Thyroid/SAD/Foot Pain: So far so good! I am still being seen by the amazing and wonderful endocrinologist, Dr. Ken Blanchard in Newton, MA. A man who was changed my life! Literally. Dr. Blanchard has enabled me to feel better in so many ways. The most important of which is the Vitamin D boost which I believe has almost completely eradicated my Seasonal Affective Disorder, much to my delight. Also, I still take just 25 mcgs of Tirosint for my sluggish thyroid. This low dose seems to be all I needed to jump start things for me. Although, I have noticed an increase in my weight since starting the meds a year or so ago. However, that could also be due in part to the ball of the foot pain I experience in my left foot due to the arthritic bending of some toes. This has caused me to slow down my walking regime, which was hard for me to do, but necessary as the foot needed time to heal. Happy to report things are better, although I need to be wary of its return so my walks need to be shorter in duration. Not an easy transition for me, but necessary.
Peri menopause: As many of you know I have been on a mission over the last three years to seek relief from the extreme ups and downs of this pre-menopausal phase of my life. Those slowly diminishing hormones, that typically kept me on a more even keel, can wreck havoc on the psyche. Mission accomplished. The routine I have established in my life has greatly improved my sleep pattern and positive outlook. Most of the things I have done have already been posted about: supplements, exercise, nutrition, etc. The most bothersome of my transition has been the erratic sleep patterns. Happy to report: I no longer am spending hours falling back to sleep when hot flashes or trips to the bathroom waken me. Oh sure, I still have some rough nights, but practicing meditation (especially on those nights) has given me a much more open and welcoming approach to all things menopause!
|Owl Butterflies and Buddha in Aruba|
Suffice it to say I am doing well. The biggest difference for me has been learning to approach life with more curiosity and less of the need to have all the answers. Also, allowing room for a more welcoming approach to whatever comes my way has also helped me to just let things be as they are more and more.
Last, my chosen career path to teach meditation and mindfulness practice to others has only enhanced my own life in so many ways. Meditation has been in my life for close to 21 or so years. While I have not been as faithful to practice at times as I would have liked, I know only too well how it has helped me to be present and manage transitions. No, I am not going to don a white robe and travel off to far away lands, chanting or meditating in a hut in the hopes of reaching enlightenment. Those cliche images or ideals are not what meditation is about for me or many others. I prefer to be here, with all the ambient noise of life, in this part of the world, helping myself and others realize the potential to face life's challenges and successes with a clearer focus and increased power of concentration. All this and more......like the T-shirt says "life is good."