As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s very important to listen to our bodies when they are sending us “warning signals”. Well, well, well… I have to say I didn’t listen to myself (or my body for that matter) over the weekend and suffered severely for it!
I have been feeling GREAT lately so I figured it was time to get more involved and get out more since the Holiday Season is here and there is a lot on the go. I went for lunch on Friday and did a little shopping, then on Saturday I was invited to a Christmas party that I went to and stayed at until 11PM (that’s way later than I’m used to being up these days). I didn’t eat much before or at the party. Then it was family wakeup day on Sunday and we hit the day running so I didn’t grab much to eat. We had lots of errands to do so we could get back and ready for another Christmas party (sounds tiring doesn’t it!)
Later, as the 4 of us ran out the door for the party, I think I grabbed a handful of nuts in hopes it would hold me over. We didn’t have time to eat and next thing I knew I was at the party talking to everyone and drinking my Perrier (my new drink of choice). I was having a great time (again) and it was fantastic to see everyone. I failed to mention that I was also on the final day of my Chemo cycle which kicks that crap out of you pretty good so I really should have been more careful.
Just as dinner is getting ready to be served… I feel a little wobbly and went to the washroom to try to regroup myself (as we all need to do during the holidays sometimes lol). Next thing I know I had to call in my wife to help me as I’m experiencing a seizure! Ouch… I made it through everything okay and was taken to the hospital. Stayed there for a couple of hours and then came home to crash. I’m doing fine but I think I’ll need a few days to recover and learn my lesson for the next time. The major signs that my body was sending me were mainly caused by these triggers that I have to look out for in the future to hopefully eliminate this from happening again:
- Lack of sleep (from Chemo)
- Lack of food
- Being on Chemo medication
It’s not rocket science for anyone who suffers from Seizures and/or Epilepsy as I was reading on Dr Weils site:
… noted that epilepsy patients need to make sure they get adequate sleep, eat regularly, avoid alcohol and limit caffeine. Since many of the drugs given to prevent seizures can exacerbate nutritional deficiencies, Dr. Low Dog suggested that your niece (or her parents) discuss with her physician the use of a multiple vitamin that contains folate, vitamin B6, magnesium and vitamin D.
I’m doing well. I didn’t write this post to scare anyone… just to remind us again to LISTEN TO OUR BODIES when it sends signals. Also, I don’t want anyone to feel bad who was involved as these are my choices that I have to learn to make better in the future! Happy resting everyone, remember to get your rest during the Holidays!
Lots of love,