Friday, July 18, 2014

O is for Overtired

I was originally going to make this post for the Pagan Blog Project about the oak tree, but Tuesday one of my teeth decided to freak out on me. I have a degenerative enamel disease coupled with naturally more acidic saliva and no matter how hard I try, my teeth just rot. I have been to 5 dentists over the years and many are taken aback by how well I care for my teeth compared to the amount of problems I have. Well, I have a couple very weak teeth in my mouth that I have been slowly fixing and one of these teeth became infected. By Wednesday that pain was beyond anything I have ever felt before. The best example I have is placing your hand on a hot stove for 5 minutes then running it under hot water all day. Now imagine caring for a 2 and a half year old and a 7 month old (I'm a nanny right now) while in that much pain. Yeah, it was bad.

Yesterday I finally called my dentist when home remedies and self medicating didn't soothe the pain. He called in a heavy duty antibiotic and anti-inflammatory to take care of the infection until I can come in to have a root canal done. I have hardly slept all week and the medications make me extremely sleepy. I spent the entire evening yesterday laying on the couch or floor (hey, it was colder on the floor) watching Criminal Minds.

So O is for Overtired, Overworked, and Ornery this week. To calm my nerves last night I made a hot cup of green tea. It may have hurt to drink it, but it lowered my blood pressure and soothed my aching muscles. While drinking my tea I put the TV on mute, sat up right, closed my eyes, and breathed deeply. I didn't full on meditate because I knew if I did I would surely fall asleep, but I did focus intently on the flavors in my tea and my slowing heartbeat. In the 10 minutes it took me to finish, most of the pain I was feeling was gone so when my husband finally came home to cook me something soft to eat, I was able to get some food in me. Simple, but effective.

What do you do when you are overtired and overworked? And remember to check back next week to learn about the oak tree and pick up your own free BOS page!


  1. hope your doing better Willow. I have been overtired lately myself. I need to meditate more often than I do. To relax and retreat from my stress this week I lost myself in my digital graphics program and did a bunch of coloring & creating ;)

    1. Thank you! The antibiotics are working wonders! And I do the same thing when I am feeling well but this mind was so bad I was seeing double. What program do you use to make graphics? I am working with a version of Photoshop that is over 10 years old. Works but hella difficult.


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