Thanks for the update, Lenny
More about stress
My wife (and I) due to our life experiences with our children and fighting the system, looking for care, etc., and now my wife having extreme PHN pain every afternoon, has put her under extreme stress. One of the measures of the effect of stress on one's body is your cortisol levels.
"Physical and emotional stress, as well as illness, can increase cortisol levels, because during the normal stress response the pituitary gland releases more ACTH."
Cortisol affects many different body systems. It plays a role in:
- Circulatory system
- Immune system
- Metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and protein
- Nervous system
- Stress responses
My wife's cortisol levels, when tested a couple of years ago, were extremely high. She is under medication, and also uses some relaxing techniques and calming techniques to help keep things under control.
Me? I just go and beat the heck out of my bicycle, swim real hard or walk a long ways to help.
Everyone is different in their response to stress.
Lots of folks think stress is a sort of fake kind of thing, but, believe me, it is a real phenomenon and, as you noticed, can affect the body in many ways.
Good luck and thanks again for the update.
BTW, here is something I posted to our parents advocacy group yesterday. Talk about stress!!
Why we need each other - a tough week
This week, two of the adult children of your staunchest advocates passed on into a better world, while a child of another tremendous advocate was informed of impending blindness. Another child was in the ER due to behavioral challenges that the system seems unable to meet, and another long-term advocate parent was desperately worried and terrified that her now independent daughter with Down Syndrome was losing cognition.
In each of the above cases, PAD-CO (Parents of Adults with Disabilities in Colorado) participants have been able to give support and comfort.
And, now we are being asked to provide more and more care for our children using so-called "natural supports." While natural supports may be a reality for some, it is not for others, and even those using natural supports can have the situation changed by a move, stroke, aging, arguments or lots of other concerns.
The legislature will be convening soon. Organizations such as CCDC, The Arcs, PAD-CO, P2P and other advocacy organizations will be monitoring legislation to reduce harmful legislative actions, and propose new actions that will be beneficial.
In the meantime, there will be a Summit about us - parents of and individuals with disabilities - but with only three identified parents attending among 600 participants. They will be deciding our and our children's future, but won't hear from us. We were not even included in the planning.
The ONLY defense against this is to join together and to participate and form a solid front, comforting each other, supporting each other, helping each other, and uniting for all of our children and individuals with disabilities.
Denver C.Fox, Ed.D.
Pure Advocacy • No Compromise • Empowered Parents