For once, I wish this were entirely about the past, but it's not.
In 2007, I had a severe bowel obstruction & ended up in the hospital. The doctor told us that there was no other choice but to do major surgery. He said the surgery would fix me, but I was not told of any of the risks other than signing the consent form which excused the doctor if I died on the operating table. I have a 5" scar down my belly now, & yet I loved that scar, because I thought I was fixed.
After the surgery I had 8 more obstructions in a few month's time & was in the ER & hospital every time. (The surgery did wonders, eh?) They told me on the 10th & last obstruction that if I had one more, they would do another surgery & give me a colostomy (permanent elimination bag).
What's interesting is, they did not even once do any enemas to clean out my intestines. Not in all of those ER/hospital stays. One nurse told me they "may" decide to give me a barium enema, which may or may not help, but they never did... They did give me one endoscopy (I thought I was going to die from that alone!), but it didn't do squat. Other than that, I was given IV fluids & morphine for the pain, as I waited it out in my hospital room for 1-3 days at a time. I was put on life long medications & was told to return every 5 years for a colonoscopy. The first colonoscopy, a year after the surgery, revealed slight polyps, but they told me I was ok.
My gastroenterologist informed me that the severe emotional stress from a situation growing up was most likely the main cause (emotional trigger) for the condition of my colon, which in turn caused the environment for the obstructions to occur. Our mainstream eating habits (refined & processed foods) caused poor digestion, which ultimately caused the obstructions.
It was not long after the obstructions finally stopped, that I began making changes in my family's diet & learning about holistic health. The obstructions never returned, & I was able to get off the medications & didn't need to go back for another colonoscopy. I fully attribute this success to ditching my "food product" Standard American Diet & trading it for drinking a lot of water & eating nourishing real food.
I haven't talked about the following to more than my immediate family & a couple of my practitioner friends. But I'm telling everyone now, not because I want too, but because:
1- People need to be informed (Bowel obstructions are more common than I thought) & need to know why it's SO important to ask questions before medical procedures or taking medications!
2- I want to explain one of the reasons why I've talked about new business projects (courses & trainings) but have not yet implemented them, when everyone keeps asking.
3- I need to let you know where I am emotionally & physically, because I think I'm ready for outside support instead of keeping it to myself.
4- I want you to know that practitioners & mentors/coaches don't have perfect lives, even if it looks like we do. We experience hard things. VERY hard things. And I believe it's because of this, that we're able to help & work with our clients with compassion & understanding.
Fast forward 7 years... In May of this year, 2 days after my daughter's wedding, I had another bowel obstruction. My wonderful friend's husband is an energy practitioner, & he graciously stayed up late to work on me that night. Along with that & other holistic remedies I used, as well as a LOT of prayer, I was able to finally pass everything & avoided going to the hospital for the first time in all of my obstruction history.
At the beginning of July I had yet another obstruction. I did much of the same & and was able to avoid going to the hospital.
Things manifest emotionally/energetically before they manifest physically. And once triggered, the physical results can be difficult to get rid of, especially in severe cases such as obstructions. (Getting & keeping your emotions & energy in balance, and eating real food are critical to a healthy life. Period.)
This past Tuesday, Aug 18th, coming home from a short trip to Utah, another obstruction started up in the car. My husband was with me this time, thank goodness (he was gone the other times). A couple of things came to my mind at that moment of realization... I'd eaten more meat in a 2 week period than I'd eaten in the last 6 months (we don't eat much meat), & we had to eat (the best we could, but still not great) at restaurants on our trip. I knew emotions & food were BOTH factors.
I threw up 3 times, my stomach was cramping worse than labor pains, I was shaking, & felt like I was going to pass out. I did the same routine as the other 2 times with energy work, homeopathy, colon cleansing, prayer, etc., but it wasn't working. The pain was unbearable, & I told my husband that I thought it was time he take me to the hospital. I knew it would not be good though, because they would push another surgery & a colostomy (the bag) on me. They already told me that... But I couldn't handle the pain anymore & was afraid it may be a full obstruction, which can kill a person. As against most pharmaceutical medications as I am these days, I was wishing for morphine.
