Medicine: the good, the bad, and the ugly.


I have been off the grid a couple of weeks dealing with a strange but semi-serious issue. I have also gone back and forth about sharing this issue with our Young Living community. Mostly, because it’s personal, but also because the nature of the issue isn’t generally appropriate for social media. With that said, you have been warned, this may be TMI.

13 years ago, after the birth of my daughter I had an IUD inserted. Immediately following insertion, I knew it was a bad idea. I wanted it out, but I waited until the 6 week follow-up appointment, to see if I would change my mind. I had not.

However, when the doctor attempted to remove it, she could not find the strings. I was scheduled for a procedure to locate it in the uterus; it was not in there. The doctor’s final word was that the device must have fallen out.

I still felt like something was not right, but had no medical proof or means to do anything about it. I had discomfort, even through another pregnancy, and hormonal irregularity, for years to follow.

Last week, 13 years following that procedure, I went to the ER with pain in my right side, that had replaced the previous discomfort. A CT scan revealed that missing IUD attached to an inflamed appendix. The doctor removed both. A few days later, I was re-admitted with further complications, and had a 3 night stay to correct the situation.

Yes, really.

So why am sharing all of this?

I regularly teach about the importance of listening to our bodies. This is a great example of why this is so very important. I didn’t know enough thirteen years ago to advocate for myself or demand better answers.

I do now.

Every step of the way, this time, I have asked questions and been involved in my care. I am using my oils for my immune and emotional support. Overall, I am just really relieved that the discomfort in my side was not in my imagination.

I am puzzled as to why my medical professionals, dismissed it for so many years. But I am absolutely more confident in my ability to assess when something is not right with my body.

At one point, I even began avoiding the doctor and finding alternative ways to heal. I’m glad this happened, because I have learned a lot about nutrition and supplements to support my body. However, there are times when I need a doctor and the fact that I hesitate to seek treatment is probably unsafe.

So, I write this post to urge you to always listen to your body. As an oiler, I am not anti-medicine. I have been surrounded by good caring medical professionals the for the last two weeks and I am grateful beyond measure.

I do believe we should all be educated consumers, who work to find doctors who will value our questions and requests regarding our healthcare. We need these professionals on our sides.

However, I will never blindly trust any food, drug, or FDA approved medical device. Anything I put in my body or in my family’s body will need to be researched and ultimately approved by me. If you’re wondering if my issue is a rare one, just google IUD lawsuits. It’s a sad but real problem. These devices are still on the market and used by people I love.

I can also tell you that it is very easy to get medication in hospitals and at doctors offices. But the benefits long-term are not always what we need. With each prescription, I sit pen in hand, asking about the side effects and necessity of each. I have said no to several drug suggestions that were not pertinent to my recovery but merely for resting. I replaced my resting meds with my oils and have done well.

Over the years, I had to learn to discern the difference between healing meds and symptom stoppers.Β I am grateful to be a part of a community that makes wellness and education a priority. Otherwise, I may have accepted the false diagnosises, meds, and side-effects, for my condition which was actually a foreign object.

I appreciate your prayers as I heal and get back out there!

Chemical Free Skin Care

Have you tried Young Living Essential Oils for your skincare needs? If not, you are missing out on a luxurious, chemical-free experience! These oils have been used throughout history to keep skin healthy and radiant.

The skin is our largest organ. This means unhealthy skin is often a result of illness or toxic overload inside the body. Likewise, everything that touches our skin also has the potential to enter our bodies. So, due to our bodies natural give and take relationship with the world around us and it’s portrayal of our internal health, good food, hydration, chemical free environments, moisturizing, and cleansing, all contribute not only to healthy skin but healthy living. Hormonal balance and stress reduction will also improve the appearance of skin.

Take a look at some of the skin benefits of the oils featured above:

Frankincense- anti-inflamatory, antiseptic, anti-aging, and scar prevention.

Patchouli- tightens loose skin, prevents wrinkles, UV protection, and reduces puffy appearance in the skin.

Myrrh- helps with wrinkles, chapped, cracked, and inflamed skin.

Geranium- blemishes, eliminates toxins, may balance sebum, and improves the look of pale skin.

Carrot Seed- wrinkles, sunburn, and dryness.

Manuka- chafing, rashes, oily skin, and mild sunburn.

Thankfully, in addition to supporting the skin, essential oils support all of the systems in the body for whole body health. Products that are filled with toxic chemicals disrupt the endocrine system, overload the liver and kidneys, and are often carcinogenic. Curious if your products contain these types of toxic ingredients? Take a look at the label and look for aluminum, alcohol, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Talc, or Parabens (Poepping, 2015).

Young Living Oils are also a cost effective way to care for your skin. Each 15 ml bottle of YL oil contains approximately 250-300 drops of the highest quality oil you can buy. One drop a day in your palm and dispersed over the skin with a drop of warm water would means 9 months of skin care. Some of the more valuable oils might seem pricey, but at $73.50 for a bottle of Frankincense, the cost would be less than $9 a month. Serums can be blended for even less. Generally, a serum is 10 ml of quality carrier oil and 15 drops of YL essential oils. There are recipes all over Pinterest and in The Chemical Free Home books by Melissa Poepping, for exploring.

The YL formulated skincare line is also fantastic and last for months due to their concentration. My daughter and I share the Sherlume moisturizer and it has lasted us about 5 months. I simply add one to my Essential Reward order every 6th month, get 20% back on that product, bringing it to $5.42 per person per month. If I didn’t share it would last 10 month! Super affordable and clean skin care!

The ability to change my daily skin routine, if the need arises, is incredibly valuable to me. Stress, traveling, food choice, weather, and pollution levels, change daily, and all affect my skin, so I am grateful for my YL oils and their versatility to support my skin care needs.

 

 

 

 

References:

Higley, A. & C., (1996-2010). Quick reference guide for using essential oilsΒ (12th ed.). Spanish Fork, UT: Abundant Health

Poepping, M. (2015). The chemical free home.Β Essentially Sweet Health, LLC.