Growing up my granny used to always say, “when your body talks, you better listen”. I didn’t understand it then, but I get it now.
As moms and as women we tend to push ourselves to the limit, both mentally and physically. Early mornings, long workdays and late nights. We go go go!
What does your day look like? Have you sat down and looked at everything you do in a day? And with everything you do, when do you rest or take a break?
Sometimes we get so busy that we ignore little signs from our bodies, or we postpone routine exams because we have no time. You know, things like that headache you get three times a week. Or that lower backache that doesn’t seem to go away. Your vision that seems to be worse at night. The stomachaches and heartburn after every meal saying, “I’ll get my mammogram next month, I’ve got too much to do.” Or that simple cold that turned into the full fledge flu because you ignored the signs? Who can relate? If it’s not one of the things I mentioned, it’s something.
It usually isn’t until something breaks (us included) that we take time to address it. In December of 2012 I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Now, there were signs, but I brushed them off as normal “wear and tear” because time and well, age. It wasn’t until my vision started to go that I went to get checked out, and I don’t mean that lightly. I mean I had to stop driving because I literally couldn’t see.
Fast forward to April of 2019 when I was diagnosed with Graves. Now, were there signs? Yes. Did I ignore all of them? No. You ever had moments where you questioned God’s intentions? I sure have! Then I realized, perhaps it’s to get my attention.
I roll my eyes as I write this because last weekend I ended up in the ER. I am a person that goes goes goes nonstop. I, like most of us, get things done by any means necessary…hence me up after midnight writing this blog on a work night. Y’all pray, God ain’t through with me yet lol.
Let’s talk briefly about my trip to the ER. I have been burning the candle at both ends for quite some time now. My corporate gig is a different level of demanding, and by demanding I mean zero work life balance. My job as a mom, which by far is my fave with my blog and YouTube channel coming in a close second (shameless plug, here’s the LINK), I began to notice a lack of energy and major fatigue. Now, I’m thinking, the doc said my numbers were still off and my medication was recently readjusted so maybe it’s that, but none the less I didn’t slow down.
I was still working 10+ hour days. Driving 3-4 hours daily in traffic. Cooking dinner or eating fast food after work. Getting in kid time. Writing blogs, shooting content, taking care of aging parents….(imagine a car coming to a screeching halt, then crashing) That’s exactly what my body did. Body said, “Oh, you thought”, and my hardheaded tail ended up in the ER.
This weekend was a wake up call for me. For the entire weekend I only had the energy to shower and get back in the bed. All I could hear was my granny’s voice saying, “when your body talks, you better listen. If you take care of your body, it will take care of you”. I get it now, I get it.
What I learned
- I can’t do all the things and that’s okay
- To sit my ass down somewhere and rest
- Listen to my body
- Doing less is not a sign of weakness
- I can’t take care of my children if I’m not well
I hope this encourages someone to get that something you’ve been ignoring checked out. To not put off your next routine test or screening. Remember that you only get one body so take care if it.
Until next time…🦋