When your body starts telling you something isn’t right, listen. As moms we so often neglect taking care of ourselves. We power through because there are too many other people relying on us.
That reliance, however, is the exact reason we need to be in tune with our bodies, visit the doctor and respond accordingly when concerns come to the surface.
This post was sponsored by Walgreens. All stories, experiences and opinions are my own.
When Your Body Starts Telling You Something Isn’t Right
It wasn’t long ago that my body was shouting to me that something was off. Anxiety was a reality. I was hitting some pretty low lows. Brain fog and forgetfulness seemed to be the new norm. I was tired often.
Was this just the signs of aging? Were my personal struggles invading my life so much that my health was paying a toll?
Those things might be contributing to my health, but a small voice in the back of my head kept whispering that something wasn’t right.
Confession 1: I’m not great at keeping up with a doctor regularly.
When I started to feel bad, I wasn’t even quite sure where to turn because I didn’t have a primary care doctor.
A friend recommended a nurse practitioner that had a medical background but also was educated in more natural solutions to health care. This was the perfect fit for my philosophy on health. I went to see her.
There were a few things going on with me, and a combination of medicine and supplements were needed.
I have hypothyroidism. My body does not produce enough thyroid hormone. I need medicine to help feel normal.
Further, I am in my 40’s now, which means my adrenal glands are starting to break down. Adrenal glands regulate stress, and a simple supplement can help stabilize my body. My blood draw indicated a few other problems, including two copies of the MTHFR gene mutation and low iron.
Needless to say, there were valid reasons for me experiencing the symptoms I faced. It was not just age, and I’m so thankful I followed my intuition and visited a doctor.
Confession 2: I don’t like taking medicine.
I’m not alone either. Did you know that 33% of prescriptions are never filled? Further, nearly 100 million Americans do not follow their prescription requirements correctly – either because of forgetfulness, inconvenience or lack of education.
I was one of those 100 million. Guess what. My symptoms came back. Shocking, I know!
On a visit to my nurse practitioner, where I did complain about how I was feeling, she asked about my consistency with my meds and supplements. “I’m just not good at taking pills,” was my response.
Her reply has stuck with me ever since, I have been changed because of it.
“You can’t say that. You need to start saying to yourself that you are good at taking your meds.”
I’ve been great at taking my medicine ever since she said that to me. The fatigue, depression and brain fog dissipates as I follow through with my regimen. I need to be good at taking my pills – for my sake…for my family’s sake.
I want to be healthy. Being awake, cheerful and present for my family is so important. When I am not functioning at full capacity, everyone suffers.
Another help is that I recently switched pharmacies. After too many bad experiences, I switched to Walgreens. The Walgreens app allows me to refill prescriptions, set pill reminders and get 24/7 answers live with a pharmacy professional. You can even pre-pay or get your prescriptions delivered to your door. There are also weekly ads and coupons for my other needs.
The goal and the heart of Walgreens is to make it convenient to stay healthy by never missing a day of your prescribed medications. The Walgreens #☎️ is your wake up call to help remember to stay consistent with your medications so your body doesn’t suffer.
At Walgreens, I can not only get my prescriptions, but I can also purchase the supplements needed to make my body function better.
We can care for our health through diet and exercise. However, there are illnesses that can best be managed through the great gift of medicine. When that reality hits you, please remember to take your prescribed meds. Let Walgreens help make it convenient.