts on podiatry, every step you make places 1.5 times your body weight of pressure on your foot.
One. Soak. It was while talking to my oriental medicine doctor that I learned foot soaking was a common treatment for circulation, neuropathy, digestion and a host of other things.
She suggested I soak, regularly. Daily if possible. So now I soak my feet in a mixture of epson salt and lavender oil but sometimes I use ginger, instead.
My doctor told me do use the hottest water I can handle without burning myself.
I had no idea a foot bath could feel so good! And if I do it before bed, I sleep better than ever.
This helps greatly with insomnia.
Two. Compression. I wish I had thought about these a long time ago. I guess I always thought they were for “old” people.
But since having these issues I’ve done my research on the benefits of compression socks or hose.
They improve your blood flow, prevent leg pain and swelling and prevent serious medical conditions.
Athletes even use them.
The challenge for me was finding compression wear that didn’t make me feel self-conscious or old.
Thankfully, there are a few stylish brands on the market. So today, I introduce you to Rejuva Health fashionable compression socks.
Look at these pretties.
Those aren’t your grandma’s stockings! Rejuva Health has an interesting backstory.
One I plan to share with you in more detail, later. But for now, you should know they are all about compression with style.
They also have leggings. What?! Yep. Compression Leggings, ladies. I’ll be posting those soon!
May I suggest? Gifting these to yourself or someone you care about. You will not regret it.
Because I want you to see that Rejuva offers some variety, I’m gonna share some images from their Instagram feed, too. I just have the one pair above and I think you need to see there are more than those.
Compression socks have improved how I feel. It’s unbelievable. I even wear them while cooking and cleaning. And, they’re perfect for both men and women.
When I wear compression socks I can stand on my feet longer and I don’t feel tired out. What a relief!
disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and while I did play one on T.V. once, I do not intend to advise you on anything. You need to speak to your medical doctor before doing or refraining from doing, anything.
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Have a great Monday!