Patience: Everything takes longer than you think it will. Rehab and re-connecting our mind with our new body isn’t the quickest process.
Rest: I’m the first to admit I love a good sleep in. There’s a reason I don’t work mornings! However, being on bed rest for weeks is sometimes frustrating. That being said, rest allows our bodies to regenerate cells, repair tears and gives us the ability to move forward with healing. Check out this TED talk here about the importance of sleep.
Community: My friends, family and patients have been amazing. From showing up with cooked dinners to sending flowers, the gestures of the community around me remind me that it’s okay to take time and lean on others.
Nutrition & hydration: My go-to foods have been high in iron and protein - and low in fat and sugar - on the doctors recommendation. Yams, chicken, green veggies and fruits make up most of my meals. Staying hydrated seems like such a simple task! But I have to keep a full gla...
It’s been 10 days since the surgery and already I’m feeling antsy. My short walks have brought me to the end of the block before my body is fatigued and I need to sit down. Sitting on my front porch I’m able to take in the amazing sun that we’ve been having and wave hello to my neighbours. It is nice to watch the world tick by but I’m already missing my busy days practicing chiropractic care. The street hustle is nothing in comparison to the bustle of a busy clinic with familiar faces and friendly staff.
I’m doing my best to stay in touch with my body. Listening for when it needs rest, or movement or food. It’s amazing how quickly we shut out our mind/body connection and seek out distractions that remove us from feeling and listening. But, I know I must listen if I want to heal. Healing is teaching my patience and to plan for new beginnings.
Chronic pain is a fickle thing. Our bodies are so good at masking the years of trauma that build up with old injuries and pain. When we are on a r...