Spinning Plates and Self-Care

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about choosing direct primary care. I promised you an update and here it is…

Direct Primary Care – I Love It

Having met twice with my new doctor, the owner and operator of KCDPC (Kansas City Direct Primary Care) I have to say what a relief it is to deal with someone who isn’t falling over herself to put me on all kinds of drugs.

Dr. Edwards took a great deal of time with me on our first visit to deal with the paperwork associated with a direct-primary care model, but she also took time to hear of my concerns.

Mainly I’m dealing with enormous levels of pain, stress, and lack of time.

You know, like the rest of the world.

Dr. Edwards suggested meditation and yoga to help combat the stress I’m feeling along with increasing flexibility and reducing pain.

She had run a standard set of labs on me, including the A1C test…

The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test.

And once again it shows that I am pre-diabetic. That’s good news, it really is. It would be better if it said I wasn’t pre-diabetic at all, but I’ll take what I can get. Other than that, one of my cholesterol readings was fine, the other needs some work.

All in all, I’m healthy.

Spinning Plates and Self Care

Talking to Dr. Edwards did change my focus slightly. Instead of thinking I need to be exercising more, I think I need YOGA more than anything. She pointed out that if I’m cleaning houses four days a week, I AM exercising. Yes, I could use more exercise, but cleaning houses IS exercise. Combine it with a couple of walks per week and I’m good.

I’ve been groupon’ing the crap out of life recently…

  • Pack of three deep-tissue massages for $99
  • Foot reflexology for $60
  • Acupuncture and chiropractic package

And…

  • Yoga Collective all you can eat online classes for $11.99 for one full year (normal price is $130)

This last one was a biggie. I would love to do regular classes where an instructor could interact with me, correct my positioning, et cetera. But that isn’t a reality for me and my weird jam-packed spinning plate schedule. If I’m not cleaning houses, homeschooling, running my dad to appointments, and caretaking – ugh – just listing it all out is exhausting.

I’ve looked at multiple yoga studios and none of them have the right classes at the right times in the right locations for me. So…theĀ Yoga Collective it is.

I don’t like, want or enjoy drugs – legal or illegal – that medicate me or space me out or screw up my liver/kidney/heart. So I’m going back to basics – meditation, yoga, stress reducers.

I continue to work on eating healthier (more veggies! smaller portions!) and avoiding sweets. I hope, really, REALLY hope I can lose some weight. That will do so much towards reducing my pain and flexibility issues. I just know it.

Until then, you may hear less of me. Each change I make in my life/daily schedule has meant an adjustment period. Because, like it or not, I still have to earn a living, teach my kid, take care of that old guy living in my front parlor, and keep this house a’running.

And in the midst of all those spinning plates – the writing of books might still get to happen…eventually.

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