We’re moving…again!

Well, it has been quite the world wind of a month over here – we celebrated my 32nd birthday, celebrated Easter, then bought a house! What?!

IMG_3859Our new beauty! It’s ours on July 28!IMG_3863Grandma with her 2 kiddos on Easter
IMG_3900My niece giving me the stare downIMG_3899Grayson playing in the sink while grandma gets the ham prepared for Easter. No, they don’t have a garburator!!!IMG_3878

My mom telling G he’s the king of the castle after he asked for a pillow to lean against while he eats dinner

We bought a house in Burlington, Ontario, with a nice size yard for our puppy Sully to run in. It’s ready to move in, with its gorgeous original 1967 dark wood floors, and there is definitely room for improvement to make it our own! Down the road we plan on getting my brother’s help to gut the kitchen, and also make one of the bedroom’s upstairs into a master walk in closet, and master bathroom, as well as moving the laundry from the basement to the 2nd floor. For now, I will use one of the bedrooms as my office, and once we pop some kids out, I’ll move it to the basement, which is finished. It has been quite the stressful month, but a good end to it! We are both looking forward to living in an older neighbourhood with mature trees, an outdoor pool down the road, bike trails right by us, and a few parks around. We’re also super close to my yoga studio and a bunch of amenities, aka 3 Starbucks! Our families are also much closer with my parents 10 min away, his sister 15, my brother 20 and his parent’s 20. Not too shabby, aside from the fact that Bart’s commute will be longer now, but maybe in the future he’ll change jobs, or be able to work from home at times. Needless to say, it’s been quite the month, and we’re excited about our move in 120 days! Woot!

Now onto how things have been going with me lately. Although I am still loving school and the material, I’m getting a bit drained from all of the studying, assignments, exams, and the go go go – there’s only so much my adrenals can take when they are already beyond exhausted. The stress of school is really starting to take a toll on my body – I’m not sleeping well most nights, I don’t have the energy to get up in the morning (well I never do, but more so now), my fatigue and pain have been much worse, and I’m just feeling down and more negative than usual.

We are currently studying the pathology of disease, which is interesting, but a bit drab the way it’s being taught. What’s even more frustrating is the fact that today we went over fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and scoliosis (as well as other diseases) and it was very hard for me to sit in class listening to my teacher talk about these illnesses, and listen to the comments from some of my classmates. First of all, the way she explained fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome wasn’t in the best manner, and she made it sound like illnesses that doctors diagnose only if they can’t find another diagnosis, yes this is true, however, also not true as well. There has been much improvement in the diagnosis of these illnesses, and as someone who touts herself as being a pro at healing fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, she should know this. Nowhere did she mention the debilitating pain or fatigue we experience, not to mention the unrefreshed sleep, tenderness, and memory and concentration issues. I questioned her a few times, and it seemed like she was a bit put off by my questions, as if I was threatening her – I was questioning, which is what I always do, and some teachers appreciate it, and others not so much. I was doing it politely!

Listening to how little she actually knows about these illnesses, really makes me realize just HOW MUCH I DO know about them. Not only have I spent the majority of my life suffering from these illnesses, I have also spent those 20 years doing as much research as possible into these diseases. Does this make me an expert, do be honest, I think it might. Now that I see just how little the naturopathic doctor community may know about fibromyalgia and how to treat it, this is where I need to step in and provide my expertise. I would love it if I could find a doctor to work alongside to specialize in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, because I think I can really make a difference in people’s lives. Not only can I offer my knowledge from a nutritional perspective, I can also provide compassion and understanding as a patient!

These illnesses are VERY difficult to live with, and they shouldn’t be simplified as something so basic and easy to treat. If this were the case, I wouldn’t be sitting here absolutely exhausted, with no adrenal glands functioning, a low thyroid function, not being able to sleep, suffering from the mental symptoms from anxiety and depression, severe pain, memory and concentration issues, PMS, and the list can go on and on and on.

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My favourite peppermint tea – mom found it at the Italian Bakery by their house in Oakville and I can’t find it anywhere else so I’ll have to pick up a box next time I’m there!! Perfect study tea 🙂

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Studying for my exam yesterday

If ANY of you know of a doctor in Canada or the US who specialize in fibromyalgia (or chronic fatigue) and would be looking for a nutritionist to work with, let me know! I am off to try to take a quick power nap if my body allows, then hopefully find some energy to do some textbook reading. I need to ensure I get enough rest though because I have a class from 2-5 tomorrow, an assignment to work on, class Thursday, then a seminar on Friday. It may sound like very little schooling but it is a LOT of work! I can’t wait till classes are over in June…3 more months!

Hope you all are enjoying your week 🙂

Xoxo Lex

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