Well, the newspaper article in which my talk was featured did not make me sound like a fool (thanks ed.!), and sunnier days are upon us. At the same time, migraines have set in for the past week, concealing my latest sinus infection and causing quite a spiral. With renewed determination, I visited a local shop called Bubbles & Balms to invest in a diffuser and some awesome essential oils (so lucky to have this kind of business in our small town). At the same time, I am refilling my prescription for migraine meds, but also plan to try a new regimen of magnesium supplements and CoQ10. At least these massive, long-lasting headaches are less frequent than they have been in years past. I still get so lazy when things seem to be going well. I will try to keep using my neti pot at least once a week (yep! finally got brave enough to try a pot instead of a bottle and it is actually not too bad at all - i stuck with the neilmed brand as it was not expensive, and I like the premeasured salt packages).
Shopping! With my newfound freedom from debt of course HAS to come a few other new purchases, including a selection of tunics from my fave: the Hunger Site (300 cups of food funded with my purchase! and the clothes are lovely). While I have never considered myself a shopaholic, it feels good. I also indulged in a slightly impractical pair of shoes by Poetic License - and a more practical pair of Rocket Dogs :) (first time shopping at shoeme.ca and all is well!)
In other health news, I have been unexpectedly presented with a third chance to get tested for obstructive sleep apnea (something I was not willing to go in search of after the previous two attempts). It's a bit of a long story, but I've decided to go ahead with it (the fact that you can now do the sleep test at home will maybe make a difference, as well as my increased levels of experience and confidence at dealing with medical professionals... I hope!). My brother has been tested and diagnosed as well. One of our family "curses" is a very small jaw structure, lending to the dreaded "double chin" even when not overweight. I feel that this was an overlooked element in my previous tests (as a young, slender woman at the time, the doctors did not expect to see anything of that sort). It is a reminder of my urgings to please be your own health expert; no single (or sometimes even double) test can replace your own lifetime of experience. Ironically my "chin issues" have been the bane of my self esteem forever; wouldn't it be interesting if they were actually the cause of my chronic health issues as well? I will keep you posted.
I am still working on my garden and so far it is still my most successful garden EVER :) I chose to locate it within our old trampoline frame primarily because there was already some bare dirt there; however I am aware that if I become more knowledgeable it may prove useful for shelter/cover or as a support structure. My potted herbs are not doing as well, but it is all a grand experiment.