Aging and your Quality of Life

From the day we are all born, we age every day. As a young person, we don’t think about the later years in our life. We live in a very fast pace world today and it causes a lot of stress in our lives and as time goes on, the stress will affect us increasingly….

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What A Colonoscopy Reminded Me About Marriage

Yesterday, I had my first colonoscopy.

If you have not had one and don’t want to hear about this screening until you absolutely must, I suggest you stop here and click away or fixate on the happy penguins I’ve provided below.


For those still reading, let’s talk earnestly about colonoscopies. They stink. Not because the scope part is bad; you’re knocked out and don’t remember a thing about that part. But the preparation of clearing out your colon for this necessary screening can be brutal.

My preparation time

Now there’s a range of experience, with some reporting it’s not that bad and others describing tearful times on the toilet during which their discomfort on a scale from 1 to 10 would be 12½. My experience fell somewhere around an 8.

I was warned by wonderful friends, but the first few hours after I drank the first bottle of clears-colon-quickly juice, I was fine. A few visits to the restroom, but no big deal. I thought I’d weather this thing like a champ.

And then, it hit. Like a tornado appearing in the horizon, moving at ballistic speed, and ramming into you with all the force of “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Then comes the second bottle of solution. And I’m using the chemical definition of “solution” here, because if this is the solution-answer to anything, I don’t want to know the question.

Of course, this is all timed the night before in a way to make sure you sleep as little as possible. Maybe so that you’ll be too weak to fight back when you get to the surgical center and remember exactly where that scope is going.

Without going into further detail, let’s just say that one’s dignity is not exactly a high priority during this preparation process.

Two other couples in the waiting room

What does this all have to do with marriage? Well, the morning of the procedure, two other couples were also waiting in the lobby to be called, and both were clearly married—one much older, and another middle-aged like us.

When the elderly man was called, his wife was in the restroom, and he was very concerned about not being able to touch base with her first and leaving behind her purse and belongings. The front desk staff reassured him and took care of the wife’s stuff, and when she emerged, they immediately informed her where her husband had gone.

With the second couple, it was the wife getting the procedure, and as she was filling out paperwork, her husband simply brushed his hand over her head and hair—loving and familiar, a simple reminder he was there.

Sweet, huh?

And it’s my turn…

Once called back, I was given the first bed in a row of intake rooms separated by curtains. From that spot, I could hear the initial questions a nurse asked the people coming through for a procedure. When queried about whether the staff should talk to a spouse about how things were going, every person said yes. Meaning the marrieds had someone there, caring how things went, trusted to support and advocate for the patient.

Then there was the moment when my RN informed me that colon is “aired up” for visibility during the procedure, meaning afterwards…the air needs to come out. As in, they want it to come out. For a Southern gal raised with a certain view of manners, this is a challenge. I replied, “Great, so you call the spouse back into recovery, and then we’re supposed to fart all we can with them there?” The answer is yes.

Yet I know that even after all of that, my husband will find me attractive. Go figure.

Finally, there was the recovery time as I was waking up from general anesthesia. If you haven’t experienced this, it’s a bit like going from tipsy to buzzed to sober. (And now I just realized that I’m also assuming you’ve been intoxicated at some point in your life and let you know I have. I don’t do it anymore, but I was once young and stupid. Anyway, digression over.)

In that tipsy state, your filters are down. I found myself saying stuff with no ability to track the thought fully before it spilled out of my mouth. I mean, much worse than my usual inability. And what did I say? I got mushy and gushed to my husband about how much I love him.

Benefits of marriage that aren’t in the vows

Look, this marriage thing ain’t always easy, including the sex part about which I mostly write. I don’t pretend otherwise. It requires intention and effort to foster the kind of relationship we should have for a lifetime of love. But oh, the benefits!

  • Someone to drive you to and from your medical procedures
  • Someone to “have your back” when you’re unconscious and unable to speak for yourself
  • Someone who cares how you’re doing, including the health of your colon
  • Someone who loves you in spite having seen up-close-and-personal photographs of your colon
  • Someone who still thinks you’re sexy, even after you’ve farted while lying on a gurney in a hospital gown

The author of Ecclesiastes knew this too when he wrote:

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

What have you learned about the benefits of marriage in the face of health challenges or procedures?

Oh, and if you’ve had a colonoscopy, you already know this, but if you haven’t, it’s in your future. Allow me to provide one important tip: if at all possible, before your colonoscopy prep, purchase a toilet with a bidet. Just trust me on this one.

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Healing Is a Game of Balance

As a Medical Intuitive I get the honor of helping people heal. I love paying attention to people that share their lives with me and helping them understand how their choices affect how they feel and the quality of their health.

Healing is a game of balance.

All of the things we choose to say yes and no to in a day ultimately affect our health and well being. There are a few questions I regularly ask my clients to help them find healing and balance.

Where are you giving your energy and focus? What is giving energy and focus back to you? As simple as these questions are, so many physical imbalances and health issues can be caused by living a life that is depleting.

So often we forget that it is OUR responsibility to rebuild our energy and rejuvenate our bodies and minds — it doesn’t just happen on its own. When we notice our body squeaking with headaches, constipation, fatigue, and insomnia — it is our bodies way of saying,” Hello! Remember me? Can I please get some TLC?”

How many times this week have you said you are stressed, or tired, or beat? And how many of those times did you stop to take a deep breath and ask yourself what you could do to rebuild or rejuvenate yourself? Imagine your body as having a battery – just like your cell phone. Start taking inventory of how you’re feeling! Don’t expect your body to recharge itself.

Think to yourself, “What gives me energy? What is taking away my energy?”

I often ask clients to make a list of things that are rejuvenating and a list of things that are depleting in their day to day lives. So often the depleting list is incredibly long while the rejuvenating list is pretty short. I remind clients that once they notice something starts to feel depleting its important to balance it out with something rejuvenating.

Some things that can be rejuvenating:

  • Reading or listening to music
  • Taking a nap, or getting more sleep at night
  • Drinking hot tea
  • Taking a bath
  • Connecting with friends, or snuggling with pets or loved ones
  • Getting a massage, manicure, or pedicure
  • Journaling or meditating
  • Eating healthy meals and drinking lots of fresh water
  • Sweet and loving communication
  • Lighting a candle, or diffusing essential oils
  • Taking deep breaths
  • Unplugging from social media and your phone

Some things that can be depleting:

  • Loud noises and overhearing other conversations
  • Daily responsibilities- like chores around the house
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Financial stress
  • Saying yes to too many social events
  • Stress/Pressure at work or school
  • Family
  • Not getting enough quiet time
  • Unhealthy meals
  • Arguing with a loved one
  • Too much caffeine/soda
  • Holding your breath due to stress and anxiety
  • Too much time on social media

The more you start to pay attention and commit to balancing out your energy, the more you will see your health balancing out! I promise you!

Days in our lives can blur together quickly. When we remember to make the day matter by taking a few moments to rejuvenate ourselves, it’s a simple way of expressing gratitude to our bodies for all that they give and do for us on a daily basis.

We are so blessed to be alive on this wonderful Earth!

We deserve to feel energized, happy, and inspired while we are here! What we choose to do with our time is crucial to us feeling amazing! @intuitionheals (Click to Tweet!)

Huge hugs!

Robin Lee is a medical intuitive, author, mentor, gratitude advocate, and speaker who has helped thousands of people around the world understand the language of their bodies. Robin believes that our bodies innately know how to balance and heal themselves if given proper care and support. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter, where she shares tips, tools, and techniques to honor our bodies and heal our lives!

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