Time for change
My journey to eat clean, move daily, pray often and love much or (EMPL) has been a long one that has lead me to working full time on the farmstead and blogging about it.
I decided in early 2017 to spend the next year focusing on my health. Have you ever felt like something wasn’t quite right but you didn’t know what it was. You feel like those you had turned too (doctors and other health professionals) were missing something. That is how I was feeling and I was a little scared to be honest.
What got my attention
I am a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Even though my days are spent helping others figure out there health issues I was struggling to figure out what was happening to me. The first thing that caught my attention was when I was working on my homestead and suddenly felt a strange sensation in my right arm. I could not move it let alone feel it when I bent down to reach for something. After standing back up the feeling came back and then it happened again. I wasn’t ready to deal with my health. Whatever it was stopped and I moved on.
Then a couple months later I was on call working a 24 hour shift at the hospital and had a particularly busy day. I suddenly had a visual disturbance that caused everything to turn on its side causing me to go down. I have never had anything like this happen before. The headaches and muscle weakness weren’t enough by themselves but with the combination of of it all things were getting a little scary.
What I did that lead me to my diagnosis
After my near syncope episode I decided it was time to start figuring things out. I don’t know if things were getting worse or if I was simply now paying attention but I was now writing everything down. First thing I did was buy a Fitbit and I started intermittent fasting. Then I started a whole food plant based diet. My focus was on reducing inflammation as I believe inflammation is the root of most, if not all, disease. I wanted to know I was doing everything I could to improve my health. It was important to me that I was able to tell doctors what was and wasn’t working.
The struggle to navigate the healthcare system we have today is real. To be honest it is a life or death battle. If I did not have the amount of knowledge I have in diagnostic medicine I don’t know that I would have figured things out. (I feel for all of you out there struggling for answers.) After months of multiple doctors appointments and being told by the doctors that my suspicions were considered by the insurance agencies as “a rare diagnosis.”Neither would they do the requested tests I was discouraged and a little angry at our healthcare system.
Blue Fig Farmstead
After these and several other unfortunate events in my healthcare career I have decided to focus on the love I have for this home we call Blue Fig Farmstead. Through this blog I hope to share how we are making our home into a holistic sustainable farmstead. And encouraging other to focus on their health through eating clean, moving daily, praying often and loving much. For me all these things are interlinked to build a life that is rewarding and sustainable. Learning how to get back to basics and live a holistic lifestyle the healthier our lives will become. I am so glad you have decided to join me in this new adventure.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton