So, I continue my promise to enjoy what is in front of me. After Friday’s sadness, I was happy that I was going to acupuncture at 8:30 AM on Saturday for some TLC. Dr. Zhong, my acupuncturist’s mentor was in town from China, and Stewart wanted me to see him to see if he had any insight on my heart palpitations. They have been getting less and less frequent, but they do appear from time to time. Dr. Zhong is a very nice, soft-spoken man, and he checked my tongue and my pulse. He made some recommendations for my chart, and then he asked me if I’d been having any pain in my lower back or knees. I told him that I had a knee issue that had sidelined me from running.
I love Chinese medicine because they look at everything holistically. This is not the first time that an acupuncturist has been treating one thing and then predicted another ailment. Whereas a medical doctor would treat the one problem, they see patterns in the body and treat the pattern. This won’t make sense to you, and it really doesn’t make sense to me, but he said my kidneys and my heart were not communicating to each other. I asked him about all the food reactions I’ve been having. He said stress is the trigger, and my body reacts to stress in this particular way. When the stressor is gone, and we work to strengthen my body through acupuncture, the food issues will subside. So, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It sure motivated me to get busy getting healthy and remove the major stressors in my life by removing them or changing the way I think about them. He said if I continue the way I am, the heart palpitations will eventually show up in my EKG as an irregular heartbeat and cause heart problems. That’s why it’s important to treat them now.
His advice motivated me to eat a lot of healthy food this weekend. I went to the Farmer’s Market and loaded up on vegetables, oatmeal, fresh dairy and eggs. I usually eat steel-cut oatmeal, and I am almost out. I asked the woman at Papa Tom’s booth if she had any, and she said no. I started to walk off, and she explained to me how they process their oatmeal. I love the idea of oatmeal processed in an old-fashioned way, so I ended up buying some. I’m making some overnight oatmeal for in the morning. She describes the recipe in the below video. It looks really yummy, and it’ll be ready when I get up.
Today was the beginning of my birthday week. A group of women friends went out for brunch at Another Broken Egg and then saw the Wizard of Oz at Perkins Rowe. It was so much fun. My friend Laurie – who I had not seen since high school – came. My sister, her daughter and her step-daugter were there. My new friend Kim, my new/old friend Jo Ann and my co-worker Jennifer joined us, too. I had so much fun visiting with everybody. The food was delicious. We went shopping, and then lined up for the movie. I spent a good hour after the movie in a long, intimate conversation with my Jennifer over some peppermint tea. I left there feeling so connected and loved. It was easy to enjoy what was placed in front of me today.
One of the things I love about the Wizard of Oz is the relationship between Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and Toto. They are there for each other. When Dorothy was imprisoned in the Witch’s Castle, Toto escaped and went to get the band of travelers to help. I wondered if people in real life would actually risk their lives for someone they just met. I know it’s a story, but follow me here. They dropped everything and went – even the Cowardly Lion. The movie is centered around relationships. It’s about family. It’s about friendship. It’s about helping others get what they need. My friend Jennifer and I talked about that tonight. What are we here for? Are we supposed to do something? Or is it enough to just be here for each other? In my mind I often think there needs to be some grand thing that I give to the world. But, what if the grandest thing I can give is my presence when someone else needs it? Could it really be that simple?
I had a rather lousy week last week. I lost a lot of sleep two nights in a row. I ate badly, and I suffered the consequences. I didn’t exercise as much as I should have. It’s no wonder I felt a little sad on Friday. I still feel a little sad, but I feel really grateful for the people I have in my life that show up for me day after day, even when I’m not at my best. Wicked witches, flying monkeys, tornadoes and lying wizards aside, the world is a friendlier place when I don’t walk the yellow brick road alone. Lions, tigers and bears … Oh, My ….. There’s No Place Like Home. Where did I put those ruby slippers, anyway?