Creating Yourself

At some point I think we have all asked ourselves, “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” Am I wrong? Am I the only one that finds myself asking these questions?

As the quote above says, Life is not about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself. I feel like a lot of people have spent the better part of their lives “finding themselves” and not creating themselves. This is where I have found myself many times. It is within this quote that I found why I haven’t “found” myself. It is because there is nothing to find, there is only room for creating. I have committed myself to creating the things that I want for myself and my life. I encourage you to question yourself, “Are you looking to find something or are you creating your life?

Creating yourself may just make you get out of your comfort zone, which for many is very hard. We like what is comfortable for us and tend not to stray from what we know even if it isn’t the best thing for us. Did you know that anything worth doing will always be an uphill? If you are coasting or things are easy then I hate to break it to you but you have room to grow. So push yourself out of your comfort zone. See what you can create for yourself. You are worth it.

I would love to hear from you. Have you already started creating yourself? What are you creating? What was it that started you in the right direction? In life, I think we get so caught up in the things that we feel we have to do that we forget to take the time to find what we love to do. I would encourage you to find what you love and do more of it. Life is too short. Do what you love.

Listen up! It’s all about the ears…..

Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children in for treatment, especially this time of year. Children are more susceptible to ear infections due to the anatomy of the ear. Adults can get ear infections, but it is less likely to occur.

There are two types of ear infections. The type that affects the middle ear and is called otitis media and is typically. The tubes inside the ear can become filled with fluid and mucus because at a young age the tubes are more horizontal to the ground and as we get older they become more vertical which allows for better drainage. This is the reason adults are less likely to be afflicted with ear infections.

The second type is common more common this time of year and is known as Swimmer’s ear or otitis externa.

As we all know, ear infections can be quite painful but if your child is too young to tell you that their ear hurts here are several telltale signs that you can watch for:

  • Tugging at ears
  • Crying more than usual
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hearing problems
  • Balance issues
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Many of the mothers report a distinct smell coming from the childs’ ear

Ear infections can go away on their own, however, as a mother, it is miserable to see your child in pain. Many parents take their child to their pediatrician and antibiotics are prescribed. Antibiotics can help fight the infection but they do have nasty side effects so I would like to share some natural solutions and prevention tools to this painful problem so that you can help your littles avoid it all together. If you choose to use antibiotics I would recommend getting the ear drops vs. the oral to avoid many of the side effects.

Being a Chiropractic Internist I must mention the importance of the chiropractic adjustment as prevention and part of treatment. A chiropractic adjustment can ensure alignment of the cervical spine which can help with drainage, but more importantly, the adjustment provides a boost to the immune system by affecting the nervous system. Along with the adjustment I also use a technique called the pharyngeal sweep. This can be uncomfortable while it is being performed but when it is done then it is done. The eustachian tubes (tubes in the ear) drain into the mouth but are covered by a muscle. By using my finger to “swipe” the muscle it will allow for the tubes to drain. I encourage parents to allow the child to spit when needed as it may drain for several hours after treatment.

As prevention I like to use Melaleuca essential oil behind the ear morning and night daily. I use doTERRA essential oils because I love their dedication to providing Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that I know are safe to use on my Itty Bitty. I am happy to share more information about doTERRA if you would like to contact me at askdrcammie@gmail.com. Melaleuca can also be used as a treatment for ear discomfort as well. During an active infection I recommend to use it behind the ear 4-5 times a day until it subsides then continue as maintenance 2 times daily as I previously mentioned for prevention. For more information on Melaleuca Touch: http://bit.ly/2Immw3B I like the roller bottle because it is super easy to use!

My Itty Bitty is constantly in water during the summer, whether it be a pool or the lake so I like to use alcohol as a prevention as well. After she has been in the pool or lake I use an eye dropper to put a couple drops of alcohol in her ear and let it sit for just 10-20 seconds then we flip her head over and do the other side. The alcohol will dry up any water that may stay in her ear.

I also recommend a product called Biocidin. There are two forms that can be used but what Biocidin does is dismantle biofilms of the bacteria decreasing the life span, therefore, shortening the duration of the infection. This is also a safer alternative to antibiotics. 😉 For more information on Biocidin LSF: http://www.healthylifestyleswellnesscenter.com/index.php?p=175885&details=1&catId=686&pid=6615&s=

Ear discomfort sucks not only for the kids but for the parents as well. I am a firm believer in preventing it in the first place and it is super easy. So parents do yourselves and your kids a favor and use these little tips and tricks. Be the super hero in your home by keeping things on hand to use so you can avoid doctors offices, waiting rooms, and copays.

