Me Time and a Wish For You

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Just when I started getting my life back in balance from a tumultuous few years, September 15, JJ had a break-through seizure, or a seizure that broke through her medication. This time, the neurologist sort of kind of thought maybe, possibly her precise seizure disorder is Panayiotopoulos. Which isn’t controlled by medication. And is long (20 – 60 minutes.) And, won’t cause brain-damage, probably. But since that’s not for sure, go ahead and administer a rectal injection to stop the seizures after 10 minutes, just in case. If you happen to be awake. Actually, better have the paramedics do it since the last time, the injection made her go into respiratory distress.

Did we want to take her off the medication? he asked my husband and me.

And the stress moved through my body without my consent . . . 

Not surprisingly, I got sick. I stopped my healthy eating and exercise just when I was back on track.

My coping skills sucked.

Something needed to change.

So, what did I change?

I let my friends take me to Devil’s Thumb Ranch where I laughed a lot, ate good food, connected with nature, hung out with a really friendly calf, and rode a horse.

Breathe.

I also got off-line and did a cleanse.

Breathe.

I even started prioritizing sleeping 9 hours — instead of 5.

Breathe.

Here are a few moments from my Devil’s Thumb Ranch trip in Winter Park, Colorado. You’ll see how I found my center again.

Here’s the view from my huge claw-foot bathtub.

My special calf friend liked me. We hung out for some time because I liked him, too.

A trail ride connected me with nature . . .

You smell like horse 🙂  . . .

I walked and walked alone in nature.

How is the stress now?

I feel better — peaceful and centered – better than I have in a long time.

Yes, JJ still has a seizure disorder. Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out what we’re going to do about the medication yet. I wish it were an easy decision.

But, I could handle this sleep-deprived EEG.

I can.

Because I’m finally taking care of myself.

. . .

My Holiday Wish For You

I wish that this holiday, you take time for you, too. Take time to read a book, get massages and pedicures, go on a mini-retreat, hang out with friends, go outside and walk, pet a cow, go off-line.

I think you and your family will be glad you did.

The Next Few Weeks

The next few weeks I will share with you my favorite gift ideas from the gift guides – and chances to win different products. No, I’m not becoming a giveaway blog, but I do want to share my favorite things for the holidays — and hope that in doing so, it makes your life a bit easier.

I cherish you and wish you many blessings this season,

~ Melissa

GIFT GUIDES FOR KIDS . . . 

 Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids

 Creativity Gifts for Kids

 Holiday Gift Guide: Math and Science 

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24 Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing such an important part of yourself and family with us. I wish your family a wonderful Holiday season.

  2. Hallie Doyle says:

    Melissa, I LOVE this post…you inspire me so much!

  3. A beautiful post!
    I am sorry that JJ is going through seizures. I can’t imagine how challenging that must be for her and your family.
    Your one wise Mama to know that taking care of yourself will better equip you for taking care of your child’s needs.

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