Julie Owsik Ackerman
Recently, I had a migraine that lasted for about a month. Yes, this sucks. If you ever find yourself with a headache for several days, call a neurologist and a masseuse pronto. Give up caffeine if you can. I heard this suggestion 15 years ago, and only managed it five days ago, so I understand if you can’t. Reluctantly, I will report, five days without caffeine, and five days without a headache. Bye-bye coffee. I will miss you, but we had a good run. I’m also trying cranial sacral manipulation with an osteopath, which is awesome. And, of course, self-care: more rest, more down time, slowing down, cutting things out of the schedule, healthy eating, etc.
|Do I have to get up?|
Now that I’m feeling more like myself, I feel how I imagine it may feel to wake from a coma. The house is a disaster. We had no diapers, no clean clothes, no toilet paper, no food: you get the idea. My challenge this week is to ease back in to normal life, without overdoing it. I did spend some time tidying up last night and this morning – ‘tis the season after all. Of course I stocked up on essentials, but I will try to keep up my regimen of rest and self-care, reminding myself that after being sick for a full month, I will not immediately be able to resume all normal activities. I may need to tie a string around my finger as a reminder. Taking it easy does not come naturally to me, and after a month of illness, and this long brutal winter, I am more than ready for spring!
How can I gently celebrate spring’s arrival? I’d love suggestions!