Expecting Stress

Chronic Pain

Trigmeninal Neuralgia

Triggered by Dental Appointments

Scheduled Today

Prepare

Relax in the Hot Tub, Use the Relaxing Essential Oils*, Make Sure There is No Time Rush

Breathe

Share My Concerns Politely With the Staff

Pain, Needle, Numb, Loudly Drilling, Pressure, Gripping the Armrest, Done

Home

Crawl in Bed to Nap off the Numbness

Pain, Pain, Pain

Use the Pain Relief Essential Oils**, Take a Motrin, Tap on the Acupressure Points

Slow Relief

Take Zeolite AV to detox from the side-effects of removal of a mercury amalgam

Out of Bed, Reconnect with Nature, Walk, Get the Dog Out, Pet the Horses

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I expected today to be a stressful day but I didn’t set myself up to be stressed out. I set the day up to be successful. I have the self-awareness to know how my body reacts and I have tools to use to handle stress before the event and afterwards. I respected my limits and I took care of myself.  No shame, no guilt. I have befriended myself and that’s what friends do for a friend, they help them get through a tough time. I was expecting stress and it has passed.

*The relaxing essential oil blend I make includes Frankincense, Lavender, and Vetiver

**The pain relieving essential oil blend I make includes Juniper Berry, Black Pepper, and Copaiba

Burning Off The Fog

Early spring sunrise on a foggy day. Photos in time lapse sequence.

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The sunrise photo sequence represents about an hour of time, from roughly 7am to 8am eastern time. I live in a valley of a large forest and the sun rises over a horse pasture. It had rained the day before and the morning was foggy. Surrounded by nature is a peaceful place to spend time and contemplate life. But I haven’t always felt peace, stress can rob that feeling. And no one is immune to stress.

Have you ever noticed that stress seems to get worse when you think things “should” be different than they are? It’s like putting a burden on yourself as if you could control the whole world and the destiny of everything around you. We do not have that type of control … we cannot control weather, we cannot control the actions of others, we cannot control accidental events. But we aren’t helpless either. We can prepare, we can control our own actions and reactions, and we can be flexible with alternatives when things don’t turn out as planned.

When I feel stress, I remind myself that everything is as it should be, I am flexible with alternatives, and this too shall pass. Time does move on, the sun does rise, and it burns off the fog; I choose to let go of stress, breathe, and appreciate the beauty and flow of life.

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When the fog clears, it’s easier to do some deeper soul searching. I discovered most of my stress comes from not feeling good enough. I’ve tried to ease that feeling of not being enough by consuming things in an attempt to fill that area to enoughness. It’s called a consumer attitude … using food, activities, buying things, etc. to get enough, to be enough, to fill me up. But I’ve noticed those things never fill me up. And I’ve noticed that I feel “full” when I do things for other people in need, when I stop and appreciate nature, when I’m thankful for all the talents and gifts I’ve been given. Gratefulness equals a great fullness. The secret is that ful’fill’ment comes from inside you and not from outside things.

What a beautiful sunrise, burning off the fog.

The Power Of Change

We had to set our clocks forward yesterday with the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. The time change can have adverse health effects: Research shows an increase in both strokes and heart attacks having something to do with resetting our circadian rhythm. Usually I too miss that extra hour that magically disappears. But not this year, time just seemed to flow. What was different? The previous four days were without electrical power due to a severe wind storm. The absence of clocks for several days plus the serious disruption in routine made the time change insignificant. I found that curiously interesting, a type of shift in perspective.

Metro airport reported wind gusts over 60mph. With the early thaw that equated to several trees being uprooted and multiple dead branches (large and small) being tossed around. Our road was blocked for a full day and the power lines were down. We had to hunker in. Little did we know or could know the threat we had to prepare for  …

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There are animals that need water, so we do have a farm generator. The generator was plugged in and the electrical panel powered on but something was wrong … some lights flickered brown while other lights popped in their sockets. The microwave began to smell funny and a fire sprouted up from behind the couch. The power was shut down and a surge protector that had caught fire was thrown outside. It happened in only an instant. The couch is leather, so it was only scorched but the melting carpeting had to be stamped out and the drywall was indented with the burn. You can not imagine the feeling of panic that fills you after you realize that you were seconds away from a house fire with roads blocked from downed trees.

