Category Archive: Self-Care

How I practice it (and how I need to)

Sep
11

On Vulnerability

Considering what I do for a living, you would think I would be an expert in vulnerability. After all, I get the privilege of being present with people during some of the worst, hardest days of their lives. I am a witness to their own vulnerability. But alas, how little this gift makes its way …

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Sep
03

A New Day Coming

Hello, friends. I have missed you! I have missed this. Boy has it been a hell of a year (and counting). Since I last posted, I found a new job as a palliative care nurse practitioner. I firmly believe that I am doing what I was built to do. It is beyond gratifying, even when …

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Apr
12

Whirlwind!

Helloooooooooo friends! I’ve missed you! Where to even begin with the last six-ish months of life happenings?!? I think what I plan/intend to do is give you a quick synopsis – with more detailed posts to come – in the hopes that 1) it will keep you coming back after my unplanned hiatus and 2) …

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May
07

Food, Glorious Food

It is the final day of my full liquid diet! Cue the party horns, streamers and balloons! I’m at the point that I am literally gagging on soup, even when it tastes good. I’m not normally a fan of semi-solid textures all by themselves (think: baby food), but bring on the purees! It’s curious how …

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Apr
29

All the Feelings

One of the surprises I have not been really prepared for is the gamut of emotions that I run through each day (often from minute to minute). I was warned during my preop phase that emotional ups and downs and insomnia were common after surgery. I haven’t experienced any extreme mood swings or breakdowns, but I …

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Apr
16

Have You Had Your Conversation?

Good morning! Today is the 8th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). NHDD “exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be” …

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Apr
08

The Liver Diet

With my surgery fast approaching, last week was the start diet for my preop “liver reduction diet”. The idea behind this diet is that obese people tend to have enlarged livers due to increased glycogen storage (thanks to all those carbs) and fatty deposits. By reducing overall caloric intake (carbs especially), the goal is to …

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Apr
06

Weight Loss Surgery: The Preop Phase

One of the aspects of this experience that I really appreciate was how thorough the bariatric surgery preop approval process was. It made me feel confident that it wasn’t just about the $ for my surgeon. Even more importantly, it showed me that I could see this through. The number of appointments and evaluations I …

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Apr
03

About My Choice

By now you’ve had a few days to digest my big news (pardon the pun). You may have mixed feelings about it. Trust me, I’ve been preparing for this experience for four months now, and I have my moments. If you are curious, the exact procedure I will be undergoing is called a SIPS (stomach intestinal …

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Mar
28

Time for Drastic

Well, hullo there, strangers! Miss me? 😉 For those of you who have stuck around, bless you for your patience. The past few months have been a bit of an emotional and physical roller coaster. But I have some big news to share. Last December I went for my annual well-woman exam and mentioned to …

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