As of now, I’m going to keep Lipstick as a product review site only. I’m working on some pieces in private and I may actually attempt to compile them into a book. Until all of those stories are hashed out, I’m going to keep them on the fray. But, I can’t stay away from my beloved Lipstick in totality. And I do miss telling you all the funky fresh items I encounter.
First though… I want to give a little bit of a warning about a product most of us ingest on a regular basis: prescription medicine.
Before I tell you my story, I must say: I’m an absolute believer in medicine from doctors who went to school a very very very long time. I’m going to choose a MD (especially if he’s HAWT) over an alternative doc every day of the week and twice on Sunday. But, I found I need to do a better job of understanding my body in conjunction with my medical doc.
For the past 6-8 weeks I’ve felt awful. I’ve been incredibly moody – high highs and low lows, dizzy to the point of fainting, fuzzy and woozy, and no energy at all. Like any normal person, I put all of my symptoms into WebMD and was diagnosed with everything from depression to hypo- and hyper-thyroid to cat scratch fever.
After too many weeks of missing out on life, I scheduled a doctor’s appointment with my primary care physician. We talked through everything I’d been experiencing, my general health (like what I eat, how often I work out, the hours of sleep I get, ect).
As we spoke, I knew things were gonna get ugly. I eat incredibly healthy, work out regularly, and wasn’t missing any sleep because I was always tired.
I felt sure I had some major illness. In no way could someone who actively pursued health as I did and feel like such royal poop.
After our conversation, my doc simply looked at me and said, “I think it’s a combination of the prescriptions you’re taking. We’ll do blood work (I insisted because I had to fast all dang day and I better get something out of that starvation!) but I really think what you’re taking is making your hormones imbalanced and not allowing you to rest properly.”
I immediately got off the two medicines she indicated. It’s been 5 days. I’m clear-headed, peaceful, and me again.
I’m telling each of you this not because I don’t believe in medicine. Again, I fully believe in certified medical doctors (especially hot ones—I really really believe in hot doctors). But… It’s also critical to have a relationship with your doctor while also understanding your body.
Honestly, I should have known. I have stopped taking prescription painkillers days after major surgery because of the hallucinations I experienced. I’ll take pain over foggy any day. But, I wasn’t paying attention and just kept popping the pills as prescribed.
Know yourself. Know what meds you take too. Be aware of subtle changes as much as major changes. And don’t be afraid to say, “This isn’t right. I need help to get this fixed.”
We’re blessed to have access to medical help in our country. Take advantage of it and be the best you you can be.