Keep living happy lives peeps!


What is a Habit?

HABITS! Positive or Negative in development. Really, we probably all have some of both! Ever notice that negative habits seem easier to establish and more difficult to break? Whereas, positive habits tend to be a bit more challenging to start and super easy to break! Have you ever thought about WHY? Both require a lifestyle change, and that is usually a little more than any of us have time for, right?!  

I have never really considered habits at all until recently. This year I made a commitment to myself to read one book a month and listen to podcasts that would fill me with positive information. I guess this could be one step in the direction of creating a positive monthly habit. Well, this weekend in preparation for my  trip to Nashville, I went to my Audibles wish list and downloaded a couple books. I had pre-ordered Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Stop Apologizing, so it was already waiting for me. I had several people mention Mel Robbins The 5 Second Rule, so I chose that one knowing that I would finish the other. Now, , as I am finishing Girl, Stop Apologizing the Audible version has a “bonus” clip from her Rise conference which she happened to be talking about The 5 Second Rule which is….you guessed it MY. NEXT. BOOK!

Here is a fun little side note…I highly recommend the Audible version of The Five Second Rule, because Mel herself is reading it! I don’t know about you but I like when the author reads the book better than when narrated by someone else. The author brings personality and makes it seem like they are sitting there having a conversation with you.

Anyway, back to the original inspiration  of this blog. HABITS! She talks about habits and they contain three important  parts. Now, what are these three parts that play a vital role in habits? First is a thought/trigger, second is an action, and third is a reward. Now, these may not be the exact words that she uses, but researching this there are several different spins by several different establishments. Therefore,  use whatever words you want. You get the jist of it. I heard what she said while listening, but like anything else went in one ear and out the other. Until, I had a patient come in to the office and report that she quit smoking!. Cold turkey, quit that very day! Hmmm. So, I am curious and start asking her questions.During our conversation, I start telling her about The 5 Second Rule, and as I am trying to explain it to her I ask her if she has come up with a “substitution” for smoking. All of a sudden I find myself discussing the three parts to a habit, and it suddenly clicks! Lightbulb moment! Now, during this conversation it begins to make so much sense to me WHY people fail at creating new “Positive” habits in place of negative  habits they are trying to break. My revelation led me to think the reason it is so hard is because we don’t take into account all 3 parts.

I have never smoked, so I don’t claim to know what it is like to smoke or be addicted. Just for the purpose of breaking down the three parts of a habit, this is the example we will use. What are the three parts? First, let’s work through the thought/trigger. Often times I think that stress is the trigger, however, in young people it may just be to “fit in”. Once someone has used this negative habit several times the nicotine addiction part kicks in. Second, is the action itself which is smoking the cigarette. Third, is the reward which is the feeling of stress relief that people describe, which makes them feel better. It is this reward of feeling better that makes the person want another cigarette and the vicious cycle begins. Now, back to my patient, because remember I am just putting all this together as I am talking to her and of course she asks me for an example, so what did I do? Have you ever heard the saying “fake it til you make it”? That is what I did. I told her she clearly didn’t want to use food as a replacement because that would cause weight gain. During our discussion,  she had disclosed to me that she was smoking approximately 40 cigarettes a day. So, even if she was eating healthy stuff, that could turn into a whole lot of calories, making food replacement a no go for sure. She also said that she wanted to stay away from anything that would continue with the oral fixation part of it, so gum is not an option either. Smart girl right?! As I am scrambling to find something that would fit the guidelines of a habit,I came up with was this….positive affirmations.! I recommended that she record herself or better yet her kids saying positive affirmations for her to listen to when she felt the urge to have a cigarette. Now, let’s break this down the same way we did with smoking. First, we have the thought/trigger which is actually the same with smoking which is stress in this case. Second, the action in this case is going to be to listen to the positive affirmation. Third, the reward is that she will get to hear her sweet babies tell her how proud they are of her. OMG! Who wouldn’t want to listen to that 40 times a day?!

