On Monday, while the rest of the US of A was celebrating
the Hallmark holiday Valentine’s Day, I took Frankie to see Dr. Kris at Serenity Health and Wellness. Dr. Kris is a chiropractor that I saw while I was pregnant and developed a burning stabbing feeling in my back that made me want to scream. Oh, I mean sciatica.
**Side note: FYI, Tony is no slouch of a husband, and he did recognize Valentine’s Day by buying me flowers, some chocolate, and, my personal favorite, a Social Distortion CD circa 1990. I love you, my punk rock hubby!
But Dr. Kris is so much more. She is also trained in holistic medicine, specifically for pregnancy and pediatric care. She also LISTENS. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find a doctor that listens to you and asks a million questions, and then puts all that information together into one comprehensive assessment of your health? Of course you do, you try to navigate the American health care system just like I do. Well, Dr. Kris does that. She gets it.
Frankie got a clean bill of health, although she did do some adjustments on him and some craniosacral work to open up his chest and nose from his cold. We talked a lot of diet (both his and mine), and while I got lots of kudos for his diet (no juice, all fruits and veggies), there’s a few things we need to change.
– I eat WAY too much dairy. I know this makes my family laugh, because it reminds of Tor, the holistic healer on Seinfeld, but it’s true. And it affects both Frankie and my congestion. So I’m off cow’s milk and drinking rice milk instead, which is surprising delicious! It’s very sweet and I really don’t notice the difference. I do miss cheese though…
– More beans, and less meat in our diet. I’ve been meaning to work on this anyways.
– To help with our colds (yes, I caught Frankie’s cold. He’s cute but highly contagious), she gave me this stuff called D-Hist, a natural sinus/allergy/cold homeopathic medicine. It tastes a little weird, but I think it’s working.
– We need to find a better Vitamin D drop for Frankie. The one we’ve been using is the most common, mainstream brand, but it also has unnecessary artificial flavors and other nasties in it.
I’m thinking of reworking our diet a bit in general, based on her advice. Frankie will be eating what we’re eating in a few months, so we need to start off right. And seriously, my diet has been half dairy for years. I need to get vegan cookbooks or something and figure out something else to eat!