*Continuance of “My Story” starting with Blog #1: When your life flashes before your eyes in a flood gate of memories…
It was the end of September 2015. Mom and I had completed the GTin5 program, having been done with it for over a month. However, we were still doing the 80-20 maintenance diet. I hadn’t expanded my diet too much, since I was still feeling pretty miserable.
Mom and I stood together in the garden, working and talking. We discussed many subjects, including her skin rash(which was still itching) and the left side abdominal and back pain I continued to have.
“The itching flares up only when I’m hot and sweating, like right NOW!” she chuckled. “Otherwise it seems to be improving.” She smiled. Slowly but surely wins the race, flashed through my mind.
“Mom, you look healthy and vibrant! You look younger than you did before starting the GTin5 Program!”
Mom looked up from picking green beans and said, “God love ya, girl!”(Line from one of our many fav movies, “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”). Followed by, “I FEEL a lot better too!”
I continued to battle bloating, dull and achy abdominal/back pain, nausea and dizziness that were present day and night, and headaches getting worse again, especially when I was tired to the point of exhaustion. I was still constipated too(which aggravated me). I had moments of feeling “okay”, but that varied from minute to minute and hour to hour.
JE September 14th, 2015
Not feeling so great… sore throat, itchy eyes, ears, and even face. This is the second time with this Strep Throat stuff, although it’s not as bad this time around. I’m still constipated and living on daily enemas. Yes, it’s very old already. Lord, it sure would be nice to have BMs on my own to push this junk out of my system. I’m a mess. Give me patience, Papa.
God was giving me patience. I may not have been able to have BMs on my own, but I was doing enemas twice a day, which was enough to keep up with the detoxification process. The horrid, yucky, toxins(in many forms including Gallstones) continued to come out during the enemas. The Gallstones passed until they were none left. I smiled thinking, “Well, never ever would I have thought Gallstones would/could come out of a 20 something year old!” Ha!
“People come into our life for a reason a season or for a lifetime.” I’ve found this to be true. Have you?
In my health journey thus far, I’d met many professionals that had been helpful for me, to whatever degree it may have been. They came in many different forms; The Reflexologist, the Acupuncturist, FMDs(Functional Medicine Doctors), MDs(Medical Doctors), the leaders of the GTin5 Program(Christa, Dr. Tom O’Bryan, Dr. Jack Tips), my Chiropractor, my Mom, Massage Therapist and friend(Laurie), more MTs coming in soon to the unfolding story, and other individuals as well. Point being, they each were helpful. Not one of them was better than the next. All of them were aiding in helping “better” my health and life. Some of these same individuals had spoken prophetic words as to what was going on with my health, or inside my body.
The Reflexologist had asked, “What is going on with your Pancreas and Stomach, Kelly?”
Laurie had said, “It feels like you have a fire burning inside you.”
On September 21, 2015, Mom surprised me with a Craniosacral Massage Therapy(CMT) appointment. I’d had CMT done once in 2012. I literally had no idea what kind of results I would be getting before going to that 2012 appointment, but on a phone call before the appointed CMT, I remember the Therapist(Diane) asking me a bunch of questions, and then telling me how to prepare for the appointment. I was slightly confused because I thought I was just getting a regular deep tissue massage. Craniosacral therapy had NOT been on my radar!
What is Craniosacral Massage you may be asking? It is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. It allows the cerebral spinal fluid(this is in our spinal column) to be normalized. The goal of craniosacral massage is to release compression in the areas which alleviates stress and pain. This type of massage works directly with the myofacial tissue(the thin, strong, fibrous connective tissue that extends throughout our body to provide support and protection to our muscles and bones). Myofacial tissue actually holds EVERYTHING in place in our bodies! Pretty neat, eh? The body is an amazing structure!
At the first(2012) CSM appointment, I’d laid on the table, then Diane gave me a couple minutes to relax before she started working. I’d battled sciatica since right after high school. Added in with my gut issues, the sciatica always seemed to linger, or flare up, depending on how my gut felt. Why? Because my pelvis was tilted, which I came to find out in that very first appointment with Diane.
I’d walked away from that first appointment in jaw dropping amazement. She barely even touched me! Yet, I feel AMAZING. And, my sacrum and pelvis feel the best they’ve ever felt! Diane had been able to help relax my pelvic muscles, which aided in the releasing of the sacrum itself, so that my pelvis(that had been tilted) would ultimately shift back to where it was supposed to be. Those were the days when I was over-exercising, running 3-12 miles per day. Despite how awesome that first appointment was, I didn’t end up going back again.
The long short of this? Those last few years of 2013-15 my tilted pelvis had gotten worse again. I’d told Mom about craniosacral massage at times throughout the years during massage schooling, and now with the second appointment being made I was anxious to see if this therapy would, again, be helpful as it was years prior.
I wonder if correcting the pelvic tilt will aid in better digestion? I was eager to find out!