In my faith (LDS) blessings are often given by Priesthood holders to those who are sick or afflicted. I asked my husband to give me a blessing. I was told in the blessing, that I would pass the blockage & be able to have a restful night's sleep. A little while later, after just about losing hope, I threw up one more time, used some essential oils, took a homeopathic remedy, did one last cleaning out of my intestines, & it FINALLY. SETTLED. DOWN.
I slept peacefully the rest of the night. Needless to say, when I woke up, I closed my eyes & thanked my Heavenly Father for the blessing.
It takes me at least 3 days to get back to feeling normal, & as of tonight, I'm still extremely tired. My belly & most of the muscles in my body are very sore. To say that bowel obstructions are worse than labor is an understatement.
To date, I have had 13. I hope to have no more...
As I laid in bed researching on my phone the next day, I found some very disturbing information... Information I was never told before my surgery 8 years ago, or any other of the 9 times I was in the hospital. If I had been informed, my decision to consent to the surgery may have been different.
Surgery to repair blocked bowels often causes adhesions and more blockages. Post-surgical adhesions are the primary cause of small bowel obstruction (SBO) - a life-threatening condition that prevents food from passing through the digestive tract.
Abdominal surgery is the most frequent cause of abdominal adhesions. Almost everyone who undergoes abdominal surgery develops adhesions; however, the risk is greater after operations on the lower abdomen and pelvis, including bowel and gynecological surgeries. Adhesions can become larger and tighter as time passes, causing problems years after surgery.
Surgery-induced causes of abdominal adhesions include:
And here I am... Exhausted emotionally & in pain physically, but grateful to be at home & not in the hospital. :)
As of yesterday, I'm:
- Working on a fairly strict gut/bowel healing diet.
- Beginning colon-hydrotherapy treatments, (safe & natural high powered colon irrigation), & massage therapy for my belly.
- Taking more time for & more care of myself.
- Focusing even more on personal, emotional, & spiritual development.
- Doing only what I feel I can do for as long as it takes.
- Not worrying anymore about whether others think we're weird or are offended by me (or my family) not eating "foods" that are served at potlucks, family/friend gatherings, parties, etc.
My advice for the day... Be kind to yourself & others. Get your emotions in check. Nourish your body with good food. Ask questions, & research! A little click of the mouse goes a very long way. (EDIT Saturday, Aug. 22nd) : I went on an unexpected long hard hike down a canyon & all the way back up today with 2 friends today. Sunshine & exercise did me a lot of good. I didn't know if I could do it, considering what my body had just experienced & was still feeling, but I did it! I learned a lot from that hike. It taught me things I've been pondering on the past couple of months, & my vision is a little clearer now. That very hard experience was extremely healing for me. I can do things I don't normally think I can do. And you can too. If you doubt your abilities, try it anyway. Perseverance, my friends.)
Do you grow wheat grass?
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This nutrient-rich grass contains 17 amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins.
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* Wheatgrass improves digestion.
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* Wheatgrass juice helps cleanse the liver
* Wheatgrass juice prevents tooth decay
* Wheatgrass juice is good for skin problems. It improves complexion, treats acne, and removes acne scars.
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* boosts the immune system
* calming the nervous system
* promotes regularity & helps fight constipation
* The chlorophyll present in wheatgrass will wash drug deposits from the body, neutralize toxins in the body, help purify the liver, and prevent aging. The chlorophyll also stabilizes blood sugar levels.
If you did not have access to fruits & vegetables, but you were able to sprout wheat grass, you would still be very well nourished!
You can juice it, chop/grind it up & add it to sauces, casseroles, smoothies, etc...
You can use a tray sprouter (I like Sprout Master brand best) or wide mouth mason jar to grow your wheatgrass.
Pour in 1/4 cup of fresh whole wheat.
Cover with water (about 2" above top of wheat) & let soak overnight.
The next day, rinse wheat (with cool water), then drain well. Do this AT LEAST 3 times a day.
Cover jar opening with cheesecloth or paper towel, etc... & secure with rubberband.
Keep in warm area, & expose to light (a window or small lamp work great)
In a day or 2 you'll notice little tails on your wheat. Within 4-5 days, beautiful green grass will fill your jar! Gently pull out the wheat sprouts & grass with tongs or your fingers...
*NOTE: In a jar, the grass will only grow about 2 inches high... In a sprouter, it will grow 4-6 inches high
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