Since reading this can you come up with another way you could change a habit or create a new one? Since talking to her I got to thinking about other “rewards” she would gain by quitting smoking, she would gain time. SO. MUCH. TIME I have no idea how long it takes to actually smoke a cigarette so I researched it and several sites stated it can take anywhere between 2-10 minutes to smoke a cigarette depending on your smoking style. So, for our purpose here, I am going to use an average of 5 minutes. In this case, at 40 cigarettes a day, 5 minutes per cigarette would total  200 minutes per day. This means she would gain over three hours a day just by NOT smoking, and add years to her life. Not to mention the money she will save! According to Fair Reporters, the average cost of cigarettes in the US is $5.51 per pack which contains 20 cigarettes, so at 2 packs a day she will save approximately $4,000 per year. These can also be rewards to help change the habit but it will not likely make it easier to make the choice not to smoke on a daily basis. We are a society of instant gratification so we need that little hit of reward every time we make a choice to get us closer to our goal.

How can you use this principle to change a current habit or create a new habit in your life? I would love to hear from you!

Know Your Numbers – Part 1

This will be a multi-part series about which of your health numbers that you really need to be paying attention to in order to have a healthier life. There will be several different numbers that I will be discussing over the next couple of newsletters. I will discuss blood pressure, waist size, blood sugar, sleep, and cholesterol.

The first number I would like to discuss is blood pressure. There are several stages to hypertension so I have included a chart to make it easier to see them at a glance.

The first number is your systolic pressure—the pressure when your heart is pumping blood. The second number measures your diastolic pressure, which is when your heart is between beats. According to the CDC, about 75 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 American adults and nearly 20% do not even know they have it. Anyone, including children, can develop high blood pressure. It greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. As your blood pressure increases so does the resistance within your blood vessels. Therefore, your heart has to work harder with each pump to transport the blood, and over time, this can stress the heart and leave you vulnerable to heart attack or stroke. So let me break this down for you even further:

  • Less than half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
  • High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day.
  • Approximately 20 percent of U.S. adults who have high blood pressure do not know they have it.
  • Almost 30 percent of American adults have prehypertension, which raises the risk of developing high blood pressure.
  • Sixty-nine percent of people who have a first heart attack, 77 percent of people who have a first stroke, and 74 percent of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.
  • In 2009, nearly 350,000 American deaths included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause.

Many people have higher-than-normal blood pressure levels. This notion could be the result of a dangerous lifestyle or one of the complications of several diseases. The first step to improving your blood pressure is to find the reason for the elevation; however, many people with high blood pressure don’t seem to have an apparent cause.  There are several ways to reduce your blood pressure, though I will be discussing ways that you can reduce naturally without medication, however, always consult your physician to make sure that these are right for you.

1. Exercise

Exercise is the best and cheapest way to lower your blood pressure. Physical activity can make your heart healthier and stronger. Physical activity can come in many forms. It can include running, weight training, walking, swimming, playing sports, and so much more. It doesn’t even require a gym membership! Staying active everyday can reduce the pressure on your heart, making if more efficient and able to pump more blood with less effort.

2. Dark Chocolate

This is for all of you chocolate lovers out there! Dark chocolate contains flavanols, which promote healthy blood flow. There is a fine line between a healthy portion and an unhealthy portion when it comes to chocolate. A little goes a long way. 😉

3. Diet

Diet plays a HUGE role in controlling your blood pressure. Consider that food is your natural medicine, it can improve your condition or make it worse. Eating foods that contain potassium such as leafy greens can play a role in decreasing the levels of sodium in your blood, which is very important for reducing your blood pressure. Purchase fresh vegetables (and organic) whenever possible because they contain the highest amount of nutrition. Did you know that frozen vegetables are the next best thing to fresh? Well they are! So if fresh is not possible hit the freezer section instead of the can food section at the grocery store.

4. Less Alcohol

Drinking too much has a significant effect on your health, not to mention relationships. Alcohol can increase blood pressure as well as weight because most alcohol contains a lot of calories.

5. Reduce Caffeine

Caffeine seems to be an essential part of the morning routine for many people. Unfortunately, it is not just limited to the mornings for most. We have become a society that depends on caffeine to get us through our day. Drinking caffeine can significantly effect your health AND blood pressure. Caffeine influences the adrenal glands which help our body deal with stress (more on this in the next point).

6. Manage Stress

Ooooh, this is a tough one. We live in a high stress society. Stress stimulates our bodies to secrete our stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, which are secreted by…you guessed it, our adrenal glands! These hormones increase the heart rate and make the blood vessels narrower, which raises your blood pressure. First and foremost, identify the sources of stress in your life and avoid them if possible. Secondly, find healthy coping mechanisms to help you deal with the stress that you can’t eliminate, such as exercising.

