It’s Thurrrrsday! This week feels funny to me because I haven’t exercised or been active at all, and I keep checking in with myself to make sure that I really can’t yet, and am not just using my wounds as an excuse (so far, I’m not). I know, you know…I have stitches. I’m still in awe that someone sewed through my skin and that it’s going to be able to hold itself together at some point (it doesn’t look like it’s ready for that yet). Western medicine is pretty amazing, isn’t it?
(You won’t hear me say that often)
This process I’m going through to heal physically reminds me to keep a balanced perspective on how/when to use Western medicine. You won’t find me on antibiotics or medicating much of anything anytime soon. I’d rather rely on my lifestyle. Although, I’ll admit I’ve taken Tylenol this week—it helped I think, but I tried Tylenol PM and it didn’t make me sleepy at all.
Side note: I’ve been sleeping on the couch because I can be half propped up–the bed is flat (obviously), and it stretches my belly too much. (So I just yell my thoughts from the couch to Joe in the bedroom–he loves it). He’s also glad I can still hear his duck alarm from the couch—he wouldn’t want me to miss that.
But really, I’m amazed at (1) how 22 stitches and this week knocked me on my ass, and (2) how the human body can heal itself.
I look at Matthew’s knees, for example, and am amazed at the vast number of bruises and scrapes one 8 year-old can have at a time (we won’t talk about the dirt aspect). And his body intuitively heals and repairs itself. The bruises heal and fade, and eventually go away. The scabs do too, once he stops picking them.
It makes me want to promote thinking about the insides of our bodies in the same way—when you have a bruise, do you tell your body how to fix it? No, your body knows what to do. The same thing happens inside when any of your systems are out of balance.
You just have to give your body the tools and resources it needs to do its job and heal.
Your food, activity, stress, mental state, and toxin exposure determine whether your body can heal itself or not (and how out-of-whack it gets in the first place).
Address the things you have control over, and you promote healing and wellness.
Sometimes the most important thing to do is to get out of the way and stop trying to control the process. I may not be able to coax my wounds into healing more quickly, but I can rest and eat the right foods. I don’t have to know how my body is using my salad to nourish and heal my physical injuries or whatever other imbalances I have occurring, but I have faith that it is doing exactly that.
I worked all day. I also tried to figure out how to use my In Design software (it’s hard and I have no skills), and I thought about doing my laundry.
Matthew has lacrosse practice this evening, and Mom is going to pick him up afterward. I think I’ll blow up the air mattress so we can have a slumber party in the living room (I’ll be on the couch). He has tomorrow off from school, so we’re going to try and do something low impact and fun. I can’t wait to tell him about my stitches and relate the outcome/consequences to not wearing sunscreen. I never saw stitches when I was a kid, but I’m thinking/hoping it makes an impact. Although, he’s a pro at hunting and has helped gut a deer, so maybe it won’t faze him.
I have a new recipe to share tomorrow!
Do you have plans this weekend?
Are you good at giving your body the tools it needs to heal itself?