“Please Pass the Drano”
10-½ months...I can now report that I am on the other side of illness. Of course, there are the daily and weekly issues which regularly arise, but overall I am experiencing more health. Although my body is still often fatigued and tired, my brain is now clearer and less fuzzy. The body and mind negotiate a daily compromise regarding my activities, but life is surely moving forward.
Two weeks ago, my IV Central Line became a bit clogged, not unlike an old drain filled with debris. A pipe must be cleared before it can drain smoothly and so, too, we attempted a “drano”-type product (called CathFlo) especially designed for IV lines. Fortunately it worked well enough, so that the crisis is now over and my line can stay in place. Phew!
According to protocol, I am now on another IV antibiotic hiatus for 4-6 weeks. During this time, as the microbes wake up and have their party in the antibiotic-free zone, I will experience more of the familiar old symptoms. The exact combination of symptoms gives us insight into the nature of the microbial population still in existence and provides us the information needed to choose the next IV medication.
I am now walking unassisted (although still careful not to be vertical for too long) and so I have embarked on a Yoga Teacher Training program, entailing monthly travel around our splendid country. In the next few weeks, I begin teaching classes on meditation and gentle yoga in our Valley. I look forward to sharing meditation’s and yoga’s gifts. They have been invaluable support in my own journey and perhaps may help others, as well.
Although I truly hope for and vehemently work towards full recovery, life is here to be sincerely seized and mindfully savored every moment no matter the circumstance.
Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and I wish you a deep inner peace, heart-warming love, and boundless joy!
Sending love and light,
Excerpt from my journal... “Ready to Receive the Broadcast” © Christina Danyluk
It is said "Life is change" and yet we often seem comforted by the delusion of stability. Life offers us gifts and then without notice can take them away, eroding our security. Why then cling so vehemently to the illusion of permanency? Is it not more useful to ride the wave and discover where it leads instead of standing upon the shore cursing the water? When we allow the flow of life to move in it's rhythm, each of the challenges we face, can bring us closer to our inner truth. We can simultaneously throw ourselves into the experience, but also like a hot air ballon we can hover above the landscape of our existence mindfully observing the true essence of our being.
I want to learn from you my wise inner Teacher, but I have often strained to hear your whisper above the cacophony of this world. I have sometimes stumbled along the journey losing my way in the darkness. When fear overcame me, in my venerability I curled into a protective ball, watching, waiting, and wondering. It is then that I remembered to look for you deep within. I listened intently and there you were. I heard your murmur guiding my way helping me chose a path in the road. You showed me that learning comes from all experiences and no matter their label, each brings with it an important message. So accept the challenges and opportunities, you say, for learning comes in all shapes and sizes, and even when we are uncomfortable. Along with your wisdom, you offer grace for the asking, helping us all move with more ease thru the quagmire of uncertainty.
And so it is now with a unique amalgam of calm and trepidation that I depart the dubious shore of perceived safety and wander into the unknown ocean. When I lose my way, I often rely on the sextant of insight and the celestial bodies of truth to guide me. I endeavor to allow new experiences to disrobe my being and ever-so-slowly I shed another murky layer until I reach my essence. We are one with all in our midsts, like the water droplets are one with the wave. This is my glorious, challenging, and wondrous journey, to allow the dissolution of my egoic layers, discover my truth, and touch the joyous core bubbling with the nature of authentic existence.
Oh life so mystical and wise, please bring your lessons with softness, as I am a beginner. Know that I am here in the present moment, with my signal tuned into your station, ready to receive your insightful broadcast.
Like the 133+ million Americans facing medical adversity today, I too, am on a seemingly insurmountable journey. In the midst of overwhelming calamity, what tools can empower us to get on with the business of living and thriving?
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Going to the Mattresses
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IV Pump Demo
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