Is Shift Work Supporting us as Nurses/Midwives?

By L.R, Midwife, VIC

Shift work is something that all nurses and midwives experience. It is part of our working contract, and something that we have all agreed to do. Shift work can be demanding – on our bodies, our family life and social life, but do we need to let these demands affect us or is there a way to go with the flow and live in a way that supports us throughout the working week and our working lives?

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Deepening and Settling with Sleep

Having previously struggled with sleep I applied a practical movement to my day of making my life about people, not just me, and what I can bring to any situation for people, not just for myself.

The results were amazing, it blew me away. I felt more settled in my body during the day and slept more soundly at night. But this was not the end, simply the beginning of deepening into this way of living and looking at my sleep and how I am living in the day, so as I can sleep more settled and deeply, to bring more of me to the next day. 

To begin with my sleep was still unsettled, waking, sometimes for hours, the cycle of insomnia continuing, but if I looked at my day, like a science experiment, it was clear to see that without being hard on myself, my movements during the day weren’t supporting myself, my body or my being to go into a deep repose, sleep and true settlement at the end of the day. 

For example I noticed that I was eating chocolate like crazy, not just one or two bits but family sized bars or bags of chocolate buttons a day, but when I came off work for a summer break, no chocolate, no cravings for chocolate, no thoughts of manically needing or buying some. This tells me very clearly there is something going on energetically at work during the day that I do not want to feel and read what’s going on, as the sugar is making me racy and so I can’t clearly read what is going on.  This reaction to the energy I didn’t want to feel and the sugar in my body was setting my body up for more anxiety, and lots of unsettlement. 

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Having enough Sleep and Energy to get through the Day

I have grown up on the belief that having enough hours of sleep gives you the energy to get through the next day and if you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll be tired and struggle to get through the day. 

But I have recently discovered this is not the whole truth.

I have had trouble sleeping for about 6 or 7 months now, a culmination of things such as bullying at work, the stress of that, the lack of support felt in a work situation, a death in the family, relationship issues, moving to a new house, a culmination of things I have allowed to unsettle me through the day, whether that be reacting to people or situations or stimulating myself with worry, sugar and anxiety. 

Don’t get me wrong, on a human level there has been a huge amount to deal with at once. People say moving house is one of the most stressful things to do in life, add to this death, work, and relationship issues – it is a lot to deal with by oneself. I need to learn to appreciate just how incredibly I do deal with life, not perfectly, but take a step back and see wow, what I bring to all these situations and dealing with them all at the same time. To feel that strength in me, that part that actually finds it is a breeze, I can deal with it all, it doesn’t rock me. In my core there is a solidness with it. But also to remember to not be hard on myself, give myself a break so to speak and time to feel that part, the solid, steady part, that actually I can deal with this all very easily, and simply, and not focus on the part that wants to stimulate me, complicate things, knock me down and create drama. 

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My Relationship with my Spleen.

by Suzanne Cox, Australia.

Most of us don’t know much about our spleen and we certainly don’t have an intimate relationship with it. My relationship with my spleen was not something I was consciously aware of early in life. Yet when I was younger, I grew up in a family where early to bed, early to rise was the way we lived. In bed by about 8:30 to 9pm and up at dawn, or sometimes earlier if a school assignment had to be finished and handed in that day. I never could stay up any later than 9:30pm, which is why I would get up extra early in the morning to finish the school assignment, and I was much fresher and clearer at that time of the morning.  

Once I was in Business College and later at work, my number one priority became my friends and socialising late into the night. I would do this activity on work nights as well as during the weekend, feeling invincible with the heightened stimulation that comes with drinking alcohol, loud music and social activity among close friends and large groups at a venue. I was having so much fun being “out there,” that there was little consideration for “in here” until my body could no longer take it and asked me to stop one night. But I didn’t stop though, arguing with my mother who wanted me to stay in. There was no way I was going to miss out on being with my friends on Thursday night at the local pub. The place was always packed, with so much going on and I certainly did not want to miss out so off I went, with my fever to the pub!

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The body never lies

Anon, UK

Not too long ago I noticed a little bump appearing on the back of my neck, right on my spine, half-way between the base of my neck and the base of my skull. I didn’t think much of it, I thought it was a spot, maybe an irritated hair follicle.

Knowing there is a reason for everything and it wasn’t ‘just’ a spot or an accident, it did cross my mind as to wonder why I had a spot there.  I treated it with some tea tree oil, which is a good antibacterial oil, but then realised after a week or two that it was bigger and not going away as a spot usually would.

Rather than dismiss it, I went to the doctor rather than letting things go or thinking it’s no big deal, as I feel it is important to get any medical support we require. What it transpired to be was a small cyst; I was curious as to why, what causes it from a medical perspective, but I also know that our body is constantly telling us everything, and never lies. There was more to this than just being a small cyst, that needed to be cut out and removed, there was the root cause energy behind it, how had I been living that the body needed to clear it with this bump on my neck. This is where the magic of Esoteric Medicine comes in, it works in perfect unison with Western Medicine to look at the whole, it comes from the inside out and Western Medicine meets the issue, illness, ailments, disease from the outside, and together they support one another. Continue reading “The body never lies”

Anal Fistula – Holding On … Is it Worth it?

By Anonymous, UK

In January 2018 I was diagnosed with an anal fistula. A fistula is a tunnel that has formed with an opening at either end, one outside the anal entrance and one – or more, as in my experience I had two – inside. It becomes increasingly painful to sit, poo and move around and then very painful 24/7. It can be caused by Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis or certain other bowel conditions. It can develop as a consequence of an abscess forming and then bursting, and often is accompanied by constipation initially. It is notable for the pain experienced.