7. Quit Smoking

Smoking can cause many diseases, including hypertension. Nicotine can increase your blood pressure and heart rate, increase the risk of blood clots, and increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. It can also make your arteries narrower and build their walls harder and less flexible. So, it is imperative to quit smoking or stay away from people while they are smoking. There are some ways to do that such as setting a date to quit smoking and telling your doctor and friends about it. Stopping smoking can be very hard, but it has incredible benefits.

8. More Vitamin D

Vitamin D is good for so many things. Most people don’t realize that not only is Vitamin D good for your bones but it is also a mood stabilizer and blood pressure regulator. The recommended amount of Vitamin D is 600 international units per day but I would argue that the majority of the population could use closer to 2,000 international units per day though I would back this up with checking Vitamin D levels regularly.

When managing your blood pressure it is important that you are an active participant in your healthcare. All of the recommendations above are things that you can implement in your daily routine. Taking small steps consistently will create massive results in the long term. Making lifestyle changes can improve your quality of life and allow you to do things you want to do. Do more of what you want and BE HAPPY!

5 Things That Make You Happy

I have been listening to podcasts for the last several months and with the New Year a lot of them are reviewing 2018 and setting intentions for 2019. Last week I was listening to one (I believe it was Rachel Hollis’ Rise podcast) and one of the things she said to do was list 5 things that make you happy. When was the last time you asked yourself that question? I don’t think I have ever asked myself that question so I started to try to list stuff. It is really hard! I am still working on this list a week later and I haven’t gotten too far. So I got to thinking that we as a society (or maybe it is just me) focus on all the things that we “have” to do that we forget about the things that make us happy. So in 2019 I am committing myself to doing more of the things that make me happy and saying no to more of the things that don’t serve me. With this being said I realize that there are things that we sometimes have to do that we don’t want but that doesn’t have to be the majority of the things that we do. So I want to hear from you. What are your 5 things that make you happy?

I love to work and enjoy it so it is one of my 5 things that make me happy. Over the last couple of years I have found that my focus is changing and I want to reach more than just the people I come in contact with everyday. One way to do that is through social media. I have been wanting to consistently blog and serve for the last several years and as you can see it hasn’t stuck so this year will be different. I want serve by providing information and inspiration for those of you that are searching. The name of this blog is Get Well. Stay Well. but it will probably encompass lifestyle and my journey. Beware I “squirrel” a lot! Anything shiny distracts me so this blog could be on anything at any given time. Lol! I have so many things that I still want to learn and one of the best to learn is to teach. So bear with me and enjoy the ride!

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Ringing the New Year

As I was wrapping up 2018 I began thinking about what I did right in 2018 and what I could have done better. Reflecting on 2018 made me start thinking about what I wanted for myself in 2019. In the past I have made New Years resolutions and as it turns out they haven’t worked out so well for me. I make them and then at the first of the year I am all “gung ho” then……the excitement wears off and I quit. So I asked myself, “Why?” 

I am a goal setter (though I kind of suck at the action step part) and so I started comparing goals vs. resolutions. What is the difference? Let’s talk about this.

GOAL

Believe it or not I actually had to research the difference between the two. After doing research I realized that I had been setting goals and not actually resolutions, therefore, I have been wrong this whole time. So apparently I kind of suck at setting goals too. <—– I am laughing at this by the way. 

Goals have a specific achievement. They are a destination. When thinking about goals I like to use the S.M.A.R.T goals method. Long story short when setting goals you should make sure that they are:

S – Specific (simple, sensible, significant.)

M – Measurable (meaningful, motivating.)

A – Achievable (agreed, attainable.)

R – Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based.)

T -Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitve.)

To learn more about setting your own S.M. A. R. T. goals please visit: S. M. A. R. T. goal method

The other thing about goals is what happens when you succeed? Do you just quit doing whatever it was you were doing? For instance, if your goal is a 15 pound weight loss and you reach that goal do you quit eating healthy and exercising? Or do you continue eating healthy and exercising? 

Resolutions are permanent changes to your life. They are something you do every day and not just until a specific achievement (a-hmm “goal”) is reached. Resolutions are something that we should never expect to end and should continue to be challenging so don’t be discouraged. Some days you will fail and some days you will succeed. Every day is a new day with a clean slate. Just keep going!

So how do we decide what should be a goal vs. what should be a resolution? Lets use the weight loss goal from above. The goal would be a 15 weight loss. Resolutions would be to eat healthier, drink more water, and exercise regularly. The idea is that when you reach your 15 pound weight lose you will not be actively trying to lose weight, however, you will continue to eat healthier, drink more water, and exercising. Get it?

