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4 Warning Signs of Your Health – Don’t Ignore Them. Trust me, I know.
Last week I turned the page of my paper calendar to the new month of June and discovered that all of the little dated squares were blank. I mean totally blank as in nothing was written down. No birthday’s were recorded, no blog post ideas mentioned, no special dinner dates reserved – nothing …just blank. Talk about a panic inducing moment! What had I missed? What had I already committed too? Worse yet, did I already miss an appointment or had I over committed and not even realized it? Usually my calendar is chockfull of business responsibilities and opportunities, decor ideas, family and friend get togethers, appointments and shopping wish lists. How did I let this happen because I am usually so very diligent and organized?
These are the 4 warning signs of my health that I ignored:
Then it hit me – I finally understood the ramifications of ignoring my health and the impact on my daily life. Back in January my body and my brain were telling me to slow down, but I didn’t want to listen. I was feeling tired ALL of the time and I now realize this was really exhaustion, not just tired. Brain fog was settling in like a cozy blanket and I couldn’t focus or concentrate like I normally could. By most evenings it was an effort to put one foot in front of the other. I have always been the type of person to push through, no matter what. DO NOT be this type of person.
2. Brain Fog
When I awoke in the mornings I was still exhausted even though I would have slept for eight hours or more during the night. My creativity tank was empty and that had never happened to me before either.
Then, March 3rd my father fell in his kitchen and shattered his femur. This required surgery and subsequent rehabilitation hospitalization for 2 ½ months. Unfortunately I live 3 hours away which required me to drive back and forth or occasionally to stay overnight. Of course other family was present too so I was by no means doing this alone. But the worry, stress and the unknown took more toll. Again, I pushed my own health to the back burner and further ignored symptoms that something just wasn’t right.
Finally this “push through” girl couldn’t ignore the symptoms anymore and had to take action and make a doctors appointment. After two ultrasounds and lots of tests I was relieved to learn that everything is going to be fine!
3. Lump in my Throat
- There is a lump in my throat. The results are that as of now this lump is characteristically benign and will be re-tested in six months.
4. Hair Loss
- Hair Loss. Way.No.Fun. It is falling out by the handfuls because of the following two reasons.
When I went to the doctor I found out I have:
- I tested positive for hypothyroidism which is of no surprise. I now take Synthroid, which is a synthetic hormone. Symptoms.
Vitamin D Deficient
- The most surprising issue is that I am severely Vitamin D deficient. My doctor explained that 42% of Americans currently are deficient and don’t even know it. Normal levels are supposed to be between 30-100. I am at level 2. That’s right folks – level 2! This currently leaves my immune system weak and unable to fight off infection among a long list of other things. It will take approximately 3-6 months for my Vitamin D levels to return to normal. I am taking prescription Vitamin D compounded especially for me. Symptoms
My doctor told me that with the combination of the severe Vitamin D deficiency and the hypothyroidism I should not have been able to get out of bed, let alone function on a daily basis. Yet, I pushed through. How ridiculous is that?
So, why am I telling you all of this? Not for sympathy, not for attention. This is a loving caution…take care of yourself! Pay attention to your body and the warning signs that your body is giving you. Please don’t ignore them like I did. We all get stuck on the hamster-wheel-of-life from time to time and it is hard to get off. Ignoring symptoms only makes conditions worse and harder to treat and cure.
Put yourself first!
It is so very important to put yourself first! If you don’t, you won’t be there for anyone else.
In my case I’m fortunate. My conditions can be remedied by strictly following doctors orders and taking medications. Had I gone to the doctor sooner, I wouldn’t be as sick as I am now.
I know that this is a giant departure from my regular posts. Although I’m very uncomfortable with sharing this much personal information with you, I also felt it important to be honest with what is going on in my personal life. It is my sincerest hope to help someone else who might me struggling today.
4 Warning Signs of Your Health – Don’t Ignore Them!
All the best!