Just saw a video of someone with long COVID describing how hard it is to get their hair cut. Bright lights, loud music, hair dryers, people; it can be exhausting.
My strategy starts with my hairstyle. It allows me to only need to go to the salon 4-5 times a year. I have bangs that I rough cut, not aiming for that perfect straight line. Having my mistakes fixed every few months seems to work. I have my stylist cut it as short as it can go and still be able to pull it back. I don’t have the energy to blow dry and style my hair before work. The back of my hair can grow for months before it noticeably needs to be cut.
I try to make morning appointments, even better if it’s a weekday; less customers and less stylists at their chairs. Finding a ‘one stylist salon’ would be great but it’s difficult and likely expensive. I also have a person I like that caters to my quirks. Like wanting an extra towel under my neck at the sink and knowing that I want to sit up if there is a reason for waiting at the sink (conditioner, getting more towels from the dryer). Most stylists seem good about chatting or not chatting depending on their clients’ mood, and mine is certainly good at that.
The rest of the day’s schedule is kept as light as possible; a short trip to the store on my way home or a couple hours of work at most.
Almost no effort put into getting ready for the appointment. Comfortable clothes, no make up, but do make sure to brush my hair really well to limit any knots they need to work out. If you do not need any processing, you can wash your hair before/after as needed if the hair bowl thing is uncomfortable for you.
I was looking about online for some information for some of my patients having fatigue issues after COVID and came across a site that had an interesting scale on it. Thought to share in case anyone else found it useful. I added some links at the bottom to store for myself and in case anyone was interested in more information.
I think I am at 50 because I have been going up to level 60 for a couple of weeks and my symptoms have started to flair up. Maybe somewhere in the middle. You are supposed to ask yourself: what activity level am I able to sustain without increasing symptoms?
I did not wish to wait until my next doctor’s visit to test again so I found the lab they used and requested a cortisol test. If I retest aldosterone levels, it will have to wait for a regular MD visit and traditional lab work.
Something seems to be working!!
I also did an AM blood sample that showed a level within the normal range.
For a few weeks prior to the test, I was not taking any adrenal support supplements. I was still using an increased amount of salt in the form of Himalayan salt.
I have a new toy! It took me a month to get it out of the box and play with it but I think its a winner for occasional use.
Whenever I had spotted bananas that I would not get to in time, I peeled and threw them in the freezer. I also cleaned, prepped, and stored some strawberries when there was a BOGO free deal at the store.
I let them defrost for 15 minutes…well closer to 30 after talking with a neighbor.
You put the fruit in the chute and out comes some soft serve ice-cream type food.
I encountered three people in the past two weeks that were all self-treating Achilles tendinitis.
They all were getting worse.
They all were making the same mistake.
This is my public service announcement for the week. Many of us employ the treat by consensus plan. We consult Dr. Google. We ask friends. We call family. We listen to trainers that a friend of a friend’s aunt knows. I know I do it. Apparently, some of my friends do as well. Adding to that, we have the voice of our fourth grade gym teacher in our head; “no pain, no gain”.
The consensus/group think treatment for Achilles tendinitis seems to be: stretch till it bleeds.
The calf muscle group is often tight and needs to be stretched. However, overstretching can irritate an injured muscle or tendon. If the pain is where the tendon inserts onto the heel, you can start to weaken the insertion point. My little art project:
Lyme disease:n. An inflammatory disease caused by a spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is transmitted by ticks, usually characterized initially by a rash followed by flulike symptoms including fever, joint pain, and headache. (from the freedictonary)
After hours of online and book reading, I will attempt to summarize what has stuck in my brain. Please comment with any additional information or possible corrections. I will add links at the bottom of this post for those of you who wish to begin your own fact finding mission. Caution: “facts” about Lyme seem to be fuzzy. Answers seem to hinge on who you ask.
The test results reported on the last post could lead to a label of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is an unrecognized medical diagnosis. From the reading I have done so far, it seems the only acceptable adrenal diagnosis is adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s Disease. Two of the hallmark symptoms of Addison’s are weight loss and hyper-pigmentation. I have weight gain and hypo-pigmentation. What I do have is fatigue and low blood pressure.
Click for photo source site and adrenal information
One of the reasons that I started my “get healthy” journey and, in fact, one of the reasons I began this blog is that I have a very small bucket of energy to get me through the day. I have been searching for the right mix of healthy solutions to apply to my life. The journey has taught me a great deal but I have not felt much, if at all, better.
I decided to step outside the box again and drive over to visit an integrative and natural medicine center. My first appointment involved the nurse taking some basic vitals and few more tests. Then, the doctor and myself sat in his office and discussed everything for over 90 minutes. He suggested some tests and let me know which ones he thought were more urgent and important, and why. Together, we decided the tests that I would take. It felt a little odd to be out of the more paternalistic and time crunched model.
I returned to the doctor about 5 weeks later and discussed the results (another 80 minutes of discussion). There are still some investigations to be done to get to the bottom of what, if anything may causing some of the results.
* This office does not accept insurance. Using a cash based system offers them more freedom in how to conduct their practice.
There is a huge learning curve going on here, so I am sure to be sharing more related information as time goes on. I am sharing this just as general information on my journey. If you have any specific questions just ask away, or email. The “traditional” medical doctors I have gone to over the years did not run or offer these tests. There is controversy over some of these tests’ accuracy and over the treatments offered. If you have experience or information on any of these topics please feel free to share! But like Planet Fitness, this is a no judgement zone.
This test was done at home through a saliva collection at certain times throughout the day. The result was that my level was low throughout the day…well late at night it was near the average range. So, when I am sleeping, I am close to normal. 8)