• a work in progress,  rx opioid recovery,  western medicine

    nothing to see here

      Whether you realized it or not, I’m acutely aware that it’s been seven weeks since I last posted. Even┬ámy Instagram and Twitter accounts have been unusually quiet. (Was that the most shameless plug you’ve ever seen?!) Before I veer farther off course, let me say that all is well in my world. Actually, everything is wonderful! My reasons for failing to keep [still]moving up to date don’t stem from poor health or unfortunate life circumstances, but simply because I’ve been sinking every extra ounce of brain power into another project. Thoughtful meal preparation, socializing with friends, sleeping…it all pretty much fell by the wayside as I worked hard to…

  • a work in progress,  eastern medicine,  western medicine

    finding balance

      There was a certain level of comfort I associated with treating my chronic illnesses with the more “traditional” approaches we associate with Westernized medicine. I might not have enjoyed relying on doctors, surgeries, and pharmaceuticals to keep me going, but I was used to it. And in a body that felt…well…uncomfortable most of the time, I found an unexpected peace in maintaining this low level of functioning day after day. I guess I could have waited until I “got better” before I gave up the safety net that pharmaceuticals provided, but having no confidence┬áthat would happen, I went for it, sure that there would be other things onto which…

  • western medicine

    why a physical therapist is the head of my medical team*

    Now that National Physical Therapy Month is complete, I feel it’s the perfect time for this post. Actually, I just didn’t have my stuff together. Oops? PTs, like nurses, are one of the many unsung heroes of the medical community. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of bad physical therapists out there {I even had a PT once who tore my labrum further}, but the good ones are invaluable. So here are the reasons for this possibly unexpected specialty choice to hold my number one spot: He gains nothing from me trying one treatment over another, or stalling as I am often one to do. This helped me…