Whew, I have no idea where this week went. I’ve been so busy, I didn’t have time to write my second post for this week. That’s why I find myself, sitting here at 11:00 PM on Friday night, writing this. All of this busy lifestyle can be quite stressful. That’s why it’s so fitting that I sat on a panel with some of my fellow AIP bloggers to talk about stress management on The Autoimmune Connection.
I believe things happen at the times they are most needed to lead you in a certain direction. This was blatantly obvious to me yesterday. Because I want to be totally honest with you all, I’ll let you know that I am now experiencing the worst flare I’ve had since going on the AIP. I’m not quite sure why; but, I think it has to do with the stress of deadlines, for projects I’m working on, and the trip I’m planning to Paleo f(x).
My symptoms are IBD issues, severe joint pain, rashes, headaches, sinus issues, fluctuating body temperature, heart palpitations and pains, and neurological issues, such as brain fog and forgetfulness.
Normally, I would make an appointment with my doctor and have testing done. Problem is, I lost my doctor in January, due to the healthcare changes. So, now I’m left waiting on an appointment with a new doctor, next month. I’ll pretty much be starting from scratch again. I need some serious stress management!
So, it’s funny that I was already slated to be a panelist on the stress management edition of The Autoimmune Connection. I had so much fun, talking with my fellow AIP bloggers, Rory from The Paleo PI, Samantha from Sweet Potatoes and Social Change, Vanessa from True North AIP, and Susan from Backcountry Paleo. Everyone had such great tips on handling stress while on the AIP. Time seemed to fly by. You can watch the entire video here.
Now, after watching the video, I realized how miserable this flare is making me feel. There were a couple of times where I actually lost track of what I was talking about, because of the brain fog. Also, if you notice, I can’t seem to keep still. Any time I sit in one position too long, my joints just start burning. I think I need to practice more of these stress management tips myself….and fast!
It’s weird how we don’t always notice how bad we’re feeling, until it slaps us in the face. Once I’d seen the video, I called my new doctor’s office and asked them to let me know if it was possible to see me sooner. They said they’d call me back if it can be done. I’m not holding my breath.
I hope you enjoy the video. It’s so important that we practice stress management early on, to avoid the harm it can cause. I’m living proof of that! We are all works in progress, learning more as we go along.
As always, I wish you all good health…..and good food!