Getting a Check Up

How long has it been since you have had a doctor visit?  I am not going to tell you how long it’s been for me, because it’s kinda shameful, but I can tell you that it was too long between visits.  Having younger kids – who require frequent visits for regular issues, let alone health issues – has kept me busy with medications and assessments and doctor visits.  I have definitely been putting my health last on the list of things for me to take care of and it is starting to catch up with me.

I have had chronic, ongoing, years-in-the-making problems with insomnia.  Both falling asleep and staying asleep.  I just chalked it up to being a mom with young kids.  But the truth is, I could wake up all on my own and be up from 3:30 a.m. – unable to fall back to sleep – until 11 p.m. that evening, and do it again for 3 or 4 more nights.  In fact, it was remarkable when I got a 6-7 hour night of uninterrupted sleep, and those have been few and far between over the years.

Anxiety and depression became “normal” for me to experience – and not just a tag-team version – but sometimes it was a double-team.  I have been able to find ways to alleviate some of the chronic stress that came with it, but truthfully, in the past 2 years, I have begun to experience bodywide aches and pains that were unresolved for days at a time.

Again – I chalked it up to aging and just kept trying to chug along.  I didn’t have time to be sick and kept telling myself we couldn’t afford another person in our family on medications every month.

You know – the typical “Mom” excuses one might put up because life is stressful.

But the pain increased and manifested itelf in ways that began to affect how I live every day.  What I can and cannot manage.  With the chronic pain came more problems with sleep, fatigue, brain fog and more.

But there are 3 kids and a husband who need me.  And I got to where I was not even functioning in survival mode.

So, I finally made – and kept – an appointment with a local nurse practitioner because of some of my symptoms.   She commended my ability to turn to writing / journaling / music meditation as avenues to deal with stress.  I appreciated that. =)  My weight – although still too heavy – was actually less than I anticipated, so I left the appointment feeling somewhat positive.  She ordered a blood panel work up including thyroid, cholesterol, metabolic panel, and a check on my Vitamin D levels.

And wouldn’t you know it?  Everything came back NORMAL – except my Vitamin D levels are pretty low.  She prescribed high potency Vitamin D, and I have been taking a daily multivitamin, a calcium-vitamin supplement, and finding ways to be out in the sunshine more to boost my D levels.

She also prescribed an anti-anxiety, anti-depression medication.  I was not surprised, and rather relieved.  I have tried multiple alternative options which have helped, but I think the boost – this temporary boost – will help my body get back on track and it has ALREADY impacted my sleep in positive ways.  I have made minor adjustments in the medicine because my first 2 doses – on a weekend – left me like a zombie.  I think I slept more than I was awake for 2 good days – and I think my body needed it desperately!

I have no intention of being on the medication forever -and my doctor even stated she wanted to see if it was beneficial and how things would be in only a few months.  So I am quite pleased with that!

I’ll go back and have another blood level check in a few weeks and already feel a bit more energetic in general.  A good night’s rest is an unbelievable luxury and I am enjoying my sleep so much for the past several days!

I wrote all this so I could say to you – if you haven’t had a doctor’s appointment for a check-up in awhile – I highly recommend you wait no longer.   Taking good care of your own health is like putting on your own oxygen mask first – we need to do it so we can be equipped for the things God has blessed us with, and the changes life throws at us!

 

2 thoughts on “Getting a Check Up”

  1. Excitedly looking forward to your feeling rested and healthier in the days ahead. You need it…you deserve it…you’ve earned it. Love & prayers cover you daily Sweet Daughter Dear. XO

    1. Thanks Mama! Me too! I am feeling better with more sleep but can tell how bad things were just a couple of weeks ago! Thanks for your prayers!!!

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