So this year I invite you to create goals AND resolutions. Go into 2019 knowing what you want and get in the mindset to do just that!

Letting Go

This has been a year of letting go. Letting go of things both willingly and unwillingly. Letting go can be difficult for some of us so we tend to avoid it. The question I ask myself is why is it so hard to let go of things? There are even things that I hold onto that I know are not good for me whether it be relationships, material things, or even feelings for that matter. I find myself being cluttered mentally, emotionally, and physically and yet I can’t let go. 
This year alone I have seen friendships end, changes in the workplace, and most recently our town has experienced loss due to massive flooding. The loss that I see due to the flooding is staggering. There are people who have lost their homes and others who have lost their businesses. The town itself looks different and yet the people in it have come together beautifully. I have had loss due to the flood in my little space in the world and yet I am blessed because it could have been so much worse. I still have a roof over my head, clothes in my closet ( ok, so they sit on my dryer), and I am still able to see my patients. These are blessings that many others lost less than two weeks ago and their lives will forever be changed, however, the town will recover and the people will recover. 
I think sometimes it takes devastating things to happen in order to bring the positive change needed. We don’t have to understand the process but we do have to trust it.

Reflection

As I reflect upon 2016 there are definitely things that I could have done better. I feel like I was lost the majority of the year. I lost my way. I had no direction, no goals, and no discipline to get anything done. I did a lot of reading, thinking, and reflection. Now it is a new year and I am ready for a new me.

When I think of 2017 I know I will not make New Year resolutions. I will not set myself up for failure. What I will do though is commit to being a better version of myself. I plan to do this by having a plan and constantly work towards my goals. I have spent the last several months trying to find my purpose, my WHY. I am still not 100% certain of what my purpose is, however, I am closer to my WHY. Once I find my WHY my purpose will appear. For 2017 I will ask myself one question with everything I do, and that question is….. What is the ONE thing I can do right now that will make me a better version of myself? That one question can be asked in every aspect of my life. What is the ONE thing I can do right now to be a better mom? What is the ONE thing I can do right now to make me healthier? What is the ONE thing I can do right now to be a better doctor? It can be used for anything!

So, what will you do in 2017? What is the ONE thing you can do right now that will move you closer to your goals?

Here is to a New Year and a New You!

My Little Buddy

As written by Jenny Poor

Warning: Be advised there is sensitive material at the bottom.

On January 7th 2016, I found out I had round worms.  This came as a surprise to me, as I consider myself to be a clean person.  After doing further research, I learned that most people probably have parasites.  If you eat out; if you have indoor pets; if you live on a farm; if you get dirty river or lake water in your mouth; if you get bitten by certain bugs; you have been exposed to parasites.  These are not the only ways to get parasites; they are just some of the more common ones.   I don’t know when, where, or how I got them.  I just know that I did.  It could happen anywhere anytime and it is next to impossible to pin point when you get them.

Given that this was new experience for me, it was a total shock to find a 12 inch worm in the toilet after I went #2 (forgive me; I’m a mom of young children).  In fact, I usually don’t even check what comes out when I poop.  I just wipe, flush, and wash my hands and really don’t give it a second thought.  I’m thankful that I did look that day.  We are guessing that my little buddy and his friends came to join me about a year ago.  Worms usually grow about an inch a year and my guy is approximately 12 inches long.  Don’t believe me, come visit me at the office, he is usually hanging out in my lab in his jar of formaldehyde.

Most people who meet “Wormy” usually ask me if I had any symptoms.  Looking back now, I did have symptoms, but didn’t know what they were symptoms of.  One such indicator included not being able to get a good deep breath.  When round worms are introduced into the body, they take up residence in the lungs, which would explain the difficulty getting that deep breath that I experienced.  When they mature they swim into the blood stream and find their way to the digestive system where they like to hang out and make it extremely difficult for a person to absorb nutrients and stay healthy.  Another manifestation of this parasite was that my saliva and urine pH usually ran on the alkaline end of things and no matter what I did, I could not get it balanced.  I know what you’re thinking… ‘Oh, great here is a pH loving quack! Doesn’t she know you can’t change blood pH?!?’  For those of you nay-sayers I’m not talking about BLOOD pH (that’s a WHOLE different newsletter), I’m talking about URINE and SALIVA pH.  Through diet & lifestyle adjustments you can change urine & saliva pH.  As I stated earlier, no matter what I did I could not get my alkaline pH balanced.  When a person is alkaline their digestion is extremely slow and the food is usually rolling around and fermenting in the gut and basically rotting.  Parasites LOVE this!!!  It’s like an all you can eat buffet for them.  One of the last symptoms I kept having and couldn’t find a reason for were headaches.  They would keep popping up for no reason; especially about 2 weeks before Wormy made his way into the porcelain bowl.  We were really starting to get worried as to why I was having these headaches.  My diet was good, I was active, I was doing all of the right things, but these dang headaches would not quit!  Once I passed Wormy the headaches pretty much stopped.  I still get an occasional one, but I can usually pinpoint the cause and fix it.

