So as I sit here making my calls to let folks know that both my kids will be staying home from school sick today with colds (yup - on Valentine's Day), I was reminded of a conversation from a girl's night out this weekend.
The topic of women being nurturing came up and why it is we often nurture others at the expense of our own needs and sometimes even health. There was no real resolution, I believe the conversation veered from there into some other direction, but it is still hovering around in my head. Oddly enough the next morning, the universe would bring it up again...
Give me a kick in the pants really... and it looked something like the picture above. I was graced with my first ever Ocular Migraine and boy was it interesting. For those who aren't familiar with these goodies, they are similar but different from their more famous cousins - the headache migraine. The ocular version has similar causes (such as red wine and chocolate, stress, contricted blood vessels), but differs in symptoms. Most folks experiencing the ocular version as I did, get a small fuzzy part of their vision which gets bigger and bigger (blocking out 1/2 of the vision in my case) for about 20 - 30 minutes and then goes away. Mine was followed by a low level headache and extreme fatigue which lasted about a day and a half!
Since the migraine, I finally succumbed to the cold my kids are dealing with, had a flareup of my shoulder/neck injury and got a nasty cold sore on my lip (always a sign of stress in my body). And so... maybe just maybe the universe is saying, in a not-so-subtle-anymore kind of a way: "Mama Zuzi... you need to be taking care of yourself. Time to get serious about all that exercising you aren't doing, that physical therapy your shoulder needs, actually taking care of your skin (instead of just looking at the skin care products on the shelf), eating better based on your own needs and not the kids and well... creating a family schedule that honors some regular time for mama to relax (and some of that time with papa). Hmmmm. Finally time to get serious about taking care of myself too. Cause of course if I'm not here for some reason, who'll take care of the kids :-)
PS... for those who still want to voice their opinion on photo card themes, I'm thinking of closing down the poll on Friday afternoon to order photos... so have at it until then!