An electrician was called out, found his way around the obstacle course on the roads, and diagnosed the problem … the generator had gone bad (I didn’t know that could happen) and was putting out 80 volts on one side of the electrical panel (the brown out scenario) and was putting out 160 volts on the other side (overloading the other half of the panel and causing electronics to smolder). A new generator solved the problem. But we now needed to replace a microwave, amish fireplace, hand vacuum, light bulbs, surge strips, wireless outlets, etc. Thankfully computers, printers and large appliances were fine.

All of nature is resilient to change. I noticed green on a walk I took while the house was airing out from the smoke. A little bush was sprouting. But today it was 10 degrees and freezing cold. I knew the roots of that plant were still strong and the little bush would live to bud out again. My head cleared, I took a breath in and began to plan what needed to happen next.

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The hot tub stopped working. It was taken apart and my husband discovered a fuse that needed to be replaced. I could now turn it on to circulate the pumps morning and evening but somehow the heat needed to be conserved. The picture above is a result of using what we could to accomplish that goal. It worked but it wasn’t pretty … lol.

I began to diffuse White Fir essential oil in the house. White Fir has a fresh pine aroma and a chemistry of b-Pinene and Camphene which are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and mucolytic. It also has Bornyl Acetate which is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and sedative and b-Phellandrene which is anti-fungal. White Fir should help support our respiratory system from smoke inhalation and fumes and also provide some much needed calming.

Next we gathered 5 gallon buckets from the barn and filled them with water to flush toilets and for washing. I took a sponge bath with cold water … exhilarating in an uncomfortable and not so pleasant way. And next we started to clear trees from the road.

And I took a walk, noted all there was to be thankful for and began to count my blessings …

Power has been restored and I survived a pretty exciting week. As a result, the change to daylight savings time yesterday was only a VERY small blip on the radar with no increase in blood pressure or heart rate. Big changes (like almost having my house burn down and the extended power outage) dealt with and adapted to, small changes like Daylight Savings Time, trivial. Illumination of a new perspective, almost like an inoculation from worry. Not so much stress to crush a person, but enough to challenge them to find inner resources. And that I discovered, is the amazing power of change.

Pain Flare and Natural Pain Relief

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It was nearing bedtime last night and the right side of my jaw and upper molars were aching. I couldn’t bite down without incurring shooting pain. It was happening … a pain flare related to my chronic pain diagnosis Trigeminal Neuralgia. And I had been feeling so good lately, how discouraging.

But I wasn’t going to take this flare “lying down” … it was time for awareness and proactive therapy. What was the backdrop for this flare? What could I do about it?

Backdrop: I had a stressful day that hadn’t gone as planned. I was suppose to be taking my therapy horse to the Cheff Center … a donation for them and a final goodbye to another piece of my old life offering hippotherapy. But earlier, during a foot trim, this horse was showing signs of having stretched laminae … he was fat (from standing unused in a pasture) and his feet were long but he wasn’t showing signs of lameness. However if he did come up lame at Cheff, I would be mortified, so I made the decision to hold onto this therapy horse for another month while trying to help him lose weight and by continuing to evaluate his soundness.

Yes, stress and particularly stress related to my work identity is a major contributing factor to my diagnosis. Stress tightens the fascia surrounding the trigeminal nerve and puts pressure on it. And I’m particularly vulnerable to this fascial stress pull resulting from 20 years of a repetitive strain pattern caused when walking with my body twisted to safely position and assist clients in hippotherapy. I’ve retired from hippotherapy and I’ve gotten hundreds of hours of bodywork therapy. I’m off all prescription medication typically used in trigeminal neuralgia and I’ve been pain-free without having to resort to any surgical intervention.

What to do? I began to reframe the events of the day … to discharge the disappointment. I practiced diaphragmatic breathing. I took a walk in nature with my dog. I put my therapy horse in a diet pasture and gave him a hug. And I got out a few essential oils that support pain relief and applied them across the area of the trigeminal nerve. You know what? The pain slowly diminished and I slept through the entire night peacefully. When I woke up this morning, I only felt a twinge of pain. But it was weird because the pain was in the left TMJ jaw area rather than along the right trigeminal nerve area. I got out my pain relief blend of oils and applied them to the left jaw.

Ahhh, it smells fantastic. Relaxing. Yep, I have a handle on it now, everything is feeling better. I’m ready to comfortably face the new day! Life is indeed good.