There are many parallels between being in prison and dealing with a chronic disability.
– Fiona Martin, journalist visiting from Sydney, Australia who became my friend on Alcatraz Island
Under the Dragon!
I am joyfully celebrating publishing two of the thirty intended posts for the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (HAWMC) 2015. Here’s why:
First of all, that’s two posts more than I wrote for HAWMC (pronounced HAH-mick) 2014.
Secondly, I have a gung-ho habit of pushing beyond my limits in a way that interferes with my healing. So this year, I promised myself that I would find a way to participate gently, within my limits, and sustainably. Days 1 to 10 of this challenge went by without any submissions from me. I began to day dream about doing the whole blog challenge in one day. It was very hard to give up my Mega-Type-A-Overachieving ways!
Finally I got myself to my desk. Slowly, mindfully, I promised myself that I would get the post written and published in an hour and a half. I was going to keep it short and simple, allowing my perfectionism to stay in check. Continue reading
Kick your feet up! What is your ideal day in? When you’re having a bad day, or a long week – how do you relax, recharge, and reset yourself? #HAWMC
In the middle of writing my post for day 11 of this blog challenge, I managed to stub my toe so badly that the nurse I called insisted I go to the emergency room. X-rays of my foot were taken at UCSF and they confirmed that my little toe was broken. My poor toe was taped to the next one and I was fitted with an orthopedic shoe which I must wear for the next few weeks if I want my toe to heal properly. I was also instructed to ice my foot – which has a lovely black and blue area surrounding my toe – every couple of hours and keep my foot elevated above my heart even when I’m sleeping. (I currently have my foot on my desk as I write this. Thank you yoga!) Continue reading
Day 30 (April 30) – Recap
- You made it! 30 posts in 30 days! Today, write a recap of your experience. What was your favorite prompt? Least favorite? What have you learned? OR
- Describe your HAWMC experience in one word!
I have found this year’s blog challenge harder than last year because I put the added constraint on myself of doing it in a healthy manner! For example, I’m publishing this post on the evening of April 30 rather than staying up too late last night. But you should have seen what it took for me to accept that I was too tired to finish this on April 29… Continue reading
Things began to turn around just before dinner. Phew. That was really close…
The day before, I was proudly taking the bus from the Optimum Health Clinic back to my flat. It was early evening on a Saturday. But because it was December, the sun had set and it was completely dark outside. No matter. I had made it on the bus, and I knew that all I had to do was sit there until it got to Marble Arch. I didn’t even have to worry about the energy draining problem of figuring out which way to walk from the bus stop.
Taking the bus had been a goal since arriving in London in the Spring. I was feeling happy and proud because of my accomplishment! That is, until the bus driver announced that everybody had to get off. They were prematurely terminating the route because Oxford Street was so crowded with Christmas shoppers. Continue reading
Earlier in this blog challenge, I was paired with Jamee Miller and we swapped guest posts. When I took a look at her blog I instantly learned something about building your blog audience: connect with blogging communities! I have a new blogging goal thanks to Jamee: attend a bloggy boot camp one day…
In the meantime, thank you to the very special Realitynibs readers who are right here, right now ♥♥♥
Day 25 (April 25) – Learning
- Share something you learned from another Health Activist (that everyone should know!) OR
- Share something you’d like to teach other Health Activists.
Day 24 (April 24) – Wordless Wednesday
Create a Pinterest board for your health focus. Pin 3 things. Share the image.
Here are the images I used for today’s Pinterest board. Please click here to see the descriptions and captions on Pinterest!
Mitochondria are sometimes described as “cellular power plants”. –Wikipedia
Nobody would expect the price tag for traveling to another continent for treatment to be inexpensive. But damn, the blood test I had in November 2012 to measure how much of my mitochondrial sites were blocked and to find out what was blocking them, that was crazy expensive. To give you an idea, this test was developed in the UK and is not currently available anywhere else in the world.
And just to make sure my head exploded, my doctor also did a test to determine the genetic profile of my liver, so that an effective way to remove the mitochondrial blockages could be designed. Continue reading