Self care for some nurses is wanting. I am a case in point. If you come to me and describe certain symptoms I am likely to tell you that you should see your doctor. When I experience a problem I have a consistent plan of action.
- Ignore as long as possible and wait to see if the problem goes away. (This step may take weeks)
- Consider carefully all steps not requiring medical care and implement accordingly.
- When it dawns that no this problem will not go away without some kind of intervention, then activate the result of step two.
- When it is obvious that your friends are sick and tired of your whining and sniveling, go to a doctor and shut up. ** The shutting up will occur, the doctors visit rarely.
Several weeks, dare I say months? No, several weeks ago I developed headaches, something very unusual for me and on occasion dizziness. I noticed it when I moved my head, and on waking the pain would be at the resting point in my head.
It must be my brain I thought. But then not to long ago I took notice that the pain was not just IN my head but in my neck and shoulders. I was unable to turn my head right or left to any degree.
So one morning after someone had mentioned Yoga in another conversation it came to me that perhaps I should try some exercises and I googled my symptoms and the word exercises.
Naturally a plethora of remedies popped up, most of them on YouTube. I watched a few and realized there were no Downward Facing Dogs in my immediate future but then I found Adriene. Fibromyalgia precludes some types of exercise but this particular exercise seemed made to measure.
You can sit on a mat or in a chair, and there are days I do one or the other. The first time I thought, ‘Oh Oh, I can’t do any of these.’ It seemed nothing stretched the way it should. But Adriene says, ‘Listen to your body.’ So I did. If nothing was going to stretch at least I could strive to get into the starting position.
Well guess what? That very first day, I got up, got on with my day, and found myself in awe that I could move so well and so comfortably.
I have done it every morning on rising without fail (no I did miss one day and was quite miserable with pain for the day), but otherwise for a week, I have felt wonderful. I make note of my discomfort on waking, where in my head or neck it is, just in case I ultimately do see a doc but my quality of life is wonderful.
So please meet Adriene!