And I have a big choice to make today, but actually it is an easy one. One thing that came out of my session with the doctor this afternoon was that most of my grievances (shoulder blades, shoulders, neck, headaches, finger numbness, feeling of water retention) are due to cow's milk. I asked him to test goat's milk as well and that was fine so at least I can use that once in awhile when I want cheese and the hubby will gladly make that for us. So the affect for me with dairy is obviously inflammation. This will be a challenge as I love my cheese! Not so much milk other than smoothies, but I can substitute other "non-dairy" milks for those easily.
The first thing that happened was getting a live blood test which is actually quite fascinating and knowing what the hubbies looked like I knew mine was not right. Totally dehydrated even though I pump water through me like crazy. I had 64 oz. within 2 hours of that test and it didn't show at all. Beautiful white blood cells, but all the red ones were clumped together (like gummy worms all globbed together) so they couldn't read them for health and parasites. They could see I have issues with leaky gut and liver toxicity. I will go back next week in the morning when the weather isn't so hot, when I haven't been sitting outside in the 106+ temps and make sure to have plenty of water intake. Then I can begin treating those items. Also got a quickie lesson on the "healthy fats" so have permission to eat more avocados, nuts and olives! LOL Was nice meeting the doctor that leans towards nutrition since I've thought about seeing her at some point.
The next thing was my actual appointment with the doctor regarding my sore knee. I was right that it was not joint related and I'm thankful. It was weakened muscles from the impacts, created more issues in different pressure points connected to the knee and the biggest right now is a very inflamed tendon on the inside of my thigh. Felt like a knife when he would put any sort of pressure along the tendon. I'll be icing the tendon for several days. He did a lot of other things to restart muscles and sync things up within my body and it was amazing to see the difference in my muscle strength as he moved along. I was thankful the pain I've been having on the left front of my chest was related to the knee and not the heart. Through all of this and our conversation he tested for cow's milk.
With the additional dehydration thing he sent me home with trace minerals to take as they can't hurt and that could be at play and why my body isn't using the water I'm giving it to its potential. Between this and the dairy I should feel like a whole new person after a time. I should also be able to begin losing weight. He said I can be doing all the right things but with the internal issues of inflammation, etc., it won't happen and I'll bounce back and forth. That's exactly what I've been doing for several years now.
I will see him again next Wednesday morning after my blood test so he can do more work on the knee and get me going on getting healthier blood. I also enjoyed that his family homeschools. Just a side note!
Other activities today.... Took Isaac for physical therapy and he now only needs to go two more times. A huge "Whoop! Whoop!" goes up from the crowd! They were even able to get him in next week so we will be done sooner as previously he's only gone every other week. Once home I was so tired I took a nap before we headed out for swim lessons. I just think Monday and this continual triple digit heat had zapped me. Swim lessons went well and Maegann was able to conquer a fear of being in deeper water (where she can't touch bottom) and diving from the edge of the pool. Not from a standing position yet, but a crouched one. It's still a huge accomplishment for her. Isaac is doing great but has already had to be warned of a consequence of missing a class and watching from the side if he continues to play in the water when his back is supposed to be against it while the teacher works with another student. He was doing handstands, trying to do flips under the water, etc. I even spoke with him and he chose to continue. Big mistake! Here are a couple pictures.
Maegann is in turquoise on the left.
Isaac's in the water with the teacher.
Tomorrow.... Swim lessons and Maegann's counseling appointment. That's it! Loving it!
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said concerning him, See! Here is an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor falsehood nor duplicity! (John 1:47)
In some instances I think we need to open our minds. I think we should be single-minded (focused on the will of God), but not narrow-minded (unwilling to be open to new teachings).
There is a man in the Bible, in John 1:45-51, who Jesus had some very complimentary things to say about. His name is Nathanael. When we first meet him, Philip tells him that they'd found the Messiah and he was Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael replied, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" He was saying that he knew what the people were like in Nazareth and no Messiah would be born of that stock. To which Philip tells him simply, "Come and see!" In other words, don't make a judgment before you've seen for yourself. Nathanael went to see.
You should read your Bible and see what it says. Be open to letting God teach you and to learning. It's amazing what we could learn from God and other people He places in our paths if we didn't already think we knew it all.
Trust in Him. Don't spend too much time listening to what other people say and miss out on the great blessings God has for your life. Let go of your preconceived notions and be humble enough to see for yourself. Trust God to teach you--and keep teaching you--through His Word.
(from "Trusting God Day by Day" by Joyce Meyer)