Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tweeking the Treatment Plan

I have been thinking today that this blog has been pretty serious the last few weeks and I am in need of some humor, some good laughs! How about you?

So the Neurologist diagnoses me with a thalamus that is not functioning properly. Now for those of you who did not take Anatomy and Physiology in college...the thalamus is part of your brain. The thalamus is the part of the brain that relays sensory information. Anyway this is SO not going to be a lesson in brain anatomy and function...I just wanted ya'll to know what I am working on treating. My brain! Well not the whole thing...the majority of its working just fine! Hence my amazing ability to blog....and with humor I might add. Well I guess humor is all a matter of perception and I am havin me some issues with perception...HA!

Okay so on to the treatment plan. My treatment plan includes many things that will help to get my thalamus functioning properly again. One focus is eating a high amount of antioxidants. So I am learning which foods are high in antioxidants and what forms they need to be eaten in to get the best benefit. I am also learning the difference between organic and non-organic. So I say all this because I am on a desperate pursuit for some Organic Chocolate Brownies that are packed full of antioxidants....I am thinkin if I get me some of these there has to be a healing coming real soon!!!

And this next tidbit of information is a real bare my soul moment...but green tea is high in antioxidants and so I am drinking me lots of green tea. Well when the thalamus isn't functioning properly you have a sudden urge to pee and you gotta go every 15-20mins on your bad days. Just so you know high intake of green tea does NOT help this little issue of very frequent powder room visits!! (I don't find it a coincidence that God planned my speaking schedule these past few months. I think He must have known that I wouldn't be a very effective speaker while doing the potty dance!)

Prior to this 'little' brain issue I was running and working out just fine. Well the Neurologist said I need to focus on taking it slow at first and concentrating on muscle strengthening/building activities. The example she gave...was a four letter word. No not just in my mind...but really typed out on the page she handed me was a four letter word. YOGA. Now for you little limber flexible people out there don't go leaving me any comments on how I will 'grow to love it' or 'you can do it if you just put your mind to it'...did I mention the brain dysfunction...HA! Okay so I head myself to the local library...and find me a YOGA DVD. The librarian at the counter was looking at me thinking...'oh honey do you know what you are gettin' yourself in to?' And friends...I was totally clueless. I am not sure what my preconceived ideas all included...well one that it was a four letter word...and that I am a runner and I have a hard time standing still...lying still, posing still, breathing calmly...etc! This high energy girl needs to move to feel like she is working out.

So for fun I invite the boys to try out the DVD with me...and in surround sound I can hear them saying..'that's not what the people on the tv are doing', 'mom I don't think you are doing it right.', oh and the Engineer inquires...'babe what level did you get?' Level? You mean there is more than one level...as I am twisted in a knot thinking to myself I am SO NOT sure that the Neurologist knew what she was doing recommending this YOGA stuff...I am not relaxing, this hurts and it sure isn't helpin' my brain any!

Well I am happy to report that my little outing to the store yesterday I found me..."YOGA for Beginners" I think I will start at this level ya'll and see if its a little less stressful!


So the only tweeking I am doing to the treatment plan is adding in some good ole fashion laughter!

Watch this video for a full dosing of healthy laughter:

12 comments:

Runner Mom said...

This was just precious! I tried yoga myself! And, I fell over!! I just had to laugh at myself! I'm a pilates gal myself! Good luck with your antioxidents and finding the organic choclate!! You are too funny!

You continue to be in my prayers!!
YOu are precious!
Hugs!
Susan

Chatty Kelly said...

I always know I"m in trouble when the dr says "your going to feel a pinch and a burn." What he means is extreme pain and then awful burning. YOUCH!

I don't like yoga either! It's so calm. I am high intensity. I need motion. Good luck with that!

Thanks for making me laugh today.

Kimberly said...

:) I am so glad you are finding things to smile about...even things like getting tied in knots.

I will keep my eyes out for some organic brownies loaded with antioxidants! They've just gotta be out there somewhere!

Love and prayers!
K

My ADHD Me said...

I remember when I was in labor and the nurse said I might feel a bit of pressure and some "discomfort"! HA!!

YOGA...I experienced it once. Thankfully I was at the back of the class and actually snuck out. Good Luck!!

I did a little bit of research on the thalamus. I think mine is missing...

Love your attitude!

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Nichole,

The video was great.

Oh yea! I tried YOGA... a couple times... no... haven't tried it again!

Krista said...

Organic brownies...yum. YOGA...good luck! I can't do it without laughing. The names of the poses crack me up. I enjoyed your post! Just wanted to stop by and show some love!

Have a great day!

My Army Brats and Me said...

I am on the hunt with ya! If I find what you are looking for it will be on its way. Take care:)

Love
Cindy

My Army Brats and Me said...

Found it! I just need to talk to you about what you like.

Love ya

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Love this post. How funny what your boys and hubs said...what level? haha That's not the way they are doing it...haha again.

Love your humor.

I know what you mean about peeing. I have a very small bladder. How can a person not drink anything and still have to go to the bathroom? I guess God gave me a small bladder to allow for more fat. HA!

Pinkshoelady said...

Hey Girl,
I have been praying for you fervantly!

I am praying God will heal and tone you at the same time!

More prayers lifted up for you than you could count in 15 lifetimes!

Love you!
Pamela

Joyful said...

The video was hilarious...but even more funny was the one I linked to afterwards on Emergency Room care, Part 1 and 2. The conclusion of the second video deals with the administration of 'morphine' - that's what started this whole 'mind thing' with my Dad. I'd be running from it too!

Praying for you my friend. Just love you so much.
Hugs,
Joy

Tea With Tiffany said...

Yoga is one exercise I cannot do well. I do more laughing than good forms like downward dogs. :)

I love your sense of humor, it's healing, you know? I share a talk about laughter and it's full of benefits for the brain. I hope you come up with a potty dance yoga that heals your thalamus!

No, seriously, I want you well--and fast! I believe you are on the right track with your recommended remedies. Keep us posted.

Thanks for sharing your journey with us. This post was fun!

Tiffany

Now to watch the video. But first, I have to use the powder room.