I had a doctor’s appointment with my pulmonologist today. I mentioned on Facebook that this was the first time I have ever gone back to my doctor, a month later, able to say that I had done everything he asked me to do, and more besides. In the last month I have taken every medication prescribed as they were prescribed…and probably more importantly, nothing that wasn’t prescribed! I’ve truly spent this last month focused on improving my health. And it showed today in my appointment. Instead of declining (as it always has in the past), my lung function went up three points from 49% to 52%. My weight is stable at around 160 pounds, and my digestion hasn’t been giving me any problems.
In talking to my doctor it was evident that he was pleased with my progress. It was apparent that my efforts on this wellness quest have really been working.
In fact, there were quite a few things about today that showed me, very clearly, how much healthier I am in spirit, mind, and body.
I ran a whole mile at my top-speed on the treadmill without stopping, taking a break, and without coughing. For those of you who know someone with CF, or who know me personally, you will know what an accomplishment that is. I have never done that, not in my entire life.
It’s only 8pm and I’ve already drunk 70+ ounces of water today.
I spent over an hour doing strength-training exercises (including weight-lifting and bowflex) and although my muscles are tired, they are not sore.
And, I’ve eaten nothing be healthy, plant based food. No added sugars, no genetically modified foods, no hormones or nasty artificial chemicals. And, my lunch today was leftovers from the dinner I planned and cooked last night.
I spent 30 minutes in meditation today.
The list goes on and on.
Although this post might look like bragging, it isn’t. It is simply some tangible evidence for all of you reading this that this experiment, this Wellness Quest, is working.
The stated primary goal for this quest has been “optimal wellness”. I am proud to say that with the help of my aunt and uncle, the rest of my family and my friends, with a measure of my own determination, I have moved just a little closer to that goal. I have a long ways to go yet before I reach my physical and spiritual selves’ optimum level of health. But I am well on my way.
I am curious to hear from all of you: what do you think of when you hear the phrase “optimal wellness”? What does it mean to you, in your life, right now?
Thank you all for reading this and supporting me from wherever you are.