Treat Your Body Like A Temple

6 Feb

And I really mean that. Seriously, if my reoccurring medical problems haven’t drilled the title of this post hard enough into my brain already, I don’t know what will! I don’t mind sharing some somewhat personal information about myself for the purpose of this particular blog. In fact, I think the message that I’m trying to instill, demands that I do.

In November of 2010, I was diagnosed with a condition called absence seizures, or if we want to get more cultural, petit mal seizures (which is French for “little illness”). It’s a medical condition that causes me to have random lapses of consciousness, or in other words, space out, in the middle of a sentence or anything that I happen to be doing. I “momentarily check out,” as I like to put it. Although the anti-seizure medication that I take doesn’t necessarily cure the absence seizures, it still controls it. Otherwise, these lapses of consciousnesses can escalate to me convulsing on the floor in a full blown grand mal seizure. Though these can last only 30 seconds, I feel awful afterwards. I’m talking enveloping nausea and a headache so painful it would put a jackhammer hitting concrete to shame. And it lasts from anywhere between 1 to 3 hours, along with pretty much putting you on your butt for the rest of the day.

Though my neurologist and doctors have yet to pinpoint exactly why I’m having these seizures, I have discovered ways for me to decrease the likeliness of having them. Though many of you will find these “tips” a bit of a no-brainer, it’s still important to remind people to maintain a healthy relationship with their body, just like any other relationship with a friend or a partner.

1. SLEEP

YOUR BRAIN NEEDS SLEEP. I can’t tell you how many times my neurologist has lectured me on this. This condition that I have doesn’t allow me to get away with pulling all-nighters or getting less than 5 hours of sleep. Otherwise, my chances of having a seizure at some point throughout the day increase significantly, and I really would rather not have the people in my classes or at my job see me do a bad impression of the Exorcist girl.

2. EAT

Over the past year, I developed a terrible habit of just NOT eating. I started skipping meals because my time management skills were poor and led me to become too engrossed in meeting D2L deadlines, finishing Biology lab reports, and writing discussion posts. In the beginning I didn’t really seem to notice it, but it eventually caught up with me, and I became anemic (not to be confused with bulimic or anorexic) and I lost a lot of weight in a very short period of time. I looked and felt unhealthy and frail.

3. MOVE

Now I’m not really the athletic type (in fact not at all to be honest) but I have discovered physical activities that don’t immediately yank out a labored “ughhhhhhhhhh” from my mouth. It’s physical activities that get me to exercise without even realizing that I’m exercising. Hiking, walking your dog to the park, playing basketball, swimming at the rec, you name it! As long as I don’t feel the need to look at my watch every 2 minutes praying that I don’t pass out, I’m more than happy to do it. I suggest getting a friend or significant other to tag along to make time fly by even quicker.

LOVE YOUR BODY!!! And it will love you back 🙂

Cheers,

Casey

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