Yesterday I met with a client who needed to reschedule the week before. Why? Because she was in urgent care dealing with multiple infections. “I’m going to have some serious lessons learned after this” she said in a text.
The antibiotics started to work her magic as we scheduled our next session. Yesterday we sat down to refocus on her goals, but I wanted to get a sense of what led up to her being in such a dire situation.
"So tell me about the days leading up to going to Urgent Care.”
“Well I hadn’t been feeling well for a couple of weeks, but my schedule was too busy and I couldn’t make time to make an appointment to go to the doctors. I brushed it off and hoped it would go away, but it kept getting worse. I made a doctor’s appointment and the next available appointment was five days away.”
“What did you tell them your symptoms were?”
“I wasn’t very honest with them and definitely undersold what was actually going on. I didn’t want to freak anyone out and thought I could push through.”
But pushing through was the last thing her body did. The next day she had to run out of a web meeting to go to the Urgent Care for what turned out to be three infections, one of which was in her kidneys.
I asked her “When did your body start whispering it needed attention?”
“Oh months and weeks ago.”
“When did it start talking?”
“And when did it scream?”
“Two days before I went in.”
My client isn’t alone. I’m guilty of brushing aside alignments that I hoped would go away. I’ve ignored things that just weren’t quite right that in hindsight couldn’t been dealt with very easily. Our body knows what we need and when we ignore it, it doesn’t go away, it gets louder until we listen.
It turns out, she needed rest and time to herself. She knew she needed it, but didn’t want to admit it.
“What more evidence do you need to know this is what you need?” I inquired.
“I don’t want to know what’s worse than this. I know I need it.”
“So when will you start listening to your body?”
“When it whispers.”
I’ll be checking in on her to make sure she’s been sticking to her self-care routine.
For everyone out there going a mile a minute, take a pause and check in with your body. Those around you want you well taken care of before you take care of their needs. Take a nap or make a cup of tea. Your only job today is to take care of you.