6 Months Later…

I find my heart in good health.  From every which way the cardiologist can tell, everything is perfect.  What a celebration!

Every great while, I’ll get a momentary pang, ping or ache somewhere in my chest.  I’ve now taught myself to pause and listen. In these surprising moments of reflection I pay attention to what’s happening—especially within my emotions, especially within my environment.  Chances are, I am reacting to something or someone I can’t control.  This happens involuntarily and unconsciously.  However, after the fact, I can utilize the pain as a point of self reflection.   If I let my energy speak for itself, and I let my mind hear it, I can take better care of my body.

At present I am listening to Dave Asprey’s “Head Strong.” I am elated to hear science supporting what I’ve gathered from the medical intuitive for years. Really. I had these insights into what foods I should be eating YEARS before I was able to implement the changes in my diet.  I really do have a curiosity about that fact.  What’s so hard about putting a carrot in my mouth instead of a hotdog? (see Onion video below).  I needed to go through a great deal of suffering and really find my “now or never” moment to change.  Yep.  The loss of time can’t be helped now.  But yet, part of me wants to understand my own delay in acting. Maybe it can help someone else.

In the meanwhile, I am learning a lot of the scientific reasons why an elimination diet like the one I have been on, works.  I am learning about why being keto-adaptive is so important.  And I am seeing that there are very real actions that I can take on a daily basis to effect the outcome of my day (from an energy standpoint).  I love that Dave’s book empowers the reader with provable, science based information as well as tons of his own personal anecdotes.

If I let my intellect follow a thought, theory or inquiry as far as it can, I often find exactly what I need to heal something or take care of myself better.  And that’s satisfying.

Laugh much?  36 seconds view time.  From the Onion: Just Eat a Goddamn Vegetable


What’s Up with My Chest?

Inspired to share my experience healing as naturally as I can, from whatever, I started writing this content in January 2017.  So, I’m actually 3 months in the future– its April 6th, really.  Is that backwards transmuting?

January 3, 2017

While healing myself of different things in many different modalities isn’t new, what is new is my response to my chest pain on Saturday morning.  You see I’ve had chest pains on and off for about two years.  When I started the AIP protocol last January I persisted for 6 weeks with the diet, then stopped.  I started again in June and am just starting reintroductions now.  Black pepper is up first in my oral challenge.

Anyhow, all that is to say, when I went to the doctors complaining of shortness of breath, feeling unable to take deep breaths, and chest pains, I was advised to relax, breathe deeper and stop drinking coffee.  I resented and loved this advice.  I felt that as a stay at home mother of two kids under 9, that I was entitled to drink as much coffee as necessary to handle the day.  My complaints were rebuffed by the doctor, a mom of three, immediately who stated that if she could do it– stop drinking coffee and still parent, anyone can.

For July, August and September, I noticed that I had no chest pains at all.  I really felt that eliminating coffee had made a difference.  However, they returned sometime in November and have been on and off, very mild, at seemingly random times.  This past Saturday I did a super low intensity dance workout and found a sharpness in my chest, in the last 5 minutes.  I sat down, with a humble honoring of what my body was asking for in that moment.

So, for today, I am going to borrow your bravery dear reader.  I am calling my doctor’s office to see when a good time to come in is.

I have a feeling that I will get a referral to a cardiologist.  As I did last year’s physical.  Although, I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t follow up. Two attempts at calling the office number provided didn’t work.  Trying to google the doctors name didn’t work. I stopped there.  I didn’t call back my primary doctor to ask for the information.  No.  I decided to not follow up.  Call it resistance.  Call it laziness.  Call it fear.

Here I am a year later, with more fear and greater resolve.  I know that my insurance won’t cover the functional practitioners that I would love to see. I know that if I want to locate my problem and solve it, I’m going to want to be a thorough as possible.  So, I will start with what I have.  I have insurance coverage for an allopathic MD, and an allopathic Cardiologist.  I will also consult the medical intuitive and if I need to, a functional cardiologist, out of pocket.

I am determined to build a recovery path for myself.  I’m not sure what that looks like yet.