As you can imagine, when this parasite made its appearance, I was kind of freaking out.  I will admit that my knee-jerk reaction was to call my MD.  However, I got to the office with Wormy in hand (really a jar), and talked to Dr. Cammie about my options.  We did a little research, and found that there are several natural options that we had that have proven to work well in eliminating parasites.  I decided I would try these natural ways and if they didn’t work I would call my MD and get a prescription for an anti-parasitic.  Fast forward 2 months later and 1 stool test and I am no longer a host to any round worms!  All of the symptoms listed above have disappeared and the pH is balanced for the first time.

After all of this was said and done, I realized that if I hadn’t checked my poo, I would have never known that I had parasites.  I encourage you to start checking what is in the toilet after you go poop.  In fact, you should check ANYTHING that comes out of your body…you never know what you’re going to get.  Knowledge is power, be empowered!

 

 

 

Confessions of a Mom

This is written by Jenny Poor.

I am going to admit a wrong doing that I did 6 ½ years ago. This confession isn’t so you will feel sorry for me or so you can tell me that it is ok. My reasoning behind all of this is so hopefully I can shed some light on the effects of poor choices moms sometimes make.

On November 18, 2008 I gave birth to a handsome, funny, quirky, empathetic, wonderful, awesome little boy, Cooper. However, I made a decision the week before he was born that I truly think has affected his whole life. I decided to be induced. Was there a risk of life on either of our parts? No. Was he getting too big? No. So what was the reason? You ask. I had two very selfish reasons…1) My OB was going home (out of state) for Thanksgiving (the week Cooper was originally due) and his partner was going to be on call. His partner is a very competent doctor, but he wasn’t MY doctor. He didn’t know my quirks. 2) This is the best reason if you ask me (insert extreme sarcasm there), I didn’t want to be in the hospital for Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday). Yep, true selfishness right there on both reasons.

As most moms know and soon-to-be moms learn, a babies lungs are the last thing to develop when in utero. However because I was in the “safe” zone of 38 weeks my OB said “Ok, be at the hospital at 7am on the 18th and we will try induction”. Don’t get me wrong, I am not placing any blame on the OB. I take full blame for this. I should have researched the effects of induction, I should have put my “big girl panties” on and sucked it up and had Cooper when my body and he said it was time.

Fast forward 6 ½ years & here I am on a beautiful weekend in July with Cooper who has a cold that has settled in his chest. Have you ever tried to keep an otherwise healthy 6 ½ year old still? You would have better luck nailing Jell-O to the wall. Whenever he gets a cold or allergies kick in they will go straight to his respiratory system. When this happens, Cooper ends up with his notorious “snot rockets” when he sneezes, a dry wheezy cough, and dark circles around his eyes due to lack of sleep because the boy can’t breathe. Every time this happens I am reminded that it is because of that choice of convenience that I made.

So why am I telling you this? I writing this for a few reasons. I am writing this to encourage moms-to-be to research when you decide to induce for convenience sake. The majority of us have access to the internet and can find a ton of information on induction. Also, talk to other moms about their experiences. We aren’t shy when it comes to talking about labor and delivery! I am writing this to hopefully help the other moms who were induced that have kids like Cooper. Lastly, I am writing this for ALL moms that have ever made any kind of mistake. It’s ok! We, as moms and parents for that matter, are not perfect. If you made a mistake, FIX it and stop beating yourself up over it. I for one am going to forgive myself (the Lord knows I have given myself a 6 ½ years guilt trip over it) and work to fix the problem. Is Cooper going to get better over night? No, the problem didn’t come to this point over night, so why should it happen that quickly? However, through good nutrition, supplementation, other natural ways, and with God’s help we will fix the problem.

With all things concerning your health and the health of your family, I encourage you to research all of your options and be your advocate and the advocate of your family.