Join us for a discussion on how diet and nutrition can best support those living with Endometriosis. Merritt Jones is an EndoWarrior, certified nutritionist, licensed acupuncturist and primary care provider here in San Diego. She is excited to share with you what she’s learned over the years about how nutrition can impact Endometriosis.
– The connection between food, digestion and endometriosis
– Foods that reduce inflammation/reduce endo signs and symptoms
– Foods that may make endo signs and symptoms worse
– Tools to manage endometriosis signs and symptoms naturally
– The emotional implications of nutrition for Endo (you don’t have to be perfect!)
– Much more!
Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Mission Valley Library (in their Community Room); 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108
If you’d like to come, please email me. Space is limited. As usual, this is FREE!
Today I met with my ophthalmologist and we talked about my eyeballs. I learned quite a few things today.
He confirmed that I do have two cataracts in my left eye. The first is a benign congenital cataract. One that I was born with. He cannot say if it has or hasn’t grown over my 38 years ’cause he didn’t know me when I was born, but it’s small and out of the way 😉 He did confirm it’s there and it’s sounds to be in the same spot it was when I learned about it 15 years ago.
As expected, the ultrasound was normal. My doc thinks my body is a little intense this week because last month I had 2 full periods within 2 weeks of each other…and I’m now 2 days late for my August period. So, my body may just be intense and whonky…and she’s hoping it will recede once I start my period. Here’s for hoping.
So painful ultrasound is over. I talked about how the Tylenol 3 with Codeine only lasted a few hours yesterday…and she wrote me a prescription for Tramadol, which I’ve never tried before. So I’ve just popped half a pill.
Well, I’ve popped at least one Naproxen Sodium every day this week. Today, the pain was so bad I tossed back a Tylenol 3 with Codeine and chased it with a Zofran. It even hurts to take a deep breath and I feel like my entire torso has swollen up and is tight.
So, I have a very important question for you, my Readers. I value your input and feedback. I always have. But now I need your advice…
When do you know when it’s time to go back to your doctor and let them know that your pain is returning, that you’re afraid your Endometriosis is back with a vengeance, that it may be time to begin pursuing yet another surgery?
Yet, here I sit afraid that it’s still all in my head. That I’m blowing my pain out of proportion. That I’ve lived without it as intense for months and am now not used to it and am labeling it as large, debilitating pain.
So, September 21, 2016, was my second Endometriosis excision surgery. It was done by robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. What does that mean? My surgeon sat at the controls of console and directed teeny tiny robot hands inside my belly. I had forgotten a lot of the recovery process from my 2014 surgery, so decided to take notes every day…so that way if I ever go back in, I sort of know a timeline!
I meant to publish this a long time ago…but, well…the dog ate my homework?
A “brief” little note – I tracked my pain, symptoms, diet, milestones, and whatever for a week, but as of today (8/16/17) I could not find the rest of my notes. So, we get four days. And I’m most certainly going to refer to this if I ever have to go back in for another surgery…
The concept of today’s quote is something I hold near and dear. Years ago when I was a child, my mental health counselor had me draw something. Anything. So I drew a beautiful rose sprouting out of a pile of poop, with flies and stinky squiggles.
She told me that I was that rose. I had gone through foul, horrible, unspeakable beginnings which helped shape me into who I was: a beautiful, strong, smart, and worthy teenage girl. I’ve held onto that moment ever since. It’s helped me cope with my childhood sexual abuse and many things over the years. So stumbling upon today’s quote pleased me:
“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty. Be that lotus flower always. Do not allow any negativity or ugliness in your surroundings destroy your confidence, affect your growth, or make you question your self-worth.” ― Suzy Kassem
Remember, shit may happen, but allow it to feed you, strengthen you, enable you. Grow into that beautiful blossom.
This week has been a tough pain-week for me. A few good days, but a lot of bad ones. So here I sit, having cancelled my plans for this weekend, wallowing in my self-pity. Trying to find the good in it.
The good? Knowing I cancelled plans and will honor my body. Rest is a necessity, especially in times like these. Acknowledging this helps my little pity-party dissipate a bit.
Today’s quote is by a man most of you don’t know. I work with him in the Forest Fire Lookout Towers, and he is my partner for this Saturday, whom I just cancelled on. This was his response to my needing to cancel due to my ongoing Endo pain and medications:
“Okay, charge your batteries.” ~Ramon
Something so simple, so perfect, so right on point; it lifted my spirits immediately. Ramon gets it. Sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and rest. And charge your batteries. ❤
I hope you’re able to find rest and shelter when you need it. And relax, or try to. Honor your body when you need to. Sleep. Rest. Do nothing. And be okay with doing nothing.