The main form of treatment is surgery. The fistula or the tunnel can be opened up from one end to the other all in one go or in stages. There is a risk of incontinence in some types of fistula that involve the anal sphincters if they are opened all at once. An alternative approach is to insert a Seton suture – which is usually a length of plastic which is put through the tunnel and tied in a loop and this helps to drain the fistula and it can then be opened up gradually over a number of weeks rather than all at once.

My symptoms had started with what seemed like faecal incontinence which only happened after I had passed stool. I left this alone for a while to see if it would stop on its own, like many of us do. It didn’t, I was leaking poo through the fistula, leaving me sore, uncomfortable, inflamed and concerned. I had bleeding from my anus and a lot of pain. As time went on my anus became swollen and bright red most of the time, looking and feeling a lot like bad sunburn. I didn’t however have an abscess or any other bowel condition, though I regularly had constipation. Continue reading “Anal Fistula – Holding On … Is it Worth it?”

A 15 year ‘longitudinal’ study on health and wellbeing (aka – my body knows best).

By Manager in Healthcare, UK 

Over many years, I have collected thousands of articles about lifestyle and the impact on our health, as well as articles about health, well-being, workplace health, non-communicable diseases, women’s health, including a range of studies that have been published from medical and other journals, undertaken by a range of researchers. These include randomised controlled trials, longitudinal studies, quantitative and qualitative studies, epidemiological studies, and surveys of all sizes, though often quite small cohorts. Along with this research, I have undertaken my own longitudinal study.

There are a few things that strike me in having read these published studies:

Very often the messages are contradictory – e.g. some say coffee is bad for you, and others say coffee is good for you, or red wine is good for you, or red wine is bad for you – raising a number of questions e.g. how do we know something is ‘good’ for us? On what basis? How come there are contradictory messages – given that some of these articles are based on ‘research’ studies? How could two similarly undertaken research studies about the same topic, e.g. coffee or red wine, come up with very different results, when the outcome could be potentially catastrophic for the recipient (e.g. the person drinking the wine or coffee because they now think it is ‘good’ for them)?

A number of the articles are ‘evidence-based’ – which suggests that the outcome of the study has been based on best available ‘evidence’ e.g. based on sound research and not based on opinion. And whilst there is much written about evidence-based practice, evidence-based medicine, evidence-based research, this opens up the question of what is ‘evidence’ in any given circumstance? The current definition of evidence-based practice is “the integration of critically appraised research, with clinical expertise, and the client’s preferences, beliefs and values” (1).

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Osteoporosis: it’s not just an illness for ‘old people’

by Anon, 42, UK

Osteoporosis is not just an illness for ‘old people’; I know, because I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis at the age of 39.

Most people think of Osteoporosis as an illness that women get when they are older, when their bones become weak and fragile, but it can occur in much younger women, and in men too.

My periods had stopped when I was in my late thirties for around 12 months. When I was being investigated for this, I had a bone density scan and I was told I was on the borderline for having Osteoporosis. Recently I wanted to know if it had gotten worse over the last three years and asked to have another scan. It was then the doctor said I had already been diagnosed with it on the previous scan!

In my search for answers and healing during those three years I used both Esoteric Medicine and Western Medicine together, to support my health and healing, and to get a deeper understanding of the energetic root cause of my illnesses, including looking at what energy I was living in, allowing and choosing that resulted in me being ill. Basically my healing process was a marriage of both Western and Esoteric medicine, one from the outside, the other from the inside, to get to the whole truth of what was going on.

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The delicacy of my lungs.

by Amparo Lorente Cháfer, Special Needs Educator, Alicante, Spain 

As a result of everything that is happening around us with corona virus disease, I have begun to get in contact with my lungs and all the delicacy that this area hosts within me. The exquisite fragility of each in breath and the enormous beauty with which my body restfully assimilates the air that enters inside me.

Now that I stop to observe this area, I feel something very sacred there. I feel as if there is a temple in my body, and that it resides in my chest, in the area of ​​the heart and lungs and the way to access it is from repose.

When I stop my perpetual motion and surrender to repose, and deeply rest, and connect with the temple within, it is a space that expands with my presence, a pulse that connects me to life. A thread that reflects my connection to the universe and shows the fragility of my existence. Continue reading “The delicacy of my lungs.”

Reclaiming a medical normal.

by Ingrid Ward, New Zealand.

When I stop and observe the health of people around me and humanity’s health in general, it seems to me that we have come to accept many things in the medical field as ‘normal’ when actually, they are not. We have come to accept that it’s normal to feel tired, to have indigestion, to have a consistently runny nose, just as a few examples. And for much of my life I was one who considered these conditions to be normal, simply the way my body was.  It’s taken a deep commitment to changing my lifestyle, the way I am living, eating and working, to now know that these accepted ‘normals’ are actually making us sick.

A couple of months ago I had an experience of another, but slightly unusual, accepted normal. I had a health issue that took me to my doctor’s surgery but this time to another doctor in the practice. He was in his 60’s and so had been dispensing his medical skills for several decades. In the course of the appointment he examined my abdomen, palpating gently wherever he went. Then he stopped over my midriff and the palpating became a little more focussed so I felt to ask him what he was looking for. The conversation then unfolded like this. Continue reading “Reclaiming a medical normal.”