Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Taping the Tube and Deep Breathing Continues
Great News: The doctors called on Monday morning and decided that it would be better and obviously less invasive to continue to tape the tiniest of tiny hole in my tube instead of going back in and having it replaced. Apparently, they had to remove the latex part of the tube due to an allergy that could have caused the hole, which inevetibly could happen again. So, the journey continues, slowly and one day at a time.
I went to have acupuncture today and it did wonders for my anxiety. The idea of this tube is a little overwhelming at times, as well as accepting my body not being able to do much for myself right now while I recover. Luckily, I'm surrounded by support (husband and mother ESPECIALLY!) and don't know what I would do without everyone. It can be hard to accept the help but learning to receive can be as great of a gift as giving, good for both the heart and soul.
That said, a technique I often turn to to reduce anxiety and bring myself to the present moment is called pranayama breathing (click for instructions). According to Yoga Journal it has a "mysterious power to soothe and revitalize a tired body, a flagging spirit, or a wild mind."
Please share any techniques you have for dealing with anxiety during trying times!