Over the past week I have had the unpleasant priviledge of experiencing the progression of a major winter cold. Starting with a sore throat to congestion, hoarse voice, weakness, severe cough and ulitmately the loss of my sense of smell. As you may know all too well, if you lose your sense of smell, you also lose your sense of taste. 2 senses at one time taken from you. For some reason, I have found this symptom to be the most disconcerting this time around. It lasted for a little over 48 hours and has made eating much less enjoyable.
After a shopping trip at noon (a good dose of fresh air) my sense of smell miraculously returned. It was almost ecstasy to smell again. I enjoyed drinking in the smell of Carmex as I slathered it on my parched lips, and I could finally taste what I was eating including the Halls cough drops that relieved that annoying tickle that causes coughing fits.
I can't imagine living each day without a sense of smell and therefore no taste to enjoy my food and refreshment. All of our senses are valuable and it's good to remember that they should not be taken for granted. I got my reminder and am grateful for their return.
I'm sure you all have heard of the terms binging and purging when referring to an eating disorder. I have a calendar that has words of wisdom for women who do too much. The entry for last Saturday was about binging and purging on work!!! Have you ever done that? It was an aha moment for me when I realized that that was even possible and I could see times in my life when my activity/schedule has felt like that...binging on busyness/work; then crashing and purging!
It's all about balance to avoid that rollercoaster existance. Being aware of the possibility of that happening is the first step to preventing a "work disorder". May you be blessed with balance in your work choices this year.
I have been reflecting on the content of our staff meeting this morning and the word that keeps coming up is passion. It is our passion and our mission to serve as many people as we possibly can. We are passionate about helping people feel better and obtaining the best level of health they can possibly reach. To do that we need to reach out to those that need our services. We examined a lot of different ways to do that and one of the best is to ask for referrals.
It is not always easy to ask someone to recommend our services, but we need to let everyone know that if they feel they are getting good care and improving we want them to share that with friends and family and offer them the opportunity to experience the care and healing they have received.
We are planning on implementing a referral rewards program in the near future. Until then, please let everyone you know and love how much you have improved your health with our services. We will make sure you receive the recognition you deserve!
Many of have said and I will say it again. I can't believe the year has passed and 2014 is upon us. It has been a busy holiday season at Optima with many people reporting improvement in their condition.
It is important to look back at this time and reflect on the successes all of us have experienced to varying degrees. What can you point to in your life over the past 12 months that you consider a success? What would you like to improve? Optima Health and Vitality Center is here to help you with the improvement part of your yearly evaluation.
Our goal is for you to look back on 2014 as the best year yet because you followed the recommendations and program we set up for you. Whether it is weight loss, or pain relief, or any other issue you have, please come in soon to set up a program.
The doctors and staff at Optima wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!
Happy 9th anniversary to Pam. She has been manning the desk and welcoming our patients for all those years.
Everyone I asked how they were doing today said "better" ! That is something to celebrate! What can you celebrate today? We are celebrating healing and loyalty. It's a great day at Optima!
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